Midterm Exam PPT - Introduction to the Study of Sport Fans...

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to the Study of Sport Fans CHAPTER 1 Sport Fan & Sport Spectator • Imagine a typical “sport fan” or “sport spectator” – A positive view • Social bond – A negative view A negative view of sport fans and spectators • As beer-drinking couch potatoes with a pathological obsession with a trivial and socially disruptive activity • The violent outbursts of sport fans, • The strained marital relationships between fans and their spouses • The lives that have sport ruined because of sport-related gambling • The ways that sport directs attention away from life’s more important concerns, religion, politics, education, and the betterment of humanity • Which of these divergent perspectives is correct? • Is sport beneficial or harmful for society and its member? • Are sport fans psychologically healthy or disturbed? • Are fan behaviors harmless or harmful? • A careful and thorough investigation of the personalities and characteristics of sport fans • The reasons underlying their decision to participate in the activity • The relationship between sport fans and society Course objectives • By discussing and critiquing the current state of psychological and sociological research and theory on sport fandom • The desired result – A better understanding of sport fans – The meaning of sport in their lives – The place of a sport in contemporary society Basic Topic: The Scientific Exploration of Sport Fandom • DEFINING AND CLASSIFYING SPORT FANS • Sport Fans and Sport Spectators • Same or Different Distinguishing between Sport Fans and Sport Spectators • Sport Fans – Individuals who are interested in and follow a sport, team, and/or athlete • Sport Spectators – Called sport consumers – Individuals who actively witness a sporting event in person or through some form of media (radio, television, etc.) Direct & Indirect Sport Consumers • Direct sport consumers – One’s personal attendance at a sporting event • Indirect sport consumers – One’s exposure to sport through some form of mass media – Television, Radio, or the Internet • Direct sport consumer – Spectator – A part of the sporting environment – Opportunity to impact the event • Attend the Super Bowl in person • Indirect sport consumer – Watching the same contest on television • Different impact on one’s response to the event Lowly and Highly Identified Sport Fans • Wide variations in their level of involvement with, and interest in, the contest • What are the examples of: – Lowly identified sport fans – Highly identified sport fans • Lowly identified sport fans – Not wear apparel that signifies their allegiance to a particular team – Rarely yell or clap in response to the actions of the athletes – Seem more interested in talking to their friends than watching the game • Highly identified sport fans – Dressed (maybe even painted) in their team’s colors – Actively root and yell for their team.Actively root and yell for their team....
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