“A Breath of Fresh Air”: Media Framing of a Unique National Football League Draft Pick

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In the 2016 National Football League (NFL) Draft, Moritz Böhringer became the first international player ever selected without having previously played in North America. The current study examined media coverage of Böhringer during the process of him being identified as an NFL prospect, working out for NFL scouts, being drafted, and trying to make an NFL roster. Ultimately, Böhringer was framed as an international experiment that produced serious interest from NFL teams and created a “feel good” story for fans. The study contributes to the broader understanding of sport, media, race, and nationality, illustrating how Böhringer—despite being a foreign athlete in a quintessentially American sport—was presented as a “breath of fresh air” that provided welcome relief from the “bad apples” in the league.

The authors are with the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA.

Address author correspondence to Adam Love at adamlove@utk.edu.
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