Emotional Reactions to Sports HeroesÃ¢ÂÂ Rise and Fall: Application of Affective Disposition Theory Via the Hero NarrativeSue Ellen Christian1* and Leah M Omilion-Hodges2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sue Ellen Christian
Associate Professor, Journalism
University of Michigan, USA
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Received Date: May 08, 2014; Accepted Date: June 10, 2014; Published Date: June 17, 2014
Citation: Christian SE, Omilion-Hodges LM (2014) Emotional Reactions to Sports Heroes’ Rise and Fall: Application of Affective Disposition Theory Via the Hero Narrative. J Mass Communicat Journalism 4:201. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000201
Copyright: © 2014 Christian SE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Researchers have contended that the American news media often depict celebrity athletes as the heroes in a narrative that has a schematic familiarity for consumers. The presentation of the athlete at the center of the hero narrative follows a sequence of events operationalized by Hoebeke, Deprez, and Raeymaeckers in 2011. This study assesses the extent that the audience perceived, accepted and retold the hero narrative of cyclist Lance Armstrong and collegiate football player Manti Te'o in the winter of 2012, when both athletes were facing public crises. This study measured the dynamics of Affective Disposition Theory by assessing participants' levels of empathy/ sympathy, liking and identification with the athletes. We discuss the findings in the context of news consumption of the hero narrative as predictive of ADT.