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Competing constructions of British national identity: British newspaper comment on the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony

Article written by Ryan J. Thomas from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Mary Grace Antony from the Schreiner University, USA. “This study used newspaper comment on the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London as an avenue to discuss and contemplate British national identity. Through analysis of 91 editorials and opinion columns in […]

Comparing Flagship News Programs: Women’s Sport Coverage in ESPN’s SportsCenter and FOX Sports 1’s FOX Sports Live

Article written by Andrew Billings and Brittany D. Young from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA. “A total of 118 hr of sports news broadcast programming was subject to gender clock-time analysis, half from Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN’s) SportsCenter and half from 2013 startup network Fox Sports 1’s Fox Sports Live. Results […]

(Im-)Mobile policies: Why sustainability went wrong in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi

Article written by Martin Müller from the Universität Zürich, Switzerland. “This paper proposes a tripartite framework of transportation, transformation and translation to conceptualise the circulation, mutation and impacts of mobile policies as translocal, socio-material networks. Drawing on material from semi-structured interviews, participant observation and documents it considers the value of this framework by examining the […]

The Art of Coming Out: Traditional and Social Media Frames Surrounding the NBA’s Jason Collins

Article written by Andrew C. Billings and Coral Rae from the University of Alabama, Leigh M. Moscowitz from the College of Charleston and Natalie Brown-Devlin from the Conversant Media, Chicago, USA. “On April 29, 2013, Jason Collins became the first male to come out as gay as an active member in a professional team sport. […]

Gatekeeping the 2012 Olympic Games: Did #NBCfail the Social Media Audience?

Article written by Rebecca Coates Nee from the San Diego State University, California, USA. “Due to rising consumer interactions with televised events through social media, NBC proclaimed that the 2012 Olympics would be the “social Games.” The economically motivated gatekeeping decisions made by the network, however, generated a social media backlash as viewers demanded to […]

A framework for identifying the legacies of a mega sport event

Article written by Holger Preuss from the Institute for Sport Science, Mainz, Germany and the Molde University College, Norway. “A mega sport event involves huge investments in city infrastructure. After the event, the structures that remain may be an asset to the stakeholders, or they may be a burden. Faced with high costs, the taxpayer […]

The adoption and diffusion of pro-environmental stadium design

Article written by Timothy B. Kellisona from the University of Florida, USA, and Sungil Hongb from the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China. “Research question: Owners and architects face mounting pressure to incorporate environmentally sustainable features in new arenas, ballparks, and stadiums. In this study, we apply Rogers’ diffusion-of-innovations framework to highlight the key […]

Rhetoric and realities of London 2012 Olympic education and participation ‘legacies’: voices from the core and periphery

Article written by Geoffery Z. Kohea and Will Bowen-Jonesa. “A legacy emphasis was one of the fundamental pillars of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The notion of an Olympic legacy was predicated on assumptions that the event’s value would not purely derive from the sporting spectacle, but rather from the ‘success’ of enduring effects met […]

Intellectual property enclosure and economic discourse in the 2012 London Olympic Games

Article written by Kris Erickson, from the University of Glasgow, and Lingling Wei from the Bournemouth University, UK. “Special legislation associated with mega sporting events has enabled new forms of cultural enclosure, effectively commoditising aspects of cultural expression that previously remained in the public domain. In this article, the authors examine the tension between economic […]

Gatekeeping the 2012 Olympic Games: Did #NBCfail the Social Media Audience?

Article written by Rebecca Coates Nee from the San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA. “Due to rising consumer interactions with televised events through social media, NBC proclaimed that the 2012 Olympics would be the “social Games.” The economically motivated gatekeeping decisions made by the network, however, generated a social media backlash as viewers […]

New Screen Action and Its Memories: The “Live” Performance of Mediated Sport Fandom

Article written by David Rowe from the University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. “The experience of watching sport on television is changing with the proliferation of screens, the diversification of screen-based content, and the extension of interactive screen-facilitated communication. In recent decades, sport broadcast television viewing opportunities shifted from a primary reliance on […]

Sports on Traditional and Newer Digital Media: Is There Really a Fight for Fans?

Article written by Walter Gantz and Nicky Lewis from the Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. “In this essay, we examine a series of platform, content, reception, and lifestyle factors likely to shape sports fans’ use of traditional and newer digital media. Because of signal fidelity, screen size, presence, and the rights to air top-tier sports events, […]

When the Medium Becomes “Well Done”: Sport, Television, and Technology in the Twenty-First Century

Article written by Yair Galily from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel. “One of the fundamental issues in the relation between television and sports has been the transference from watching a game or a sport in the field (the stadium) to the viewing experience through a proxy (the medium). The present article argues that sport […]

Women, Social Media, and Sport: Global Digital Communication Weaves a Web

Article written by Pam Creedon fom the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA. “Globally, the digital media has played a key role in generating attention, creating controversy and showcasing changes in media coverage of women’s sports. Social media have made sports coverage an interpersonal, intercultural and international public domain. For the news media, however, the […]

Plotting a Paralympic field: An elite disability sport competition viewed through Bourdieu’s sociological lens

Article written by David EJ Purdue and P David Howe from the Loughborough University, UK. “In this paper components of Bourdieu’s sociological theory will be utilized to systematically outline key constituents, and the interrelated power struggles, which shape Paralympic sport. The premier Paralympic sport competition is arguably the summer Paralympic Games, a quadrennial multi-sport competition […]

Driving to the “Net”: Blogs, Frames, and Politics in the New York Islanders’ Stadium Saga

Article written by Mark Norman, Matt Ventresca, Courtney Szto and Simon C. Darnell from the University of Toronto, the Queen’s University, the Simon Fraser University, Canada, and the Durham University, UK. “On October 24, 2012, the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League announced a plan to move from their current stadium in Nassau […]

A Fumbled Opportunity? A Case Study of Twitter’s Role in Concussion Awareness Opportunities During the Super Bowl

Article written by Kevin Hull and Annelie Schmittel from the University of Florida, USA. “Doctors, journalists, and other advocates are attempting to draw attention to the dangers of head trauma in football, and the popularity of social media has given them a new outlet to perform advocacy. This case study explores how advocates for concussion […]

Fantasy Sports: Socialization and Gender Relations

Article written by Luke Howie and Perri Campbell from the Monash University and the Deakin University, Australia. “Fantasy sports are played by millions of people throughout the world. By 2017, it is predicted to be an industry with a turnover measured in billions of dollars. Recent scholarly attention has focused on the motivations for participating […]

Playing in the New Media Game or Riding the Virtual Bench: Confirming and Disconfirming Membership in the Community of Sport

Article written by Jeffrey W. Kassing and Jimmy Sanderson from the Arizona State University and the Clemson University, USA. “This essay explores a set of new media user trends that are (re)shaping fan–athlete interaction through (para)social connections. Acting as bonding agents, the trends considered either contribute to or detract from membership in the community of […]

Exploring Destination Image Decay: A Study of Sport Tourists’ Destination Image Change after Event Participation

Article written by Ceridwyn King, Nan Chen and Daniel C. Funk from the Temple University, USA, and the Griffith University, Australia. “Limited research has examined the decay of destination image (DI) using longitudinal repeated measures. This study used a tripartite attitude perspective to examine the structural stability of DI among sport tourists after returning home. […]

#Fight4UNCWSwimandDive: A Case Study of How College Athletes Used Twitter to Help Save Their Teams

Article written by Kevin Hull from the College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, USA. “This study explored how student-athletes at UNC-Wilmington (UNCW) used Twitter to help save their swimming and diving teams from being eliminated. Both a series of interviews and a content analysis of 1,775 tweets by 25 athletes were conducted. The […]

Game Changer: A Case Study of Social-Media Strategy in Big Ten Athletic Departments

Article written by Makayla Hipke and Frauke Hachtmann from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln. “This study used a case-study approach to develop an understanding of how socialmedia strategy is developed and deployed in Big Ten Conference athletic departments and to explore the issues associated with it. Based on in-depth […]

The Liancourt Rocks: Media Dynamics and National Identities at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Article written by Grace Yan and Nicholas M. Watanabe from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, University of Missouri, Columbia. “After the South Korean men’s soccer team beat its Japanese counterpart in the bronze-medal match at the 2012 London Olympics, South Korean player Park Jung-Woo celebrated with a banner that displayed Dokdo is our […]

‘French football needs more women like Adriana’? Examining the media coverage of France’s women’s national football team for the 2011 World Cup and the 2012 Olympic Games

Article written by Barbara Ravel and Marc Gareau from Laurentian University, Canada. “As reflected by the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, global women’s participation in sports seems to currently be at its highest levels ever. However, equality between men and women has not yet been reached when one examines how men and women involved in […]

Honey or Vinegar? Athletes With Disabilities Discuss Strategies for Advocacy Within the Paralympic Movement

Article written byAndrea Bundon and Laura Hurd Clarke from Loughborough University, UK, and The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. “Drawing on interviews with 25 athletes with disabilities and para-sport participants (coaches, volunteers, and supporters), and on posts and comments made on a multi-authored blog discussing Paralympic sport, this article addresses how individuals advocate on […]

Using a Trade Market Analysis Technique to Refine Measurements for Economic Impact Analysis of Special Events

Article written by Rodney B. Warnick, David C. Bojanic and Feng Xu from University of Massachusetts at Amherst and University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. “Special events can have a sizable economic significance (ES) and economic impact (EI) in host communities. This study’s purpose was to update the input measurement concepts in assessing the […]

Perceived Destination Image: An Image Model for a Winter Sports Destination and Its Effect on Intention to Revisit

Article written by Kirstin Hallmann, Anita Zehrer and Sabine Müller from German Sport University Cologne, Germany, MCI Management Center Innsbruck and Innsbruck University, Austria. “The purpose of this study is to develop a destination image model that shows how the overall destination image of a winter sports destination is defined and how it affects the […]

The International Olympic Committee–International Paralympic Committee Relationship: Past, Present, and Future

Article written by David Legg, Ted Fay, Eli Wolff and Mary Hums from Mount Royal University, Canada, State University of New York at Cortland, Brown University and University of Louisville, USA. “The inclusion of athletes with a disability into the Olympic Games has been a long-standing issue within the Paralympic Movement. This article reviews the […]

‘Stuck in structure’: How young leaders experienced the institutional frames at the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, 2012

Article written by Annika Bodemar and Eivind Skille from Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and Hedmark University College, Norway. “The aim of this paper is to explore how young leaders within the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee experienced the degree of freedom within the institutionalized structure of the International Olympic Committee. Employing a theoretical […]

Sports public relations

Book review written by Dimitrios Kolyperas from Division of Marketing and Retail, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling. Book reference: <b>Sports public relations</b>, by Jacquie L’Etang, London, Sage, 2013, 2116 pp. ISBN: 9781512936194 (paperback). ISBN: 9781412936187 (hardback). The book review was published at the European Sport Management Quarterly, Volume 14, Number 5 (October 2014), pp. […]

Legacy of the Beijing Olympic Games: a non-host city perspective

Article written by Dongfeng Liu, David Broom and Robert Wilson from School of Economics and Management, Shanghai University of Sport, and Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University. “Research question:This paper examines the legacy of the Beijing Olympics perceived by non-host city residents almost five years after the Games and how that perception […]

The social and commercial impact of sport, the role of sport management

Article written by Trevor Slack from the Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies, University of Alberta. “In this paper I argue that those interested in the management of sport should discuss their research with leaders in management and sport management. They should also talk to practitioners to see what problems they are confronting.Using the […]

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