Ray Gravell first achieved fame as a member of the great Welsh rugby team of the 1970s. After his playing career was over he moved into the national media, working as an actor and a broadcaster. This article examines obituaries and other newspaper accounts after the death of Gravell and the ways in which celebrity is consumed and (re)presented. It looks at cultures of commemoration in both the mourning and the celebration of this figure and analyzes how the past and the present are (re)presented in a complex interplay of imagining the nation. In an analysis informed by social identities research it explores Gravell’s symbolic significance and positions him as the last Prince of Wales.
Gashaw Abeza, Mads Quist Boesen, Norm O’Reilly and Jessica R. Braunstein-Minkove
regional political instability that Qatar is facing, the country is being accused of human rights violations. For example, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that there have been dozens of deaths related to heat and exhaustion as a result of the working conditions on the construction sites of the 2022 FIFA
G. Matthew Robinson, Mitchell J. Neubert and Glenn Miller
, it is important to me to be able to explain what happened. 1 2 3 4 5 29. I try to downplay my part when I help others. 1 2 3 4 5 30. Death usually reminds me how needy I am. 1 2 3 4 5 31. When I have been confronted with the reality of death, it causes me to think how quickly life passes by. 1 2 3 4
John J. Miller and John T. Wendt
On October 23, 2010 in the city of Fujairah, east of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United States medal winning swimmer Fran Crippen failed to finish the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) 10 Kilometer Marathon Swimming World Cup open water race. The conditions of the water and exterior temperature were relevant factors contributing to the death of Fran Crippen. A discussion of risk communication, as an integral part of the risk management process, describes how this tragedy could have been avoided. This case study will address how the proper authorities could have employed the risk communications to prevent this tragedy.
Laura Richardson Walton and Kevin D. Williams
An organization’s initial response to a crisis can dictate the tone of its sustained response throughout the crisis, as well as stakeholders’ reactions to the incident. When news of the deaths of professional wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, and their 7-yr-old son broke, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) immediately paid tribute to the superstar. A memorial show to Benoit’s career aired as investigators searched the family’s home. The investigation revealed that Benoit murdered his wife and son before taking his own life, resulting in WWE’s retraction of its earlier tributes. Furthermore, the organization had to respond to the swarm of speculation that steroids—and WWE’s lax policy on their use—were to blame. This case study analyzes WWE’s immediate response strategies to their employee’s family’s deaths and the subsequent strategies used on learning that the employee was implicated. Qualitative analysis of corporate documents and official statements seeks to provide direction regarding how similar organizations should respond in the days immediately after tragic events when employees may be implicated.
of the NCAA, the passage and repeal of the Sanity Codes, the expansion of the NCAA’s investigative and enforcement procedures, the 1952 Kentucky and the 1987 Southern Methodist death penalties, the inclusion of due process procedures following the Jerry Tarkanian case, and the impact of television
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information regarding the legal trends and statutory immunity provisions of using automatic external defibrillators in the sport setting. The final issues discussed in this chapter are highly pertinent to today’s sport environment: heat-related deaths and concussions. Specifically, the authors provide
(those who have had mechanical devices added to their bodies), as well as the issue of transgender athletes who have been transformed by drugs and surgery. Chapter 5, titled “The Birth and Death of the National Football League,” essentially becomes an indictment of the NFL and allows the players to
Emma Kavanagh, Chelsea Litchfield and Jaquelyn Osborne
Heather Watson similarly spoke about the online vitriol she was subjected to in social media environments, including receiving personal death threats and posts questioning the safety of her family. Watson openly spoke of the significant impact that such online commentary had on her sense of self and her
from racism, discrimination, and prejudice. Instead, the highly publicized deaths of Black men, often at the hands of law enforcement officers, exposed the inequities that continue to affect persons of color in America. Bimper and Harrison explore college athletics as a body that has the power to