“Yusajel Hadaf!”

This phrase can be heard among Arabic speaking people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when their football (soccer) team scores a goal.

However, the 2012 founding of the Emirates American Football League (EAFL) in the UAE, along with changes in athletic interests that include the National Football League (NFL) and American football, could change this.

Recognizing the global role and relevance of American football, I wrote a chapter about the EAFL and profiling its social media strategy in the soon-to-be-published book The Routledge Handbook of International Sport Business. Titled “Arabian Gulf Game Plan: The social media marketing strategy of the Emirates American Football League,” the chapter:

  • Explores the origins of the EAFL.
  • Looks ahead to the future of the league and American football in UAE.
  • Shares the league’s social media strategy as a means of marketing while creating a community of fans, players and their families.

The Routledge Handbook of International Sport Business is an essential resource for any course on sport business, sport management or international business. The book, which will be published in September 2017, offers the broadest and most in-depth guide to the key themes in international sport business today, covering every core area from strategy and marketing to finance, media, and the law.

Including authors from more than twenty countries spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, this handbook addresses the most important issues in the world of sport business from a uniquely global perspective. Each chapter examines a particular cross-section of business and sport, encompassing all levels from grassroots to professional and elite. Divided into seven major subject areas, it offers insights from experts on:

  • International Sport Business Strategy
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Economics and Finance
  • International Sport Law
  • Sport Media and Communication
  • Sport Tourism
  • Sport Development.

In recognition of The Routledge Handbook of International Sport Business, on May 1, 2017 I was invited to share my chapter with faculty, students, and staff at the American University in the Emirates (AUE). I joined with two AUE colleagues who also contributed a chapter to the book: Prof. Kamilla Swart and Dr. Kevin Heisey, who is also one of the book’s editors.

This was the third “Library Distinguished Guest Speaker Series” event hosted by the Library and Information Resource Center (LIRC) and the Office of Research and Advancement (ORA) at AUE. As was the case when I previously presented my book, “edX E-Learning Course Development” on January 30, the event took place in the AUE Library.

You can watch a recording of my Facebook Live broadcast from the presentation below (it was originally posted on my Facebook page):