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Jeffrey P. Carpenter and Stephen Harvey

Purpose: This study investigated the benefits and challenges described by physical educators who had actively used social media professionally for an average of more than 6 years. Method: The data were collected through semistructured individual and focus group interviews, with an international sample of physical educators (N = 48). The data were analyzed through an open coding process to develop themes. Results: Diverse benefits and challenges associated with social media use were identified and organized in alignment with a social ecological model. The benefits included enhanced knowledge, skills, teaching, student learning, and access to professional community. The challenges included managing the quantity of available content, the risks of context collapse, and navigating the cultures and discourse of online spaces. Discussion: A deeper understanding of the benefits and challenges of physical educators’ social media use can enable stakeholders to act in more strategic ways as they navigate the promise and the peril of social media.

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Brett Hutchins, David Rowe and Andy Ruddock

MyFootballClub (MFC) is a popular computer game, Web site, online networking experiment, business model, and an actual soccer club. This article uses MFC to address the question of how networked media sport is reshaping the media sports cultural complex (Rowe, 2004). Our aim is to show how the professionalization and mediatization of sport has created a longing to reconstruct a kind of communitas around supporter participation in the ownership and running of their team. We conclude by suggesting that it is now time to think less in terms of the longstanding relationship between sport and media, and more about sport as media given the increasing interpenetration of digital media content, sport, and networked information and communications technologies.

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Karen McCormack

continued online. Others were formed and remained online, providing information and support. At times the online network functioned as a support system in which women shared information, reinforced positive feelings about riding and growth, and also critiqued what they saw as exclusionary or sexist practice

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Maurice Vergeer and Leon Mulder

) and have shown that there have been few studies of online networks (e.g.,  Bigsby, Ohlmann, & Zhao, 2019 ). The present study attempted to augment this limited body of research by focusing on the number of followers that players have acquired on social media and seeking to answer the following

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Roxane Coche and Benjamin J. Lynn

starts to take over. Skill development must also be adjusted for behind-the-camera crews. Broadcast programs in the United States have invested in mobile production trucks these past few years. Some have even signed agreements with online networks to have some or all of their institution’s athletic

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Mark Lowes and Christopher Robillard

online networks is a social responsibility. Blogs and Online Citizen Sport Journalism How spectators are using digital-media platforms to contribute to the mediated experiences of sport is a constitutive feature of emerging sport-news production practices centered on the work of citizen sport journalism

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Brendan O’Hallarn, Stephen L. Shapiro, Marion E. Hambrick, D.E. Wittkower, Lynn Ridinger and Craig A. Morehead

media and sport has been criticized for its overreliance on content analysis ( Hardin, 2014 ) and challenged to incorporate new theoretical frameworks, especially from outside of sport ( Filo, Lock, & Karg, 2015 ), to better understand the phenomena that are occurring through the popular online networks

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Stephen Harvey and Jeffrey P. Carpenter

). “Newbies” and “Celebrities”: Detecting social roles in an online network of teachers via participation patterns . International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 9 ( 4 ), 433 – 450 . doi:10.1007/s11412-014-9197-4 10.1007/s11412-014-9197-4 Smith Risser , H. , Bottoms , S

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Stephen Harvey, Jeffrey P. Carpenter and Brendon P. Hyndman

, Short, Clements, & Staples, 2019 ; Smith Risser, 2013 ), and the sharing of low-quality materials or questionable practices (e.g.,  Sawyer, Dick, Shapiro, & Wismer, 2019 ). However, researchers have also reported various benefits. Through online networks and connections, educators are able to access a