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Gendering the Coronavirus Pandemic: Toward a Framework of Interdependence for Sport

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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Situational Crisis Communication Theory and the National Football League: A Case Study of the NFL’s Response Strategies to Its Concussion Crisis

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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Examining the Intersection of Sport, Social Media, and Crisis Communication

Evan L. Frederick and Ann Pegoraro

A crisis poses a threat to an organization’s reputation ( Coombs, 2015 ). Often a crisis has the ability to damage an individual’s or organization’s image, which is a valuable commodity that often requires significant repair during a crisis ( Benoit, 1997 ). No industry sector is immune from a

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Demonstrating Equitable and Inclusive Crisis Leadership in Higher Education

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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The Norwegian Football Family and Strategic Crisis Communication

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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Sport Event Sponsorship in the Midst of Crisis: A Teaching Case Study on the Partnership Between RunCzech and Adidas

William Crossan, Jan Šíma, and Brendan Dwyer

of stakeholders. A major road running organizer, such as RunCzech, has three primary stakeholders: race participants, local city governments, and sponsors (which RunCzech refers to as partners). The focus of this case is on RunCzech’s crisis management strategy regarding their major sponsors (e

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World Wrestling Entertainment Responds to the Chris Benoit Tragedy: A Case Study

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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Fantasy Breakdown: A Case Study on Organizational Crisis Communication and Stakeholder Reaction During Mass Product Failure

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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Career Assistance to a Team in Crisis-Transition: An Intervention Case Study in Swedish Elite Handball

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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“Germany Crashes Out of World Cup”: A Mixed-Method Study on the Effects of Crisis Communication on Facebook

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