Date of Publication

Spring 2012

Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Professor's Name

Emily Dane-Staples


There are numerous studies that exist which discuss the issue of race along with media coverage. This issue exists as studies often find that the coverage of white athletes is significantly different than that of black athletes. Many of these previous studies are centered around the main concept of the Critical Race Theory. This study went more in depth with this theory and examined if the specific coverage of player arrests differed by race. A content analysis was performed that looked at the featured articles from Sports Illustrated dealing with player arrests over a three year period from 2008 to 2010. The results of the study found that racism did not exist within the Sports Illustrated articles over this time period.