Speaker: Tammy Crawford, Ph.D.
Presentation Title: Female international student-athletes at American universities: Reasons to attend and experiences that followed
Tammy Crawford, Ph.D., a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Sport Management Program at WSU, will speak in the first Sport Management Research Meeting of the Spring 2019 semester. Her presentation, “Female international student-athletes at American universities: Reasons to attend and experiences that followed,” will occur 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.
The number of international female student-athletes who compete at the Division-I level has increased by 58% from 2010 to 2017. This study examines their experiences from the time they begin to investigate American universities, through the acclimation process of life as an intercollegiate student and athlete. Qualitative, in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted in small-group settings with participants (n = 22) from five public Division-I institutions, representing four athletic conferences and eight different NCAA-sponsored sports. International student-athletes show independence and determination, but also a lack of information regarding the breadth of opportunities available across NCAA institutions. They identify areas of adjustment associated with social, athletic, linguistic, and cultural differences, and a sense of gratitude for both academic and athletic opportunities.
Henry Evans, J.D., M.A. on ESport Viewership and Participation Motivations
Henry Evans, J.D., M.A., an Instructor of the Sport Management Program at WSU, will speak in the third and final Sport Management Research Meeting of the Fall 2018 semester. His presentation, “Esport Viewership and Participation Motivations,” will occur 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.
In 2017, over 80 million unique viewers tuned into the SKT-RNG Semi-final match during the League of Legends World Championship. Even more impressive are the more than 100 million players who log on to play League of Legends on a monthly basis. When these numbers are compared to traditional sport viewership and participation, it seems that eSports is beginning to dominate the market. Why? What makes eSports so exciting? This study investigated and compared the motivations for eSport consumption through the lens of the ERG theory of motivation in order to determine why eSport viewership and participation has grown and how eSports should be marketed to both viewers and participants.
Sport Management Research Meetings are organized by the Sport Management program at Washington State University. They occur monthly and feature faculty and student presentations of ongoing and completed research projects. Students and faculty from all programs are welcome to attend.
Jordan Hunter, a graduate assistant for competitive sports and special events at University Recreation and sport management student, will speak in the first Sport Management Research Meeting of the Fall 2018 semester. His presentation, “Trust the Process: Training Initiatives for Officials,” will occur 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.
This presentation will examine how Washington State University Recreation adjusted its officials’ development techniques to better serve the students who need more attention while being trained as sports officials. The format of the clinics was changed to focus more on long-term officiating benefits and developing the whole official. University Recreation wants to put officials in a position where they feel empowered to do a good job while officiating and ultimately retain them as an official and allowing them to advance within its programs.
Scott Jedlicka, an assistant professor in sport management, will speak in the fourth and final Sport Management Research Meeting of the Fall 2017 semester. His presentation, “A Compatibility Issue: International Sport Events and Domestic Polities,” will occur 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, in Cleveland Hall 255 in Pullman.
In the last decade, international sport and multi-sport events seem to be receiving a warm welcome from undemocratic regimes. Dr. Jedlicka’s study attempts to empirically verify whether the ostensible shift toward autocratic host destinations is actually taking place. As international sport organizations struggle to reclaim the moral authority eroded by scandal, the association of sport with autocratic regimes may bring further unwanted scrutiny and undermine these organizations’ pursuit of public redemption.