Awards

Communication and Sport Division

Interest Group Awards

Listed here are awards given by the Interest Group to its members. Interests Groups are smaller communities within NCA's large membership that provide a range of resources including networking opportunities, Annual Convention programming, leadership opportunities, awards, and specialized information dissemination channels, among others.

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Top Overall Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Emilee Shearer & Anthony Peavy , "Attempts at Renewing Her Career: Serena Williams and Her Year of 2018"
2020 Kyle R. King, “'You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby': The Evolution of Billie Jean King’s Feminism and the Battle of the Sexes in Public Memory"
2019 Gregory A. Cranmer, Jimmy Sanderson, David Cassilo, and Bailey Troutman, "Social Media Discourse about Division-I Football Players' Announcements of Early Exit: The Role of Expressed Fandom"
2018 Michael Serazio, "The Transformations in American Sports Journalism: Managing Access and Autonomy in the Production of Infotainment"
2017 Jacob Justice, "From Communist Nightmare to American Dream: Mythic Rhetoric in Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 Tribute to Jose Fernandez"
2016 Kyle King, “The Spirituality of Sport and the Role of the Athlete in the Tennis Essays of David Foster Wallace”

Top Student Paper Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Nathaniel Repay, "A Rhetoric of Fire at the Intersection of Race, Politics, and Sport"
2020 Patrick Gentile and Nicholas Buzzelli, "Hablamos Inglés: Media Portrayals of English-Proficient Latin American MLB Players"
2019 Ashley Danielle Garcia and William R. Cooney, "The Processional Hymn of Sunday Night Football: Praising the Patriotic Unity in 'Oh, Sunday Night'"
2018 Jeanette E. Musselwhite, "Gender Perfomativity: Contradictions and Empowerment Through Femal NFL Fandom"
2017 Jacob Justice, "From Communist Nightmare to American Dream: Mythic Rhetoric in Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 Tribute to Jose Fernandez"
2016 Kyle King, “The Spirituality of Sport and the Role of the Athlete in the Tennis Essays of David Foster Wallace”

Emerging Scholar Award

Year Award Winner
2020 Travis R.Bell
2019 Natalie Brown- Devlin
2018 Michael Devlin
2017 Gregory Cranmer

Outstanding Book Award

Year Award Winner
2021 Gregory M. Cranmer, Athletic Coaching: A Communication Perspective
2020 Travis R. Bell, Janelle Applequist, and Christian Dotson-Pierson, CTE, Media, and the NFL: Framing a Public Health Crisis as a Football Epidemic
2019 Andrew C. Billings and Jason Edward Black, Mascot Nation: The Controversy over Native American Representations in Sports
2018 Daniel A. Grano, The Eternal Present of Sport: Rethinking Sport and Religion
2017 Robert Kerr, How Postmodernism Explains Football and Football Explains Postmodernism: The Billy Clyde Conundrum