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On May 20th, the The dissertation has examined to what extent six prestigious newspapers -The Guardian/The Observer and The Daily Telegraph/The Sunday Telegraph (United Kingdom); The New York Times and The Washington Post (United States of America); and

The MOOC the Olympic Games and the media achieve more than 10,000 students
The course represents the first MOOC on The Olympics to be delivered by a public university in Spain in the English, with its second edition offering subtitles in both Spanish and English.

The Olympic Games and the Media Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), organized by The Olympic Studies Center at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (CEO-UAB) and delivered via the Coursera platform —the most important platform of open online courses

International Symposium Social Media management in the global sport
Academics from the University of Southern California, the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) gathered to analyze the phenomenon of social networks in the world of sports.

Academics from the University of Southern California, the Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), along with representatives of sports organizations such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and ACB.com, recently gathered to analyze the

Media Culture & Society

Article written by Paul Smith (De Montfort University, UK), Tom Evens (Ghent University, Belgium) and Petros Iosifidis (City University London, UK). "Based on seven different sports broadcasting markets (Australia, Brazil, Italy, India, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United

Journal Sport Social Issues

Article written by Anika Oettler from Philipps University, Marburg, Germany. "Global mega-events are widely perceived as a tool used by host countries’ elites to propagate national narratives. But how are the messages actually decoded by international publics? The article

The MOOC the Olympic Games and the media achieve more than 10,000 students
The course represents the first MOOC on The Olympics to be delivered by a public university in Spain in the English, with its second edition offering subtitles in both Spanish and English.

CEO-UAB has launched the second edition of the Massive Open Online Course The great novelty of this second edition is that it will be offered with Spanish subtitles as well as the English ones of the first edition, which

Media Culture & Society

Article written by Ryan J Thomas from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, 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

Media Culture & Society

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

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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

Mosaico Olímpico

Fernández Peña, Emilio; Berta Cerezuela; Miquel Gómez Benosa; Chris Kennett; Miquel de Moragas Spà (2011): Mosaico olímpico: Investigación multidisciplinar y difusión de los estudios olímpicos. CEO-UAB: 20 años. Barcelona : Centre d’Estudis Olímpics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Ajuntament

Mosaic Olimpic

Fernández Peña, Emilio; Berta Cerezuela; Miquel Gómez Benosa; Chris Kennett; Miquel de Moragas Spà (2011): Mosaic olímpic: Recerca multidisciplinar i difusió dels estudis olímpics. CEO-UAB: 20 anys. Barcelona : Centre d’Estudis Olímpics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Ajuntament de

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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

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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

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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

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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

Television in the Olympic Games: the new era

Television in the Olympic Games: the new era: International Symposium, Lausanne, 19th-20th October 1998. Lausanne: International Olympic Committee, 1999. ISBN: 92-9149-045-8


 
The book is a compilation of papers presented at

Television in the Olympics

Miquel de Moragas Spà; Nancy K. Rivenburgh; James F. Larson (1995): Television in the Olympics. London: John Libbey. ISBN: 0-86196-538-8


    For decades, scholars have studied the Olympic Games - the history, the

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CEO-UAB has held the first research seminar on Olympism and sport, the event took place on Friday 12 December 2014. The purpose of the seminar is to promote the exchange of knowledge about methodologies, resources, approaches, etc. of

Jocs olímpics, comunicació i intercanvis culturals : l'experiència dels últims quatre jocs olímpics d'estiu : simposi internacional, Palau de Pedralbes, Barcelona, 3-5 d'abril de 1991

Jocs Olímpics, comunicació i intercanvis culturals : l'experiència dels últims quatre jocs olímpics d'estiu : simposi internacional, Palau de Pedralbes, Barcelona, 3-5 d'abril de 1991. Bellaterra: Centre d'Estudis Olímpics i de l'Esport, 1991.

international journal sport communication

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

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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

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Article written by Hibai Lopez-Gonzalez, Frederic Guerrero-Sole, Richard Haynes from Pompeu Fabra University, Spain, and University of Stirling, UK. "The aim of this article is to understand how the online sport journalism in Spain manufactures conflict narratives on Real

international journal sport communication

Article written by Grace Yan he analysis reveals a contrastive picture: The Korean media vocally approached Park’s behavior as an emotional response of self-righteous indignation and quickly enacted memories of Korea’s victimhood in World War II to make justifications, whereas

International Review for the Sociology of Sport

Article written by Liv Yoon and Brian Wilson, from The University of British Columbia, Canada. The article was published at the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, September 2,

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Article written by Andrew Billings, James R. Angelini, Paul J. MacArthur, Lauren R. Smith and John Vincent on national identity in the Olympic broadcasting of the London 2012 Olympic Games by NBC (United States of America). "Previous analyses have

The Olympic Games and the Media mooc

The first edition of the MOOC course A new edition of the Course The Olympic Games and the Media will be organised on Coursera along 2015 with subtitles in Spanish to open the course to the more than

OML Exhibition on Media

CEO-UAB Director, Dr. Emilio Fernández Peña was in charge of the conceptualisation, script and texts on the audiovisual production of the Olympic Games and the script and texts on the history of the media for the permanent exhibition

Media Culture & Society

Journal article written by Amy Godoy-Pressland from University of East Anglia on gender coverage of sport in printed newspapers in Great Britain. In the light of recent studies suggesting that gender equality in covering athletes, the article   The article is based on

Master of Arts in Olympic Studies

The UAB has welcomed the 15 students from 11 countries of the Master of Arts on Olympic Studies, who will attend this week the sessions for the teaching module on Olympic Games, media and commercialisation, coordinated by Dr.

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The team has contributed a chapter on social media and the Olympics in the collective work Routledge Handbook of Sport and New Media, edited by invited professor of the International Chair in Olympism, Andrew C. Billings. The book is the

2013 CUICIID

Dr.Emilio Fernández Peña and Dr. Natividad Ramajo, members of the research team CEO-UAB, participated in the international virtual conference focused on educational innovation applied to the EES and the dissemination of research. Their contribution was an analysis of the

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Perhaps the most feminized sport in all modern athletics, figure skating receives primacy within any American Winter Olympic telecast?with all of the gendered language that comes with that featured status. This study revealed 13 significantly different dialogue trends between male figure skaters and the aggregate of other male Winter Olympians. Such a high number of differences highlight the convoluted role of perceived masculinity in sport, with male figure skaters as mediated outliers within the overall composite of Olympic dialogue.

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While mega sport event planners seek to foster a positive destination image (Roche, 2008), the media is often more interested in negative stories about the host destination (Beirman, 2003), which can affect destination risk perceptions (S”nmez and Graefe, 1998a, 1998b). There is, however, a lack of empirical research in this area. Thus, this study examined whether information received through the media, travel advisories, and social media affected perceptions of increased crime in a host destination during a mega sport event, using the case of London 2012. The role of information in reshaping destination risk perceptions in the context of mega sport events was partially supported. Particularly, Australian leisure travelers who were exposed to written media about London and Canadian travelers who were exposed to travel advisories surrounding the United Kingdom had higher perceptions of the likelihood that London would experience increased crime at the time of the Olympics.

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This article highlights sport broadcasting as an emergent battlefield of ?globalization from above and below? based on analysis of the strained relationship between Al-Jazeera Sport (AJS) and sports fans in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) over subscription fees to the 2010 and 2014 World Cup games. The article illustrates how sports globalization weakened national broadcasters? bidding power and allowed corporations to turn the World Cup from a free to high-fee event, leaving angry citizens from the MENA region to fend for themselves. A survey of online media illustrates how these angry citizens shared tactics to resist these fees.

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The death of television has been long predicated in the digital age, yet it remains a powerful mediator of live sports. This article focuses on football and examines the implications for the sport of the move to an age of screens and content. These may be large screens in public places or in our homes or those at work or smaller screens carried in the palm of our hands, but what we use them for, how content gets onto those screens, and the implications for sports and sports fans remain compelling questions in the digital age. The article argues that through reflecting on major media sport events such as the FIFA World Cup, we see patterns of continuity in the role played by television as well as evidence of change.

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Professional sports teams are increasingly using social networks to better connect their sports and businesses to fans and the general public with the aim of providing team-related information, fostering fandom, and building team reputation. However, few, if any, studies have been done that analyze and evaluate the efficacy of this important portion of the professional sports business model from an information-management perspective. This study employs the Facebook Assessment Index (FAI) to effectively compare, assess, and rank the Facebook sites of top European and North American professional teams. The study also shows how information artifacts in sports can be systematically analyzed, evaluated, and compared. In more general terms, the findings and analysis demonstrate how the information perspective can serve as a novel theoretical lens and important dimension in sport management. The results of the study show large differences between teams in the 3 FAI dimensions and a great improvement opportunity in the use of Facebook as a marketing tool. These results not only serve to create a ranking of sport teams but also can be used by sport managers for social-media-benchmarking analysis.

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The rising popularity of Twitter and the concurrent decline in audience size for local television sportscasts has fueled concern that the new medium is displacing traditional broadcasters. A model is offered that identifies the salient latent constructs that make Twitter a more attractive medium for connected fans in ways that transcend Twitter?s obvious advantage in timeliness. Issues relating to Twitter?s brevity, the public?private blending of athletes, parasocial interaction between users and who they follow, community building, homophily, and self-presentation are all addressed. The model offers propositions that can be tested by future research and provides guidance to broadcasters willing to adapt to what Twitter offers. Understanding why Twitter engages sports fans in a manner unlike that of previous technologies offers application for sports broadcasters trying to maintain audience share, as well as guidance for researchers seeking to explain the allure of the 140-character medium.

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All sixty-nine hours of National Broadcasting Company?s (NBC) 2012 primetime Summer Olympic telecast were analyzed, revealing significant gender trends. For the first time in any scholarly study of NBC?s coverage of the games, women athletes received the majority of the clock-time and on-air mentions. However, dialogues surrounding the attributions of success and failure of athletes, as well as depictions of physicality and personality, contained some divergences by gender.

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This study represents an analysis of eight games from National Broadcasting Company?s broadcast of the 2010 Olympic ice hockey coverage. Since ice hockey is a sport considered to be ?masculine,? the study is ground in hegemonic masculinity. The visual production techniques were analyzed using Zettl?s applied media aesthetics approach to analyze camera shots, angles, motion, and replays. Results show the women?s games to be more visually exciting through the use of camera shots, angles, and slow-motion replay effects. These findings, a departure from previous research, still reinforce notions of hegemonic masculinity, portraying women?s ice hockey as the ?inferior? event.

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This study analyzes how interactivity on Facebook relates to users? browsing behaviors such as clicking a link, visiting a Web site, clicking articles on a Web site, and spending time on a sports news Web site. Regression analyses of 502 Facebook posts and the corresponding news articles show that the number of individuals who clicked on a link is not related to higher levels of interactivity, but an increase in interactivity did affect the number of overall visits generated. In addition, higher levels of interactivity had a slight negative correlation with the number of pages visited and the time spent on an organization?s Web site. Implications for the training and work routines of sport communication professionals in organizations, journalism, and public relations are discussed.

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The World Rally Championship (WRC) is an international event, staged in 12 different countries and attracting up to 225,000 spectators in some of its European stages. However, while WRC events provide opportunities for destinations around the world, there is a lack of empirical research on the impacts of these events on host communities, or their contribution to tourism. The purpose of this article is to provide a case study of the WRC stages held in Australia in 2009 and 2011. The study examines the event in terms of its perceived tourism value, its promotional value and the resultant opportunities for local business within the context of regional tourism in Australia. Issues for measuring the media value of events are discussed in relation to the two WRC events, along with implications for maximising local business and media opportunities. The analysis in this study has shown that the WRC does have the capacity to attract visitors, provide opportunities for local business and generate international media attention, but there are limits and restrictions to the efficacy of these outcomes.

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This book examines the political debates over the access to live telecasts of sport in the digital broadcasting era. It outlines the broad theoretical debates, political positions and policy calculations over the provision of live, free-to-air telecasts of sport as a right of cultural citizenship. In so doing, the book provides a number of comparative case studies that explore these debates and issues in various global spaces.

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In December 2010, Dakar hosted the TroisiŠme Festival Mondial des Arts NŠgres (FESMAN), which took for its main theme the notion of an ?African Renaissance?. FESMAN sought to revive a highly utopian pan-Africanism that had been prevalent in the era of decolonisation from the 1950s to the 1970s, but it departed in significant ways from many of the ideas and values that had marked previous pan-African cultural festivals: FESMAN celebrated popular culture and extended its definition to include sport in various manifestations. The aim of this article is to trace the connections that were drawn by festival organisers and the media between sport and the wider artistic, cultural and identitarian agendas at work in the festival. It will also ask what these tell us about the evolution in the understanding of culture and identity in the 44 years between the 1966 and the 2010 festivals.

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From its origins in the later nineteenth century, French rugby has been an important site for the construction of a variety of masculine, class-based, regional and national identities. The game?s rise coincided with that of the popular press, and also with the emergence of specialised sporting publications at both the local and national levels. With a significant head-start on association football, particularly in the south-west of the country, rugby became associated with the defence of regional pride and local interests. This was a process invested in both morally and materially by newspapers and radio. With the advent of television, rugby was variously appropriated by national broadcasters and Gaullist politicians, who exploited its regional credentials at a time of rapid societal change. Since the game?s professionalisation in 1995, and its resulting ?glocalisation?, media-aware rugby entrepreneurs have sought new sporting and commercial strategies, which have ranged from provincial nostalgia to pragmatic cosmopolitanism.

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This study represents a content analysis of 10 beach volleyball games for the men?s and women?s team USA during the 2008 Summer Games. Play-by-play commentary and between-play commentary were analyzed for all 10 games, and all court shots and camera angles were coded. Using earlier work examining the existence or presence of gender inequities in mediated coverage of sport in general, the goal was to identify how or if coverage of beach volleyball might still reinforce gender inequities. Findings from the coded visual and verbal coverage suggest that gender difference was not evident in the manifest content of the 2008 Olympic Games. Additional findings and implications are discussed.

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New media technologies have become a central part of the sports media landscape. Sports fans use new media to watch games, discuss sports transactions, form fan-based communities, and secure minutiae about their favorite players and teams. Never before have fans known so much about athletes, whether that happens via Twitter feeds, fan sites, or blogs, and never before have the lines between producer, consumer, enactor, fan and athlete been more blurred. The Internet has made virtually everything available for sports media consumption; it has also made understanding sports media substantially more complex.

The Routledge Handbook of Sport and New Media is the most comprehensive and in-depth study of the impact of new media in sport ever to be published. Adopting a broad, interdisciplinary approach, the book explores new media in sport as a cultural, social, commercial, economic, and technological phenomenon, examining the profound impact of digital technologies on that the way that sport is produced, consumed and understood. There is no aspect of social life or commercial activity in general that is not being radically influenced by the rise of new media forms, and by offering a “state of the field” survey of work in this area, the Routledge Handbook of Sport and New Media is important reading for any advanced student, researcher or practitioner with an interest in sports studies, media studies or communication studies.