Title

An Examination of Fan-Athlete Interaction: Fandom, Parasocial Interaction, and Identification

Publication Title

Ohio Communication Journal

Publication Date

10-1-2009

Document Type

Article

Keywords

fan-athlete interaction, fandom, parasocial interaction, identification

Disciplines

Communication

Abstract

The objective of this study was to more clearly delineate fan-athlete relationships. Specifically, we sought to ascertain relationships among fandom, parasocial interaction, and identification with athletes. We asked sports television viewers to rate their levels of fandom, parasocial interaction, and identification with a favorite athlete. We found that those who reported higher levels of fandom were more likely to have parasocial relationships and identify with favorite athletes. Implications of these findings are discussed.

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