Topic: Globalization in baseball – Asia and Latin America


Topic: Globalization in baseball – Asia and Latin America The Capstone Paper: The student will write a graduate-level research and analysis document not to exceed 30 pages (EXCLUDING title page, table of contents, references, appendices). The student is expected to evaluate, critique, test, and build upon a current topic of his/her choosing in the sports industry that identifies a significant need, problem and/or opportunity and a solution, recommendation or other conclusion. The paper will count for 40% of the final grade. The paper should be written so that it could be presented at a professional conference or submitted to a journal after suggested revisions. The student may be encouraged to revise and submit his/her final paper for publication. A minimum of 15 suitableacceptable references must be used in the paper, which should includer. The student will have the purview to decide the combination of interviews (at least three); and published works from electronic or printed peer-reviewed/scholarly sources (at least three); and, including sports industry-related reporting or opinion pieces (think critically about the difference and account for that in their use), peer-reviewed (at least 3), refereed, and/or scholarly pieces (at least 310) to be included in the paper. Suggested Table of Contents and Format for Capstone Paper Executive Summary * Introduction * Background and Literature Review * Thesis Statement * and Research Questions Methodology (optional) Body of Paper * Demonstration of mastery and understanding of the topic Discussion, analysis and presentation of information including use of at least one analytical tool — SWOT Analysis / Environmental, Company and Competition Analysis / Scan Market / Demand / Product/Service Analysis / External Sector Factors / Trends / Economic & Social Conditions Marketing / Communications / New Media (optional / if applicable) Financial Considerations * Examining and discussing financial impact and/or primary financial component(s) of project – examples may include Budget Analysis or Revenue Projections Project Management Components / Timelines (optional / if applicable) Measurement / Return on Investment/ Return on Objective * Conclusion * References * Appendices* * indicates required section Other sections to consider: Special Events, Grants/Fundraising, Success Factors/Solutions