Trending in the right direction: A case study analyzing temple football’s #springball18 campaign

Jimmy Sanderson, Sarah Stokowski, Elizabeth Taylor

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Social media play a major role in marketing and promotional efforts in intercollegiate athletics, yet student-athletes are rarely included in these campaigns. This case study analyzes a campaign employed by Temple University’s football program that departed from this norm. During their 2018 spring game, Temple coaches allowed football players to put their Twitter handles on the backs of their jerseys. Through interviews with athletic department staff members and football student-athletes and analysis of football players’ tweets and media framing of this campaign, several positive outcomes emerged. These included how the campaign fostered student-athlete buy-in and generated favorable media coverage for the program. However, analysis also revealed that while many football student-athletes actively used Twitter, they were not fully integrated into the campaign. Implications for including student-athletes’ social media content in athletic department marketing, branding, and promotional efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-127
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Media framing
  • Sport branding
  • Sport marketing
  • Student-athletes and social media
  • Twitter


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