By Hunter Fujak

Code Wars - The Battle for Fans, Dollars and Survival

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While many books have looked at one or other of the four professional football codes within Australia, none has so far considered all four of them together and in the context of one of the most competitive sports environments in the world. Code Wars does just that.

It looks at Australia's relationship with 'football' in all its guises - Australian Rules, rugby league, rugby and association football or soccer - and explores the cut-throat cultural and commercial competition between the codes. It looks at the key historical moments that have shaped the four codes, explores the modern sport landscape, and considers what the future may hold at a time of great uncertainty shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Code Wars is for those whose interest in football extends beyond the scoreboard to that which occurs off the field.

It does not attempt to say which code is 'best', but presents the issues with a detachment underpinned by data from the author's PhD dissertation, augmented by other research, as well as interviews with experts associated with all codes.  

Code Wars - The Battle for Fans, Dollars and Survival is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the sports landscape in Australia, and the past, present and potential of each of the four football codes. 

More Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: March 2021
  • ISBN:  978-1-925914-15-3, 978-1-925914-16-0 (ePub)
  • Weight: 0.5kg
  • Size: 234mm x 156mm
  • Pages: 209 including index
  • Imprint: Fair Play Publishing

About the Author

Hunter Fujak is a Lecturer in Sports Management at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.  

 His PhD explored sports consumer behaviour, specifically in understanding consumption patterns within Australia’s crowded sports marketplace. He has previously worked in sports consultancy as an audience and sponsorship analyst for Australasia’s largest sporting leagues and events, including the Australian Open Tennis, Rugby World Cup and National Rugby League.

 He has also previously been engaged in market research consultancy for some of Australia’s leading brands, including Telstra, Sportsbet, Foxtel, and Woolworths.

 Hunter has published extensively across sports broadcasting, consumer behaviour and sports culture, and is a regular media contributor to topics pertaining to the business of Australian football.

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