Abstract

Abstract:

Given the proliferation of Australian punters across college football in the last five years, this study analyzed news coverage of this phenomenon and the role media discourse plays in portraying international athletes. Grounded in framing theory, a content analysis was conducted on 24 Australian punters, looking at article frames, nationalism frames, and athlete-specific frames. The results from this content analysis demonstrate that news coverage typically emphasizes Australian punters’ skill level and athletic attributes, their foreignness, and their ambition. Taken together, the results highlight the positive portrayal of Australians in U.S. media and aids in legitimizing nonnormative athletes in the United States.

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