Sport and communication have existed since humans began interacting with one another, with organized sport and planned communication formalized for hundreds of years. However, social science scholars have only taken a high-level of interest in sport communication over the past decade. Over the past 10 years, much has been written and researched in the field, and its formalization continues, justifying a need for a review of its current status and the articulation of its future directions. Thus, this article identifies and critically discusses the developments in the field of sport communication in terms of its academic infrastructures and the resulting body of knowledge. It also assesses how the field’s developments are affecting scholarly advancements and identifies areas of “disciplinary pain.” The work concludes by providing suggestions for future research.
Abeza is with the School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada. O’Reilly is with the Dept of Sports Administration, Ohio University, Athens, OH. Nadeau is with the School of Business, Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, Canada. Address author correspondence to Gashaw Abeza at Gashaw.Abeza@uottawa.ca.