Politics in Sports: What do People Really Think?

Politics in Sports: What do People Really Think?

A panel discussion with the authors of the first annual CSCM report “Politics in Sports Media,” with Q&A led by a table of student and faculty respondents

WHEN:            Tuesday, March 22, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

WHERE:          IN PERSON -- DMC 5.208 or LIVESTREAM -- https://utexas.zoom.us/j/99032212871

Do sports and politics mix? It’s a perennial question in the court of public opinion. But what does public opinion actually say about it? And now that politics has become so ubiquitous in sports, how effectively do the media actually cover it? To hear informed answers to these and other questions, join us on March 22 for Politics in Sports,” a panel discussion with the authors of the first annual Center for Sports Communication and Media (CSCM) report “Politics in Sports Media.” Following a brief presentation of key findings, the authors will field questions from a table of respondents before opening up a discussion with the audience. 

The report is a comprehensive study of sports media content in the United States with a focus on audience perceptions and critical analysis of high-profile cases reflecting the movements for racial justice and sex and gender equity, as well as the partisan divides over an array of issues from vaccine mandates to the role of sports itself. The report was led by Dr. Natalie Brown-Devlin (ADV/PR), Dr. Jennifer McClearen (RTF), and CSCM director, Dr. Michael L. Butterworth and included a research team of 16 faculty members and graduate students, mostly in the Moody College of Communication.


  • Natalie Brown-Devlin, Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations
  • Jennifer McClearen, Assistant Professor, Radio-Television-Film
  • Michael Butterworth, Professor, Communication Studies


  • Myah Taylor, senior, Journalism, Moody Honors
  • Paige Gifford, senior, Advertising, Moody Honors
  • Brett Siegel, doctoral candidate, Radio-Television-Film
  • Justin Lee, sophomore, Advertising, Moody Honors

Moderator: Dave Junker, Director of Moody Honors, faculty in ADV/PR

Event Sponsors: Center for Sports Communication and Media, Moody College Honors Program, and Committee for Ethical Thought Leadership in Advertising and PR

Contact: Dave Junker, junker@austin.utexas.edu