Fan Ties and Friendships: A Longitudinal Network Study of Division III Sports on Campus

Published on Feb 26, 2021in Journal of Intercollegiate Sport
· DOI :10.17161/JIS.V14I1.13601
Matthew Katz8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst),
Ovidiu C. Cocieru2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Scranton)
+ 1 AuthorsMarlene A. Dixon21
Estimated H-index: 21
(A&M: Texas A&M University)
The purpose of this longitudinal actor-based network study is to examine the evolution of sport fan ties and friendship ties on Division III campuses. Using two years of network data from a cohort of new students at a Division III institution, a SIENA model is developed to empirically test the co-evolution of fan ties and friendship ties. Grounded in student development, sport consumer behavior, and network theories, the overarching goal of this study is to explore the causal effect of fan ties on friendship ties among new students. To ascertain the value of Division III sports on campus, the authors explore the role of sports on campus in promoting friendships for new students based on the strong theoretical tradition from student development highlighting the salience of peer relationship in student success and retention. Accordingly, theoretical implications related to sport fan networks are considered within practical discussion of Division III sports and retention.
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#1Sayvon J. L. Foster (A&M: Texas A&M University)
#2Daniel Springer (A&M: Texas A&M University)H-Index: 1
Last. Molly Harry (UVA: University of Virginia)H-Index: 1
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The presence of research regarding specific student populations demonstrates their importance to the field given the importance of research and knowledge creation in shaping higher education. A growing number of higher education scholar-practitioners have engaged in work addressing college sport but an overwhelming dearth of college sport and athlete-focused higher education research in higher education journals is cause for concern. The purpose of this study is to investigate the presence of co...
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