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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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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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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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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

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Dan Cason, Minkyo Lee, Jaedeock Lee, In-Sung Yeo, and Edward J. Arner

identified personal traits of interest, including sports fandom and motivation, as main drivers to understand sport fan behavior (e.g., gambling, spectating). For instance, Drayer et al. ( 2010 ) studied fantasy football participants and how their behavioral experience activates attitudes toward the NFL

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Adam C. Earnheardt

The extent to which television viewers are fans of sports and their motivation for viewing sports may affect their judgments of athletes’ antisocial behaviors. The uses and gratifications theoretical framework guided exploration of possible predictors of judgments. The sample (N = 347) consisted of sports television viewers. Fandom correlated significantly with motives for viewing televised sports, parasocial interaction, and identification. Fandom was negatively related to judgments of violent crime behaviors and uncharitable/dishonest behaviors. Women who were engaged in other activities while viewing televised sports were more likely to judge violent crime behaviors as most wrong, or negatively. Additional analyses suggested that women who reported lower degrees of fandom, weaker affinity for televised sports, weaker intention to watch sports, weaker self-esteem/achievement and entertaining relaxation motives, and paying less attention to televised sports were the viewers who tended to judge athletes’ violent crime behaviors, uncharitable behaviors, and drug- and steroid-use behaviors as most wrong.

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Brigid McCarthy

This discussion illustrates how fans of women’s artistic gymnastics have used rapidly innovating platforms for user-generated content to create and access sporting information. In doing so, these fans are contributing to the formation of rich collective intelligences around the sport and how these new-media texts are beginning to affect mainstream sports media coverage. Using gymnastics fandom as an example, this discussion demonstrates how online culture has become a prime outlet for those with niche sporting interests. These new-media forms such as blogs, video platforms, and message boards augment and act as supplements to the mainstream sports media coverage, as well as expanding the kinds of information sports fans now can access in this enriched information environment.

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Ben Larkin, Janet S. Fink, and Elizabeth Delia

shown to exhibit an array of differences compared to highly identified fans low in collective narcissism ( Larkin et al., 2021 ), including a positive association with fan aggression and dysfunctional fandom ( Larkin & Fink, 2019 ). However, little is known about the relationship between collective

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Jason Stamm and Brandon Boatwright

sport and allow fans to preserve their perceived fandom value. But as Mike Farrell, national recruiting director for suggests, it is part of an increasing trend of fans attempting to insert themselves into the decision of an athlete: I’ve had kids who [are] a legacy recruit, whose parents

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John Hughson and Marcus Free

In sociology of sport, a considerable amount of scholarship concentrates on sport as an arena of social resistance. Fundamental to understanding resistance within practices of sport following and fandom is an underlying knowledge of the nature of sport as a cultural commodity in which fandom and following are invested. This article draws on Paul Willis’s theoretical work as a means of examining contemporary cultural commodities and the commodity nature of sport in particular. The theoretical discussion is illustrated by an empirical study of developments within English soccer involving collective supporters’ resistance to heightened corporate intrusion into the control of professional clubs.