Sports Communication Interest Group


Marie Hardin, Chair
The Pennsylvania State U
201 Carnegie
University Park, PA 16802 USA
Phone: 814-863-1484

The Sports Communication Interest Group (SPIG) welcomes paper submissions and panel proposals on a broad range of topics pertaining to sport and its relationship to myriad communication forms and formats.

The SPIG is open to all epistemologies and methodological approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, critical/cultural and rhetorical approaches to the study of communication and sport. International and interdisciplinary work are especially encouraged. Submitters are permitted to submit no more than two lead-authored papers to the SPIG. Top faculty and student papers will be named.

Papers: Only completed papers within the ICA limit of 35 pages (including references and tables) will be considered. Papers must adhere to all general guidelines for ICA conference paper submission (such as those for author identification) to be reviewed. If ALL authors are students, the submission should be designated a student paper, making it eligible for a student paper award. 

Panels: Panel proposals should include a rationale for the panel (350-word maximum), as well as abstracts of each participant’s contribution (150-word maximum for each presenter). Panels with institutional and/or national diversity are especially encouraged.

At least one author per submission must commit to attending the conference if his or her work is accepted. Individuals who submit papers are encouraged to also volunteer as reviewers. Those seeking help with the submission process are invited to contact the SPIG Conference Program Planner, Dr. Tang Tang (