Academic journal article International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship

Editorial

Academic journal article International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship

Editorial

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Everything before us

Now, after three years as editor of the Journal, it is time to hand over the baton, to the very good hands of Dr Simon Chadwick. Looking back, the ups and downs of the early months of my editorship are best expressed through the words of Charles Dickens: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ..."

It was the best of times to accept responsibility from the founding editor, Dr John Amis, who had charted such a fine course for the Journal that the task of taking over and building on its strengths looked relatively easy.

It was the worst of times to find out just a few months later, despite the stream of good quality submissions, that the previous publisher had 'dropped the ball' and decided to discontinue the Journal without notice.

It was the best of times when out of the blue Mr Simon Rines contacted me to tell me he was the new publisher and would like me to continue as editor. At first, I was hesitant to accept the offer, but I received encouraging words from many of you who felt that it was important to keep the Journal going.

It was the worst of times to then witness the fall in submissions over the following months, and I felt strongly that for the long-term reputation of the Journal, it was preferable to stretch a deadline and make sure that only the best quality papers would be published.

It was the best of times to be able to complete the first issue under the new publisher. Many of you contacted me to express your satisfaction that the Journal was back on track and promised to help in its continued revival.

It was the best of times to then experience that support. …

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