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Becoming Fans: Socialization and Motivations of Fans of the England and U.S. Women’s National Football Teams

Rachel Allison and Stacey Pope

The prevalence of sports fandom and its centrality in the lives of many, as well as nearly omnipresent opportunities for fandom presented in contemporary society, have made fandom a topic of substantial interest to scholars of sport ( Crawford, 2003 ; Markovits & Albertson, 2012 ; Spaaij

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Sport Mediatization, Connected Fans, and Playfulness: An Introduction to Parasocial Pretend Play

Jeffrey W. Kassing

popular television show set in a sport context into popular culture and the implications of that intrusion for parasocial interaction (PSI), mobile media, and fandom. The show in question, Ted Lasso , ran for three seasons on Apple TV+, achieving substantial popular appeal and receiving considerable

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The Impact of Media Globalization of English Football: The Kuwaiti Experience

Ali A. Dashti, Richard Haynes, and Husain A. Murad

believe, identifies some new knowledge on the emergent influence of Arab Gulf States on contemporary global media sport. The analysis focuses on three interrelated issues: (a) the impact of the EPL on Kuwaiti football fandom, (b) the impact of the EPL on domestic Kuwaiti football culture, and (c

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Does It Matter if Sport Fans “Root for the Home Team?” A Test of the Team Identification–Social Psychological Health Model

Benjamin J.I. Schellenberg and Patrick Gaudreau

Cheering for a sport team can be a fun and exciting way to spend one’s free time. But being a sport fan can also be an effective way to enhance one’s psychological health and well-being ( Wann, 2006 ; Wann & James, 2019 ). Two reasons have been proposed to explain how sports fandom can contribute

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Driving Female Student Attendance at Sizable State University

Liz Sattler, Claire Trattner, and Rebecca Achen

team to partner with sport management faculty on campus to develop a fan survey. The survey could ask female students to respond to questions related to their sport fandom in general, sport motivation, and consumption behaviors, along with other general demographic information that could help the

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Stability and Change in Sports Fandom Over Time: A Longitudinal Study of U.S. Women’s Professional Soccer Fandom

Rachel Allison, Radosław Kossakowski, and Stacey Pope

Most American adults describe themselves as at least somewhat attached to sport as fans and over 40% report high levels of identification, marking sports fandom as both a common and significant aspect of people’s lives ( Allison & Knoester, 2024 ). Yet, while a substantial body of research has

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When Sports Fans Buy: Contextualizing Social Media Engagement Behavior to Predict Purchase Intention

Emil Steiner, Matthew Pittman, and Brandon Boatwright

media allow fans to engage in a process whereby they can express opinions, insights, and fandom to a wider audience via multiple platforms” (p. 174). Kim and Kim ( 2019 ) found “that those who often use social media for college sports are more likely to develop group identity as well as collective self

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When Sport Fandom Meets Motherhood: A Qualitative Exploration of Women’s Experiences

Kim Toffoletti and Katherine Sveinson

Women’s sport fandom is a growing phenomenon, yet mothers’ experiences of being a sport fan remain largely absent from scholarly research, and from investigations into mothers’ sport participation and feminist leisure studies more generally ( Pope, 2017 ). The literature makes clear the different

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The Reverse Socialization of Sport Fans: How Children Impact Their Parents’ Sport Fandom

Craig Hyatt, Shannon Kerwin, Larena Hoeber, and Katherine Sveinson

no favorite English Premier League team until his son began supporting Liverpool. According to the child, his dad now cheers for Liverpool “because I started liking Liverpool” ( Thomson & Williams, 2014 , p. 335). Their call for more research on how children can influence parental fandom serves as a

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“Count the Ways That It Impacts Your Life”: New Parenthood and Sport Fandom

Aaron C. Mansfield

of parenthood and sport fandom (e.g.,  Hyatt & Foster, 2015 ; Hyatt, Kerwin, Hoeber, & Sveinson, 2018 ; Tinson, Sinclair, & Kolyperas, 2017 ). Such work, however, has not reflected the distinct stages of parenthood ( Galinsky, 1981 ); new parenthood, for example, bears little resemblance to the