The Impact of Social Networks on Sports



Social network analysis deals with the interactions between individuals by considering them as nodes of a network whereas their relations are mapped as network edges. The study of such structures lies on the intersection of different disciplines of research, including economics, sociology and graph theory. In the literature many kinds of networks have been studied, including friendship networks, scientific co-authorship networks, film collaboration networks, disease spreading networks, and urban growth networks. In this short introductory review, we focus on the social networks arising in sports. We discuss a structure of these networks as well as possible questions related to the dynamics of sports networks, which can be useful in management, economics and marketing of sports.


Social networks Sport NBA graph Soccer network 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringUniversidad of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Algorithms and TechnologiesNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsNizhny NovgorodRussia

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