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Madeleine Pape and Fiona McLachlan

Coronavirus crisis is now revealing. We consider how the feminist notion of interdependence  could aid in reconfiguring the unequal landscape of sport postpandemic, especially if sports governing bodies, sports media, and other powerful actors commit to recognizing the diverse contributions that are needed

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Sabrina Castonguay and Mark Lowes

The concussion crisis of the National Football League (NFL) is one of the most prominent crises in professional sport, having received tremendous attention from the media, governmental authorities, and the public for more than 2 decades. Concussions first emerged as a significant issue in

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Jared A. Russell, Leslie D. Gonzales, and Harald Barkhoff

action steps for kinesiology leaders who wish to demonstrate inclusive excellence leadership, exemplified by equity and inclusion, during the current crisis and beyond. Inclusive Excellence Leadership Matters in a Crisis An inclusive excellence approach to strategic leadership is paramount for an

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Elsa Kristiansen, Therese Dille, and Simon Tærud Day

down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Aleksander Čeferin labeled COVID-19 as “the biggest crisis that football faced in its history” ( Conn, 2020 , para. 2). Here, we have discussed, by using information obtained from an interview with the

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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.

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Brody J. Ruihley, Jason Simmons, Andrew C. Billings, and Rich Calabrese

When scholars examine issues of reputation, image, and/or crisis communication in sport media, they typically focus on a player or team experiencing trials and tribulations ( Billings, Coombs, & Brown, 2018 ). Various strategies are employed, and, depending on the circumstances, fans generally find

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Johan Ekengren, Natalia Stambulova, Urban Johnson, Andreas Ivarsson, and Robert J. Schinke

, Theeboom, & Lavallee, 2004 ). The SPPs that apply CAPs typically adopt a whole person educational approach to comprehensively prepare athletes to cope with concurrent and future demands, as well as to prevent crisis-type transitions and related mental health problems; some CAPs also have clinical services

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Sonja Utz, Felix Otto, and Tim Pawlowski

asymmetrical relationships that develop between media users and media figures ( Hartmann, Stuke, & Daschmann, 2008 ; Horton & Wohl, 1956 ) and may play an important role, especially in times of crisis, such as an early elimination in an important tournament ( Sanderson & Emmons, 2014 ). In general, a crisis

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Argyro Elisavet Manoli

An escalating number of crises appear in the sport industry in general and the football industry in particular that make the area of crisis communication an increasingly important matter in both the everyday running and the long-term viability of football. However, the sensitivity of the topic makes an extensive analysis on current practice in crisis communications a particularly challenging task. This study examines how crisis communications is managed by investigating the current practices and techniques employed in English Premier League clubs, as they were presented by communications professionals employed in the clubs. The analysis of the clubs’ practices underlines the lack of proactivity and presents the most popular strategies of crisis-communications management: “Wait for the dust to settle” and “React promptly before the noise grows.” In addition, an underdocumented technique is examined: the use of the informal personal relationships between the employees of the clubs and the members of the media. This study also introduces the “crisis communications management in football” model, which illustrates the practices identified through this study and can potentially act as a guide for crisis-communications analysis in a number of other industries.

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Jessica R. Murfree and Chelsea C. Police

focuses on creating and marketing upscale, trendy, and fashionable products, opening itself to a variety of partnerships ( Piller et al., 2012 ; Schmid et al., 2018 ). Founded by Cyrill Gutsch in 2012, Parley for the Oceans (Parley) is an organization determined to address the plastic crisis and plastic