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ERIC Number: ED426998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 25
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One Hundred and Two Days of "Sportscenter": Messages of Poor Sportsmanship, Violence and Immorality.
Aicinena, Steven
This study collected and described the verbal comments made during 102 editions of ESPN's Sportscenter, a sports news program. Comments made by the programs anchors, news journalists, players, coaches, owners, etc., believed to potentially convey to viewers what was normative or inappropriate behavior for sports participants, were recorded. A total of 1,706 comments were recorded, with an average of 17 comments per program. Comments used in this study pertained to sportsmanship (good and bad), fights/battery (punches, pushes, and fights), and immoral behavior (violation of laws or NCAA rules) taking place within the sports setting that were prohibited by game rules. Of the 1,706 comments, 355 fell within those categories. Data analysis indicated that sport as presented on Sportscenter was rife with poor sportsmanship, violence, and immoral behavior. Of the 355 comments, 352 were negative. Good sportsmanship and acts considered to be morally uplifting were rarely commented on. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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