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Communication and Sport
Surveying the Field

Fourth Edition


February 2021 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Communication and Sport: Surveying the Field provides students with an understanding of sports media, rhetoric, culture, and organizations through an examination of a wide range of topics. Authors Andrew C. Billings and Michael L. Butterworth address everything from youth to amateur to professional sports through varied lenses, including mythology, community, and identity. A comprehensive focus on communication scholarship gives attention to the ways that sports produce, maintain, or resist cultural attitudes about race, gender, sexuality, class, and politics. The Fourth Edition includes new interviews with prominent figures in the field and new discussions on current events like the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. Introduction to Communication and Sport
Communication and Sport

 
Perspectives and Approaches

 
References

 
 
Chapter 2. Community in Sport
Player 1: The Participant

 
Player 2: Sports Organizations

 
Player 3: Sports Media Entities

 
Player 4: The Fan

 
Community of Sport in the 21st Century: Changing “Player” Roles

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 3. Sport Media: Navigating the Landscape
Sport and Traditional Media

 
Sport and New Media

 
Sport and Social Media

 
Sport and User-Generated Media

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 4. Sport Fan Cultures
Sport Fan Types

 
Sport Fan Motivations

 
Sport Fan Identification

 
Sport Fan Rituals

 
Fan Communities Online

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 5. Sport and Mythology
The Language of Myth

 
Sport Myth

 
Sport and Ritual

 
Sport Heroes

 
Sport as Religion

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 6. Gender in Sport
A History of Women’s Sports Participation

 
Hegemonic Masculinity in Sport

 
Gendered Coverage of Sport

 
Gendered Language in Sport

 
Categorical Differences in Gendered Media Dialogue

 
Opportunities for Men and Women in Sport

 
Globalization and Change Agency

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 7. Race and Ethnicity in Sport
History of Ethnicity in American Sport

 
Participation and Sport Selection

 
Media Exposure and Stacking

 
Media Dialogues

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 8. Politics and Nationalism in Sport
Sport as a Political Resource

 
Sport and the Language of Politics and War

 
Sport and National Identity

 
Sport and Globalization

 
Sport and Activism

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 9. Performing Identity in Sport
Performance of Gender and Sexuality

 
Performance of Race and Ethnicity

 
Performance of Disability and Mental Health

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 10. Interpersonal Communication in Sport
Changing Sports Culture: Game Versus Sport

 
Sport Socialization

 
Family Sports Interaction

 
Sport Outcomes and Coaching

 
Leadership Orientations

 
Communication Contexts

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 11. Small Groups/Teams in Sport
Team/Group Cohesion

 
The Coach’s Impact on Cohesion

 
Group/Team Processes in Sport

 
Sport and Communication Cultures

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 12. Crisis Communication in Sport Organizations
Sense-Making and Behavioral Expectations

 
Situational Crisis Communication Theory

 
Image Repair and Apologia

 
Sport Antapologia

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 13. The Commodification of Sport
The Sports/Media Complex

 
Corporate Sponsorship

 
Identity for Sale

 
Nostalgia

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Chapter 14. Sport Gaming
Fantasy Sports

 
Sports Gaming

 
Sports Gambling

 
Conclusion

 
References

 
Suggested Additional Reading

 
 
Index

Still considering because our department is doing a curriculum rewrite and we're not sure of the composition of what we want of our sports reporting program

Professor Stephan Paul Malick
Communication, Lamar University
February 23, 2021

Andrew C. Billings

Dr. Andrew C. Billings (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1999) is the Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting, Executive Director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication, and Professor in the Department of Journalism & Creative Media at the University of Alabama. His research interests lie in the intersection of sport, mass media, and consumption habits. With 20 books and over 200 journal articles and book chapters, he is one of the most published sports media scholars in the world. His books include Olympic Media: Inside the Biggest Show on Television (Routledge, 2008), Mascot Nation: The Controversy Over Native American Mascots in... More About Author

Michael Laurence Butterworth

Dr. Michael L. Butterworth (Ph.D., Indiana University, 2006) is the Director of the Center for Sports Communication & Media, the Governor Ann W. Richards Chair for the Texas Program in Sports and Media, and Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. His research explores the connections between rhetoric, democracy, and sport, with particular interests in national identity, militarism, and public memory. He is the author of Baseball and Rhetorics of Purity: The National Pastime and American Identity during the War on Terror, co-author (with Andrew Billings and Paul Turman) of Communication... More About Author

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