Chile and the 2014 South American Games in Santiago provide an interesting platform for exploring the case of a sport mega-event (SME) in an emerging economy. The chapter provides an introduction to the South American Games, describes the organization of the project, and explains the methodological approach used in this case study. Although the vast majority of scholarly work on SMEs has focused on large and global scale events, this case focused on a small regional event that took place in a country with little history in organizing mega-events. This chapter introduces the importance of studying lower scale SMEs and highlights the need to explore the uniqueness of these types of events. These events are frequently hosted in countries outside of the global north that show dissimilar economic, cultural, and institutional realities.
KeywordsSouth American Games Emerging economy Sport mega-events
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