FiT Publishing at West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences has been selected by the University of South Carolina’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management to publish its Sport & Entertainment Review, formerly the Journal of Venue and Event Management.

According to Bob Heere, USC associate professor and Ph.D. program director and editor of Sport & Entertainment Review, rebranding the publication supports a broader scope of topics to be published in the journal and allows for a greater emphasis on the many forms of the growing entertainment industry, such as live performance, theater, music, film and arts.

“This rebranding will enhance the synergy between the journal and the annual Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow conference hosted in November by USC and Venues Today,” Heere said.

A new editorial board headed by Heere reflects the journal’s international focus with members from eight countries to review scholarly work in both sport and entertainment. Board members from the United States, Canada, England, Northern Ireland, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand support the international focus of the journal and will encourage submissions from all over the world for both sport and entertainment.

FiT director Matt Brann, who secured the agreement with USC and is the managing editor of FiT’s Sport Marketing Quarterly and the International Journal of Sport Finance, says the expanded scope and reach of the Sport & Entertainment Review comes at an important time of fueled growth in the sport and entertainment industries.

“The focus of sporting events today is on more than just the competition on the field or court,” Brann says. “The entire sporting experience, from pre- and post-game events to in-game promotions and entertainment, has not only broadened the appeal of events, but also provided scholars with an abundance of research opportunities, of which the findings can greatly assist practitioners in delivering a more enjoyable experience to the consumer. Because of this synergy between the sport and entertainment industries, Sport & Entertainment Review will be well-positioned to be a leading journal with practitioners and scholars in both the sport and entertainment disciplines.”

The journal will be published in digital format only. Institutional and individual subscriptions are available. The first issue is scheduled for spring 2015 and the deadline for manuscript submissions for the inaugural issue is Sept. 1. For more information about the journal, visit

Fitness Information Technology is an international publisher in the sport sciences and operates under the division of the International Center for Performance Excellence in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University. FiT publishes academic and trade books, journals, and electronic products in sport and exercise psychology, physical education, coaching education, sport management, and sport and cultural studies and maintains a list of international experts in these disciplines. For more information, visit



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