Monday, July 18, 2011

CFP: 5th Summit on Communication and Sport

Call for Papers
Fifth Summit on Communication & Sport

Thursday, March 29 – Saturday, March 31, 2012
Embassy Suites Conference Center – East Peoria, IL
Hosted by Bradley University

If the first four Summits are any indication of the burgeoning interest in sports communication research, then the fifth Summit will certainly have much to offer. Our hope is that the upcoming Summit will serve as a vehicle for the exchange of concepts, theories and approaches to the study of communication and sport. Take this unique opportunity to connect with other sports communication scholars.

We invite you to consider presenting at the 2012 conference. To ensure that we offer a balance of topics, we ask that you consider responding to this call for papers.
Scholars who are interested in presenting research that explores communication and sport are encouraged to submit abstracts or full-length manuscripts for consideration.
Options for submission:
 Abstracts (200-500 words)
To submit an abstract, click here and complete the online form.
 Full-length manuscripts (5,000-10,000 words, APA style)
To submit a completed manuscript, send as an attached PDF file, word format to:

Author name and contact information (institutional affiliation, email address and telephone number) should be in the body of the email. However, no information identifying the author or university affiliation may appear in the attached PDF document.

Up to two submissions from the same author will be considered. Submissions that explore theoretical and/or critical issues related to the study of sports communication are invited and all methodologies are welcome. Submission deadline is October 7, 2011. Any submission with an email date stamp after October 7 will not be considered.

Presenters will be notified of presentation acceptance via email by December 1, 2011.
Inquiries regarding submissions can be sent to Dr. Paul Gullifor at:
More information on the Summit will be available at:
Be sure to bookmark the site and check it regularly!!

Summit Schedule (Tentative):
Thursday, 7:00-9:00 Opening Reception TBD
Friday, 8:30-11:30 Research Sessions
Friday, 12:00-1:15 Opening Luncheon (free with registration) w/Keynote
Friday, 1:30-5:30 Research Sessions
Friday evening Dinner TBD
Saturday, 8:30-11:30 Research Sessions
Saturday, 12:00-1:30 Closing Luncheon (free with registration)
Business Meeting
Saturday, 1:30 Adjournment

Bradley University is proud to host the Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport. Bradley, with its new curriculum in Sports Communication, is a natural home for the Fifth Summit. The academic program, only in its third year, boasts more than 100 majors, a sports communication library, a partnership with NBC/Universal for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and a world-class faculty.

Bradley University, as the host of the conference, has proven its ability to prepare graduates for careers in communication and sport. Our current play-by-play announcers include:
Bob Ortegel
NBA World Champion Dallas Mavericks
Ralph Lawler
Los Angeles Clippers
Brad Johansen
Cincinnati Bengals
Charley Steiner
Los Angeles Dodgers
Andy Masur
San Diego Padres

In addition, Peoria, Illinois, boasts a rich sports history and culture. Many legendary sports broadcasters started their careers in Peoria, including Hall of Fame play-by-play announcers Chick Hearn and Jack Brickhouse. The community embraces its two professional sports franchises, the Peoria Rivermen hockey team (St. Louis Blues affiliate) and the Peoria Chiefs baseball team (Chicago Cubs affiliate). Peoria also hosts the original March Madness (the Illinois high school boys’ basketball tournament championships), as well as the state’s high school cross-country meet.

We hope that you will consider sharing your research at the Fifth Summit on Communication and Sport. We will be playing in Peoria!

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