Title of Presentation or Performance

An Analysis of Commentary in Men’s and Women’s Olympic Basketball

Major

Psychology

Type of Submission

Poster

Type of Submission (Archival)

Event

Area of Study or Work

Psychology

Faculty Advisor

Marie Nebel-Schwaim

Expected Graduation Date

2022

Location

CNS Atrium, Easel 35

Start Date

4-9-2022 8:30 AM

End Date

4-9-2022 9:45 AM

Abstract

From previous research, we know that differences exist between how female and male athletes are portrayed and how their athletic performances are discussed. Research has found that female athletes are more often objectified than males in sports imagery and sports commentary. However, some suggest that these trends may be diminishing. Thus, the present study examines broadcast commentary for the 2020 Olympic basketball gold-medal games for both the men’s and women’s teams. A coding procedure was developed based on previous research in order to compare the frequency of various types of comments. Some of the categories include comments about the athlete’s physicality/athleticism, looks/appearance, and name usage.

The main purpose of this study is to determine whether there are differences between the types of comments made about male and female athletes who are engaging in the same sport at the same level of competition.

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An Analysis of Commentary in Men’s and Women’s Olympic Basketball

CNS Atrium, Easel 35

From previous research, we know that differences exist between how female and male athletes are portrayed and how their athletic performances are discussed. Research has found that female athletes are more often objectified than males in sports imagery and sports commentary. However, some suggest that these trends may be diminishing. Thus, the present study examines broadcast commentary for the 2020 Olympic basketball gold-medal games for both the men’s and women’s teams. A coding procedure was developed based on previous research in order to compare the frequency of various types of comments. Some of the categories include comments about the athlete’s physicality/athleticism, looks/appearance, and name usage.

The main purpose of this study is to determine whether there are differences between the types of comments made about male and female athletes who are engaging in the same sport at the same level of competition.