WHIP, BABIP, and FIP: the role of radio broadcasters in the diffusion of advanced statistics in Major League Baseball broadcasts

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dc.contributor.author Nehm, Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-19T20:39:13Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-19T20:39:13Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/20545
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to take a closer look at the use of advanced statistics in Major League Baseball (MLB) radio broadcasts and the possible effects usage could have on the roles of MLB broadcasters. This study used a theoretical framework supported by role theory and diffusion of innovations theory. The study employed in-depth interviews of eight MLB radio broadcasters to get a better understanding of the broadcasters’ thoughts on the value of advanced statistics, how using advanced statistics could affect their role as a broadcaster, the factors that influence the potential inclusion of advanced statistics in their broadcasts, and ultimately, whether broadcasters perceived advanced statistics as a trend or a fad. The interviews revealed a number of things about the baseball broadcasting industry with disagreements appearing in regards to techniques in using advanced statistics in broadcasts and the value of advanced statistics to listeners. Despite the disagreements, the most important finding was the unanimous belief that advanced statistics are not a fad, but rather something that will remain a part of baseball broadcasts going forward. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject sports broadcasting en_US
dc.subject broadcasting en_US
dc.subject broadcasting roles en_US
dc.subject advanced statistics en_US
dc.subject sabermetrics en_US
dc.subject sports broadcast content en_US
dc.title WHIP, BABIP, and FIP: the role of radio broadcasters in the diffusion of advanced statistics in Major League Baseball broadcasts en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Journalism and Mass Communications en_US
dc.description.advisor Barbara DeSanto en_US
dc.subject.umi Mass Communications (0708) en_US
dc.date.published 2015 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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