Sports Communication Interest Group

Conference Call for Paper

Michael L. Butterworth, Vice Chair

Center for Sports Communication & Media

The University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX 78712


Use the ICA’s ScholarOne paper management site to submit papers by 12:00 NOON EST on Friday, 6 November, 2020.

All relevant requirements in the ICA’s general guidelines apply to submissions to the Sports Communication Interest Group (SCIG) such as formatting and registration requirements. SCIG has specific requirements for various submission types below. 


The Sports Communication Interest Group (SCIG) welcomes paper submissions and panel proposals that address the relationship between communication and sport across theories, methods, and topics. SCIG recognizes sport is a scholarly site that articulates with multiple interests within ICA, including but not limited to media studies, cultural studies, identity, health, politics, interpersonal, and organizational communication. Global events have increasingly centered sport in conversations about cultural, economic, political, and social issues. Thus, the SCIG is especially interested in submissions that address the 2021 ICA convention theme, “Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice.”

We also encourage submissions on topics that identify new areas of inquiry, reimagine existing areas of inquiry, or build upon emergent areas of inquiry. More specifically, the SCIG welcomes papers, panels, and poster presentations on topics involving (but not limited to) the following:

This list is far from exhaustive. We welcome submissions from different methodological approaches including critical/rhetorical, qualitative, and quantitative research methods, and also encourage multi-methodological studies.

Submitters are permitted to submit no more than three lead-authored papers to the SCIG. There are no restrictions on the total number of papers that can be submitted. Top faculty and top student papers will be awarded. The following formats may be submitted: 

  1. Extended abstracts: Works in progress (empirical, methodological, theoretical, or critical) of no more than 1000 words in length, not including title page, references, charts, or tables. Extended abstracts longer than 1000 words will not be reviewed. 

  1. Full papers: Only completed papers within the ICA limit of 8,000 words (not including tables and references) will be considered for full papers. All tables and figures should be included with main text in a single document. 

  1. 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).

At least one author per submission must commit to attending the conference (either in person or virtually) if their work is accepted. 

New for 2021: scholars who submit to SCIG are consenting to review for the interest group. 

Those seeking help with the submission process are invited to contact the SCIG Conference Program Planner, Dr. Michael L. Butterworth (

For more information about this year’s conference theme, visit