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Jens De Rycke, Veerle De Bosscher, Hiroaki Funahashi, and Popi Sotiriadou

Many Nations are increasingly investing public money in elite sport on the belief that this will trigger a range of benefits for the population. However, there is lack of insight into how the population perceives elite sport’s impact on society. This study developed and tested a measurement scale assessing the publics’ beliefs of the positive and negative societal impacts that could potentially flow from elite sport. A sample of the Belgian population (N = 1,102) was surveyed. A 32-item scale was built using principal component and confirmatory factor analysis procedures for which the goodness-of-fit indices were excellent. Multivariate analysis revealed that the Belgian population perceived elite sport to have mostly positive societal impacts. The study findings can serve researchers wanting to measure the perceived potential positive and negative societal impacts of elite sport.

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Carla A. Santos, Scott Tainsky, K. Alexander Schmidt, and Changsup Shim

To date, scholarly attention to mixed martial arts (MMA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization has been limited. This study sought to address this gap in literature by focusing on the news media’s framing of public officials’ discourse concerning MMA. In so doing, the study addressed the entanglement of news media, sport, and contemporary political maneuvering. Overall, findings suggest two dominant media frames: leveraging of sociopolitical capital to protect societal values and leveraging of sociopolitical capital to advocate for legislation. Specifically, the authors propose that news media have framed and reframed MMA as a succession of moral threats and reassurances that are given voice by public officials in the name of protecting the citizenry.

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entrepreneurship in a sport policy context. Sport in Society . doi: 10.1080/17430437.2017.1346618 Measuring and Communicating Societal Value of a Socio-Sponsorship The authors draw on signaling theory, corporate hypocrisy, and fit in socio-sponsorship to frame their investigation of the communication of measured

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Ali Brian, Adam Pennell, Ryan Sacko, and Michaela Schenkelburg

, S.N. , Kendeigh , C.A. , Kalkwarf , H.J. , & Saelens , B.E. ( 2012 ). Societal values and policies may curtail preschool children’s physical activity in child care centers . Pediatrics, 129 ( 2 ), 265 – 274 . PubMed doi:10.1542/peds.2011-2102 10.1542/peds.2011-2102 Faulkner , G

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Arturo Leyva

Armstrong Moral panic occurs when a “condition, episode, person or group’ is perceived as a “threat to societal values and interests.” 73 It is a state where the scapegoat mechanism thrives. In the case of the Black Sox incident, the “threat” was the corruption of the American game. Similarly, for

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Maurice Vergeer and Leon Mulder

). De maatschappelijkewaarde van sport en bewegenvoorgezondheideducatie en socialecohesie [ The societal value of sports and exercise for health, education and social cohesion] . In H. van der Poel , R. Hoeijmakers , I. Pulles , & A. Tiessen-Raaphorst (Eds.), Rapportage sport 2018 (pp

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Cecilia Stenling and Michael Sam

particular, Seippel et al. ( 2016 ), Sant and Mason ( 2018 ), and Garcia et al. ( 2018 ) show that justifications for public funding to sport tend to build on arguments around the external—not intrinsic—values of sport. The societal value of sport thus seems to be an often used and viable cultural material

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Melinda A. Solmon, Kim C. Graber, Amelia Mays Woods, Nancy I. Williams, Thomas J. Templin, Sarah L. Price, and Alison Weimer

tied to a university’s, school/college’s, or department’s values, goals and priorities? Is termination tied to larger societal values and priorities? Or is it linked to individual biases targeting the removal of a program? (b) What processes are typically initiated to terminate a program? (c) Who are

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Elizabeth A. Taylor, Allison B. Smith, Natalie M. Welch, and Robin Hardin

gendered-power dynamic in sport that leads to inequality as an institutional operative practice in sport organizations ( Cunningham, 2008 ). This inequality that is present in sport is reflective of society and societal values ( Washington & Patterson, 2011 ). For women interested in pursuing sport

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Calvin Nite and Marvin Washington

not merely unbiased mechanisms for completing tasks. Instead, they are ever-evolving contexts that are responsive to societal values, expectations, and advancements ( Meyer & Rowan, 1977 ), while also shaping structures, meanings, and social processes for members ( Scott, 2001 ; Selznick, 1957 ). As