Online Abuse in Sport Webinar Series

This webinar series is presented jointly by the FIA, FIA Foundation, DCU and the UAOA Coalition Members.

Online abuse is a significant problem in sport, as signified by its increased media coverage, growing academic support and the development of initiatives such as the UAOA Coalition. The aim of this series is to bring together scholars and sport industry stakeholders from across the globe to disseminate research, share experiences and develop collaborative projects on the subject of online abuse. We hope you enjoy this dynamic webinar series as we unite to tackle online abuse in sport.

Next Webinar

Addressing Online Harm in Australian Women’s Sport

Dr Kim Toffoletti of Deakin University

LIVE – 18th June 2024 at 11 am (GMT) 

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This presentation will discuss the findings of a government funded study into gendered online harms experienced by elite athletes in Australian women’s sport. Distinct from ‘big data’ studies that detect and categorise abusive messages direct toward women athletes, this research asks elite sportswomen about their experiences of online harm. It centers athletes’ voices and perspectives to shed new light on the consequences of negative online encounters and explore their gender-specific effects. Drawing from these insights, we offer a series of recommendations to improve the online safety of women athletes.

Presenter Biography

Dr Kim Toffoletti is Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University, Australia. Her research is focused in two key areas: feminist studies of the media, including social media, and women’s sport, physical activity and wellbeing. Her current work investigates the connections between digital media cultures, gendered visibility and building communities of safety and connection online.

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History of TIDES reports and their relationship with online abuse

History of TIDES reports and their relationship with online abuse

Professor Adrien Bouchet

Recording Available Soon 

The DeVos Sport Business Management program at University of Central Florida has been preparing TIDES (The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport) reports since 2001 although the reports date back to 1988. The TIDES reports examine the race and gender makeup of players, coaches and front office staff in America’s professional and amateur sport leagues including the NFL, Major League Baseball, NBA, WNBA, and the NCAA (governing body of college athletics in the U.S.)

Professor Adrien Bouchet will speak about the history of the TIDES reports and its relationship with online abuse and sport including specific points in time over the last thirty years that have been influential in attracting attention to these issues.

The TIDES report also includes detailed information regarding league-wide initiatives to combat online abuse and racism.

Presenter Biography

Adrien Bouchet is the Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation Endowed Chair and Eminent Scholar of the DeVos Sport Business Management Programme and Director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), which releases the widely publicized Racial and Gender Report Cards for professional, collegiate, and amateur sports each year. Bouchet came to UCF from the University of Tulsa where he spent 12 years as the Warren Clinic Endowed Professor, Sport Business. He also served as the Department Chair, Management & Marketing, Associate Dean and Director. Operations & Graduate Programmes; and Senior Associate Dean, Academics. From 2019 – 2022, he served as the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for the university.

He is a Fulbright Fellow (Portugal) and a Research Fellow, North American Society for Sport Management. In 2017, he served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. In 2015, he received the MAYO Excellence in Research award from the University of Tulsa. That year, he was awarded the Best Paper Award, Strategy track at the Southern Management Association. He and a co-author were awarded a Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics grant to study the escalation in spending in NCAA athletics. Their conference paper was the basis of an article on

He has published articles in OMEGA: Journal of Management Science, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Journal of Service Marketing, Managerial Finance, Corporate Governance, and Journal of Consumer Behaviour.

Prior to entering academia, he served as Manager, Marketing Partnerships for the Miami Dolphins (NFL), Senior Manager, Marketing Partnerships for the Miami Marlins (Major League Baseball); Senior Director, Team, League, & Venue Services for SFX/Clear Channel Entertainment (now LiveNation), and Associate General Manager, ISP/Learfield College Sports.

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Online Hate in Sport: The state of play in academic literature

Online Hate in Sport: The state of play in academic literature

Dr Colm Kearns

Recording Available Soon 

In the first webinar Dr Colm Kearns will present findings from work he has published (with a network of sports scholars) in Communication and Sport on the history of academic research on the subject of online hate in sport. The inaugural webinar with Dr Kearns will be followed by monthly webinars from scholars from across the globe.

Presenter Biography

Dr Colm Kearns is a post-doctoral researcher with the Tackling Online Hate in Football (TOHIF) project (funded by the Irish Research Council and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council). He is the co-author of two reports on the impact of the pandemic on Irish media; ‘RTE and Covid-19: Diversity and Public Needs’ and ‘The Impact of Covid-19 on Ireland’s Independent Radio Sector.’ Colm holds a PhD in Communications from DCU, with a thesis centering on the intersection of sport, media, and national identity. He has published papers on those topics, and also on related ones, in journals such as Television and New Media, The International Review for the Sociology of Sport, and Communication and Sport, in addition to having a chapter featured in the edited collection, Sport, the Media and Ireland: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.