The Nationalistic Revolution Will Be Televised: The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games on NBC

Angelini, James R.; Billings, Andrew C.; MacArthur, Paul J.
June 2012
International Journal of Sport Communication;Jun2012, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p193
Academic Journal
A population of NBC's primetime coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (64 hours) was analyzed to determine differences between the media treatment of U.S. and non-U.S. Olympians. Results showed that U.S. athletes were highlighted at three to four times to rate their successes would suggest. In addition, American athletes were more likely to be depicted as succeeding because of their intellect, commitment, and consonance while non-American athletes were more likely to be depicted as failing because they lacked the strength and skill of other athletes. From a personality/physicality standpoint, American athletes received enhanced comments about their outgoing/extroverted nature while non-American athletes received more comments about the size and parts of their bodies. Ramifications for framing theory and Olympic nationalism research are articulated.


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