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Sport, Media and Mega-Events

Edited by Lawrence A. Wenner, Andrew C. Billings

© 2017 – Routledge

274 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Description

Bringing together many of the most influential scholars in sport and media studies, this book examines the diverse ways that media influences our understanding of the world’s most important sport events, dubbed sports mega-events. It sheds new light on how these events have been changed by the media, and have, in turn, adapted to media to further their brand’s cultural influence.

Focusing on the central concept of "mediatization" – the permeation of media into all spheres of contemporary life – the book presents original case studies of major events including the Olympics, FIFA, rugby and cricket World Cups, Tour de France, Super Bowl, World Series, Monaco Grand Prix, Wimbledon, and many more. Written from a truly international perspective, thisis a seminal work in sport and media studies that reveals the growing political, economic, and cultural influences of sport mega-events in contemporary society.

Sport, Media and Mega-Events is an essential text for any course on the sociology of sport, event management, sport marketing, or featuring a cultural, communication or media studies approach to sport.

Table of Contents

Part I: Framing Sport, Media and Mega-Events

1. The Curious Case of the Megasporting Event: Media, Mediatization and Seminal Sports Events

[Andrew C. Billings and Lawrence A. Wenner]

2. Sports Mega-Events: Mass Media and Symbolic Contestation

[John Horne]

3. Media Events, Mega-Events and Social Theory: From Durkheim to Marx

[Richard Gruneau and James Compton]

Part II: MegaMediaSport Event Studies

4. 28 Olympic Summers: Historical and Methodological Reflections on Understanding the Olympic Mega-Event

[Alan Tomlinson]

5. 22 Olympic Winters: The Media and the (Non)Making of the Games

[Pirkko Markula]

6. The FIFA World Cup: Media, Football and the Evolution of a Global Event

[Richard Haynes and Raymond Boyle]

7. The Rugby World Cup Experience: Interrogating the Oscillating Poles of Love and Hate

[Toni Bruce]

8. The International Cricket Council World Cup: A "Second Class" MegaMediaSport Event?

[Dominic Malcolm and Thomas Fletcher]

9. Wimbledon: A MegaMediaSport Tradition

[Eileen Kennedy, Laura Hills, and Alistair John]

10. The Masters Golf Tournament: Media Mega-Event and the Environment Meet the Augusta National Syndrome

[Brad Millington and Brian Wilson]

11. Tour de France: Mediatization of Sport and Place

[Kirsten Frandsen]

12. The Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500: Projecting European Glamour and Global Americana

[Damion Sturm]

13. The AFC Asian Cup: Continental Competition, Global Disposition

[David Rowe]

14. Super Bowl: Mythic Spectacle Revisited

[Michael R. Real and Lawrence A. Wenner]

15. The World Series: Baseball, American Exceptionalism and Media Ritual

[Michael L. Butterworth]

16. The NCAA Basketball Championships: March Madness Goes Global

[Bryan E. Denham]

17. The X Games: Re-imagining Youth and Sport

[Holly Thorpe and Belinda Wheaton]

About the Editors

Lawrence A. Wenner is Von der Ahe Professor of Communication and Ethics in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University, USA. His critical research on mediated sport focuses on gender, race, and commodification. He is editor of the research journal Communication and Sport, author of over 130 scholarly articles and chapters, and has published nine books, including Fallen Sports Heroes, Media and Celebrity Culture.

Andrew C. Billings is the Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting and Director of the Alabama Program in Sports Communication at the University of Alabama, USA. His research frequently focuses on media renderings of sports mega-events, particularly as they relate to issues of gender, ethnicity, and nationality. He is the author and/or editor of 13 books, including Olympic Media: Inside the Biggest Show on Television and over 130 journal articles and book chapters.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
SPO066000
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports
SPO068000
SPORTS & RECREATION / Business Aspects