Sports Communication Interest Group


Tang Tang, Chair

The University of Akron

School of Communication

Akron, OH 44325

Phone: 814-863-1484


The ICA 2019 conference theme of Communication Beyond Boundaries aims for an understanding of the role of communication and media in the crossing of social, political and cultural boundaries that characterize contemporary society, and encourages research that crosses the boundaries of research domains, of particular fields of research interest, and of academia and the outside world. Communication and media feature centrally in today’s crossing of boundaries and cultures, themselves firmly founded in communication technologies, infrastructures, and practices. Today’s media landscape, global digital technologies and networks have been central to the expansion in movements in people, capital, commodities, images, and ideologies across national boundaries.


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. With the conference theme of Communication Beyond Boundaries, we encourage scholars to address topics related to:

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 top student papers will be named. Submissions must be made using Scholar One, and submitters will need to set up a new profile.

  1. Extended abstracts: Works in progress (empirical, methodological, theoretical, or critical) of no more than 1500 words in length, not including title page, references, charts, or tables will be considered. Extended abstracts longer than 1500 words will not be reviewed. Abstracts should concisely present the purpose of the paper, main theoretical framework/assumptions, and research methods. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted. Authors are expected to take efforts to conceal their identity from reviewers; authors’ names should NOT appear anywhere in the files submitted. The cover page should include a title along with key words to help facilitate the review process.

  2. Papers: Only completed papers within the ICA limit of 8,000 words (including references, but excluding tables and figures) will be considered. There are no page limits. Papers must adhere to all general guidelines for ICA conference paper submission (such as those for author identification) to be reviewed. Work already published or accepted for publication should not be submitted. If ALL authors are students, the submission should be designated a student paper, making it eligible for a student paper award. The cover page should include a title along with key words to help facilitate the review process.

(c) 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. Panels should include contributions from at least two different countries, and not more than one contribution from a single Faculty, Department or School.

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. Mike Devlin (

For more information about this year’s conference theme, visit WWW.ICAHDQ.ORG