2023 SPO PRO

23rd Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects
Program (Athens Local Time)

8-11 May 2023
9 Chalkokondili Street, 10677 Athens, Greece

Note 1: the program is organized along time slots and not according to common theme
Note 2: at the end of each session questions and discussions will follow
Note 3:
Please note that many attendees including those who present a paper may choose the online option. However, ATINER will provide full-fledged services such as lunches, dinners, educational excursions, etc,. for all those who present onsite.

Monday 8 May 2023


Opening and Welcoming Remarks:

  • Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER.

10:00-10:45 Session 1
Moderator: Olga Gkounta
, Researcher, ATINER.
  1. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER.
    Title: The Global Media Coverage of the 2022 Qatar World Football Cup.
  2. Paul-Claudiu Cotirlet, Associate Professor, “Vasile Alecsandri” University-Bacău, Romania.
    Bogdan Gozu, Professor, Bucharest University, Romania.
    Title: The Effects of using Sports Diplomacy in the Balkans.



10:45-11:30 Session 2
Moderator:Olga Gkounta
, Researcher, ATINER.
  1. Wei Lun Jhang, PhD Student, National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan.
    Title: Kefir Supplement Improve Exercise Performance: Basic Research and Human Trial.
  2. Ming Fang Wu, PhD Student, National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan.
    Title: Effects of Long-Term Feeding Of Fenugreek and Red Yeast Rice Compound on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Mice Fed a Low-Exercise and High-Fat Diet.



11:30-12:15 Session 3
Moderator: Olga Gkounta
, Researcher, ATINER.
  1. Theodore Kokkoris, EU Senior Expert and Business Development Advisor, Greece.
    Title: Entrepreneurship and Sports.
  2. George Zouridakis, Research Fellow, ATINER, Greece.
    Title: Short-Term Rentals: How do Greek Courts Treat the Increasingly Popular Among Sports Fans Type of Accommodation?



12:15-13:00 Session 4
Moderator: Olga Gkounta
, Researcher, ATINER.
  1. Christos Anagnostopoulos, Assistant Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar.
    Title: The Work of Codifying Governance for National Sport Federations.
  2. Theodore Trafalis, Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Director, Optimization & Intelligent Systems Laboratory, The University of Oklahoma, USA.
    Title: Evaluating Soccer Players’ Performance using Data Envelopment Analysis-Machine Learning (DEA-ML) Approach.



13:00-13:45 Session 5
Moderator: Olga Gkounta, Researcher, ATINER.
  1. Ezzeldin Aly, Associate Professor, Florida A & M University, USA.
    Title: The Opportunity for College Student-Athletes to Profit – Analysis Study.



14:00-15:00 Session 6
A Round-Table Discussion on Challenges for Mass Media and Communication: How to Cover Wars, Pandemics and Sports
Moderator: Gregory T. Papanikos
, President, ATINER.

  1. John Pavlik, Professor, Rutgers University USA.
    Title: How Technology Shapes Media Coverage of World Events.
  2. Ada Silveira, Professor, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil.
    Title: Media and Brazil.
  3. Theodore Trafalis, Professor, Τhe University of Oklahoma, USA.
    Title: Artificial Intelligence.
  4. Anya Luscombe, Associate Professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
    Title: Whose Side are you on?: The Lack of Impartiality in War Reporting.
  5. Lorenzo Dalvit, Associate Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa.
    Title: Digital Inequalities and Mass Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic in South Africa.

15:00-16:00 Discussion + Lunch

16:00-17:30 Session 7
Moderator: Olga Gkounta
, Researcher, ATINER.
  1. Sam Coley, Course Leader, Birmingham City University, UK.
    Title: Samugam: The Sustained Relevance of Community Radio in India.
  2. Sevda Alankus, Professor, Yaşar University, Turkiye.
    Title: Does the Peace Journalism Matter for the Women Journalists of Greece and Turkey.
  3. Geraldina Roberti, Associate Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy .
    Ariela Mortara, Assistant Professor, University of Milan, Italy.
    Title: The Role of Influencers among Culture, Marketing and Education.
  4. Amy Eperthener, Associate Faculty, PennWest Edinboro University, USA.
    Audra Neumann, Assistant Faculty, PennWest Edinboro University, USA.
    Title: Innovative Strategies for Improving Social-Emotional Needs in Collegiate Student Athletes.



17:30-18:30 Session 8
Moderator: Olga Gkounta
, Researcher, ATINER.
  1. Adam Miller, Professor, University of Guelph-Humber, Canada.
    Title: Journalistic Junk Food: TikTok the Case of the Alien Doorway.
  2. Danilo Yanich, Professor, University of Delaware, USA.
    Title: War in Ukraine: What is the Story.


Athenian Early Evening Symposium (includes in order of appearance: continuous academic discussions, dinner, wine/water, music and dance)

Tuesday 9 May 2023


09:00-12:00 Session 9
Old and New-An Educational Urban Walk

The urban walk ticket is not included as part of your registration fee. It includes transportation costs and the cost to enter the Parthenon and the other monuments on the Acropolis Hill. The urban walk tour includes the broader area of Athens. Among other sites, it includes: Zappion, Syntagma Square, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Roman Agora and on Acropolis Hill: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon. The program of the tour may be adjusted, if there is a need beyond our control. This is a private event organized by ATINER exclusively for the conference participants.



12:30-14:30 Session 10
A Round-Table Discussion on The Turkish Elections of 2023: National and International Facets
Moderator: John Pavlik
, Professor, Rutgers University USA.

  1. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER.
    Title: Explaining the Electoral Success of the Turkish President: Is it the Economy Again?
  2. Orna Almog, Deputy Head, Politics & International Affairs Unit, ATINER & Senior Lecturer (Retired), Kingston University, UK.
    Title: The Future of Israeli-Turkish Relations after the 2023 Elections.
  3. Utku Özer, Research Fellow, ATINER.
    Title: Domestic Media Coverage of the Turkish Elections.

14:30-15:30 Discussion + Lunch

15:30-17:00 Session 8
Moderator: Utku Özer
, Research Fellow, ATINER.
  1. Richard Christy, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
    Title:Subjective and Objective Knowledge and Mass Communication : The Unraveling of Civility?
  2. Tatiana Levit, Assistant Professor, University of Regina, Canada.
    Magdalena Cismaru, Professor, University of Regina, Canada.
    Title: Integration of 12 Steps and Transtheoretical Model of Change in Online Communications.
  3. Ada Silveira, Senior Visiting Researcher, Södertörn University, Sweden & Professor, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil.
    Title: Mediatization and News Coverage in the Multipolar World: The Media as a Securitizer Agent.
  4. Marcio Marcellino, PhD Student, Södertörn University, Sweden.
    Title: Mediatized Journalism and Symbiotic Relationships in the Newsroom – Interviews with Journalists from Brazil and Sweden.



17:00-19:00 Session 12
Moderator: Richard Christy
, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
  1. Scott Shamp, Associate Dean & Professor, Florida State University, USA.
    Karla Berry, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA.
    Bijay Raj Paudel, Researcher, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA.
    Title: NFC Solutions for Small/Medium Museums.
  2. Yasar Sekerci, Research Assistant, Galatasaray University, Turkiye.
    Title: What’s New Against Goblin Mode?: Employer Brand Practices in Turkey during the Post-Pandemic Period.
  3. Olga Murova, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University, USA.
    Tullaya Boonsaeng, Researcher, Texas Tech University, USA.
    Natalia Velikova, Professor, Texas Tech University, USA.
    Title: A Comparative Analysis of Changes in Consumers’, Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Texas Wine.
  4. Sian Rees, Professor, Pennaeth yr Ysgol Diwylliant a Chyfathrebu/Head of School of Culture and Communication, UK.
    Anastasios Theofilou, Senior Lecturer, University of Bournemouth, UK.
    Carmel O’Toole, Course Leader/Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
    Daniella Lebor, Deputy Managing Director, APCO Worldwide, UK.
    Marc Witt, Senior Lecturer, University of Kentucky, USA.
    Kevin Trowbridge, Senior Lecturer, Belmont University, USA.
    Michael Wayne, Course Leader, Brunel University, UK.
    Michael Collins, Head of Communications, PRCA, UK.
    Title: Harnessing the Global Student Voice τo Address τhe PR Industry Talent αnd Recruitment Shortage.
  5. Florence Dzame, Researcher, United States International University Africa, Kenya.
    Title: A Study of Gender-based Institutional Barriers to Progression into Leadership Roles for Women Journalists in Kenya.


Ancient Athenian Dinner (includes in order of appearance: continuous academic discussions, dinner with recipes from ancient Athens, wine/water)

Wednesday 10 May 2023
An Educational Visit to Selected Islands
Mycenae Visit

Thursday 11 May 2023
Visiting the Oracle of Delphi

Thursday 12 May 2023
Visiting the Ancient Corinth and Cape Sounio

Conference Venue: 9 Chalkokondili Street, 10677 Athens, Greece

+30 2103634210
+30 2103634209

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