Analysis of user-generated comments posted during live matches of the Cricket World Cup 2015

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Purpose - The purpose of this explorative-qualitative paper is to analyze user-generated comments posted on social media while live matches were being played during the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Design/methodology/approach - Data were collected from Yahoo! Cricket, a website that allows people to submit comments during live matches. The comments were qualitatively analyzed using the grounded theory approach.

Findings - The key finding of this paper is that people like to consume live sporting events in an online social setting rather than as isolated individuals. In addition, the use of the grounded theory approach helped uncover several new findings related to people’s use of social media during live matches.

Research limitations / implications - Since this paper studied the case of the Cricket World Cup 2015 and collected data from Yahoo! Cricket, caution is advocated in generalizing its findings.

Originality / value - Scholarly interest on the use of social media during live sporting events is growing. Building on such works, this paper highlights how user-generated comments posted during the Cricket World Cup 2015—mostly by individuals within the Indian subcontinent—intersected with broader issues such as culture, identity, politics and religion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1180-1194
Number of pages15
JournalOnline Information Review
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2018

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  • User-generated content
  • social media
  • qualitative analysis
  • information sharing
  • sport communication

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