PRAISE FOR THE ELUSIVE FAN
”Forget cars, computers, and cola. The most competitive arena in marketing is sports. Rein, Kotler, and Shields do a brilliant job in analyzing the issues involved in attracting elusive fans who have many more choices today than they have ever had.”-Al Ries, author, The Origin of Brands
“The Elusive Fan is the most thorough and comprehensive overview of the sports marketing industry I have seen. The insights and recommendations are a must read for anyone involved or interested in the field.”-Brian Billick, Head Coach, Baltimore Ravens
“The authors apply insightful consumer analysis and branding concepts to the practical problems of bringing people to games, attracting eyeballs to sports TV, and opening consumer wallets for merchandise.”-Professor Stephen A. Greyser, Richard P. Chapman Professor, Marketing/Communications, Harvard Business School
“The Elusive Fan is a must read for anyone interested in sports marketing strategies-and the 21st century world of sports in general.”-Bob Dekas, Coordinating Producer-College Basketball, CBS Sports
“Authors Rein, Kotler, and Shields have hit a home run. The Elusive Fan offers a detailed playbook for sports decision makers looking to up their game.”-Jonathan Hoenig, Fox News personality and portfolio manager at Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC
“The Elusive Fan is an essential primer for the past, present, and, most importantly, future of sports.”-Jeff Davis, author of Papa Bear: The Life and Legacy of George Halas
Irving Rein, Ph.D. is a Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University's School of Communication. The author of 12 books, including High Visibility, a groundbreaking study of image making, Rein also serves on Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Initiative for the 21st Century and is a member of the Advisory Board for Northwestern University's Master of Arts in Sports Administration.
Philip Kotler, Ph.D. is the S. C. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management. He is the author of 35 books, including Marketing Management, the most widely used marketing book in graduate business schools worldwide. He has been a consultant to IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Bank of America, Merck, Motorola, Ford, and other global corporations and places.
Ben Shields has done consulting work for a number of organizations on communication issues. His expertise is in sports and technology, and he is currently a doctoral student in communication studies at Northwestern University.