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Resources and information on professional, collegiate, and amateur sports with an emphasis on sport in the U.S.

Sports = Big Business = Big Money. CNBC reports that Americans spent $56 billion dollars to attend sporting events in 2017, including the cost of tickets, transportation, lodging and food and drink. The North American sports market is estimated to be worth more than $67.29 billion U.S. dollars with an expected rise to $78.53 billion by 2021. Youth sports is a $15 billion industry in the U.S., and many families spend upwards of $12,000 per year in youth athletic participation. Add to this the Fantasy Sports market comprised of 59.3 million people in the U.S. and Canada who each spend an average of $556 annually on league-related costs and materials and single player challenges.

About This Guide

This guide provides resources and links to learn about individual sports. While the primary focus is sports in the US, there are resources covering international sports. Materials include links to rules of the game; associations and organizations who oversee various sports; statistical information about players, teams and rankings; and resources available through the Full Sail Library to learn more.

What You Should Be Reading Now

Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal

Weekly journal. Comprehensive and in-depth coverage, original reporting, and analysis of sports. Announcements, news, interviews, conferences and events. Print version for in-library use only.

Sports Business Daily website gathers together the most important sports stories of the day.

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Finding Sport Resources in the Library

The following LOC call number sections in the Library encompass books on sports of all types. The library also has a large collection of resources for sports marketing, consumer behavior, sports law, sports TV production, sports writing and communication, sporting events and sports photography.

GV557-1198.995 Sports

GV711 Coaching

GV735 Umpires. Sports officiating

GV840.7-857 Winter sports: Ice hockey, skiing, bobsledding, snowmobiling, etc.

GV861-1017 Ball games: Baseball, football, golf, etc.

GV1020-1034 Automobile travel. Motoring. Automobile racing.

GV1100-1150.9 Fighting sports: Bullfighting, boxing, fencing, etc.

Search for Sports Resources

The Full Sail Library has a large collection of fiction and non-fiction as well as reference books and other secondary sources related to sports. The following search box is useful for searching and browsing the local collection as well as searching the digital resources available through Full Sail Library. Search by title, author, illustrator, or subject.

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Navigating the Full Sail Library resources can be difficult. If you need assistance to locate books, articles, and other resources, please make an appointment with a member of the Library team for individual help. We are also available to assist you with developing search strategies and plans for your research assisgnments.