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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 740; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030740

The Relationships among Leisure Involvement, Organizational Commitment and Well-Being: Viewpoints from Sport Fans in Asia

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School of Tourism & Hospitality Management and Institute for Development of Cross-strait Small and Medium Enterprises, Hubei University of Economics, Wuhan 430205, China
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Graduate Program of Sustainable Tourism and Recreation Management, National Taichung University of Education, Taichung 40306, Taiwan
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National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Hualien Sun Dance High School, Hualien 97367, Taiwan
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Department of Tourism and Leisure Management, Ling Tung University, Taichung 40852, Taiwan
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Received: 18 February 2018 / Revised: 27 February 2018 / Accepted: 28 February 2018 / Published: 8 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Leisure, Tourism, Sport and Community Development)
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Abstract

Baseball spectating is one of the most popular leisure activities in Asia. Leisure participants with high well-being levels usually demonstrate loyal behavior to the teams they follow. Previous research indicates that professional sport fans are serious leisure participants and their participation has career qualities. The goal of this research was to investigate the relationship of leisure involvement with the well-being of professional sport fans and the possible mediating effect of organizational commitment, a career-related characteristic, on well-being. Some 406 fans of the Brother Elephants Baseball Team in Taiwan were surveyed. The results showed that leisure involvement positively and significantly influenced fans’ well-being and organizational commitment partially mediated the influence of leisure involvement on well-being. This study pioneers the integration of leisure involvement, well-being and organizational commitment in the context of a Professional Baseball League team within Asia. Implications and future research directions are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: leisure involvement; organizational commitment; serious leisure; professional sport fans; well-being leisure involvement; organizational commitment; serious leisure; professional sport fans; well-being
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Pan, S.-L.; Wu, H.C.; Morrison, A.M.; Huang, M.-T.; Huang, W.-S. The Relationships among Leisure Involvement, Organizational Commitment and Well-Being: Viewpoints from Sport Fans in Asia. Sustainability 2018, 10, 740.

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