Type of Document Dissertation Author Haptonstall, Clark David Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-04112005-004936 Title Measuring The Effectiveness Of Mediated And Non-Mediated Communication Among Heisman Trophy Voters Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Sport Management, Recreation Management, and Physical Education, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Michael Mondello Committee Chair Aubrey Kent Committee Member Davis Houck Committee Member Julie Dunn Committee Member Keywords
- College Football
- Sports Information Director
Date of Defense 2005-04-07 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded each year to the best college football player in the United States. In 2003, voters chose Jason White from the University of Oklahoma as the winner. The eligible voters consisted of 870 members of the media (divided evenly in six geographic regions) and 51 former living Heisman Trophy winners.
Throughout the last several decades, colleges and universities have promoted its players in hopes of garnering the prestigious award. There is much speculation as to what positively influences voters as they decide the Heisman Trophy winner. This dissertation examines what information is important to voters as they determine their Heisman Trophy vote.
The results of this study show non-mediated communication has a stronger influence on voters than does mediated communication. Observations and personal influences are more important to voters than receiving propaganda from a university promoting a player. In addition, there was a regional voting bias as each of the top four finalists received considerably more than one-sixth of their first-place votes from the voters in their geographic region. Generally, voters believe they have an open mind and will cast their ballot for the nationís top candidate. However, the voters perceive their fellow voters are much more likely to choose a candidate from their geographic region as their top choice.
Finally, it was hypothesized the less a voter watched their candidate during the season, the more they would rely on mediated communication for information gathering. However, it was determined there was no relationship between the number of times a voter saw their top choice play and their reliance on mediated communication.
Filename Size Approximate Download Time (Hours:Minutes:Seconds)
28.8 Modem 56K Modem ISDN (64 Kb) ISDN (128 Kb) Higher-speed Access dissertation_Haptonstall.pdf 2.55 Mb 00:11:48 00:06:04 00:05:18 00:02:39 00:00:13