A study of Division I men's college basketball official's perceptions of sportsmanship
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This study examined the perceptions of Division I college basketball officials on the subject of sportsmanship. Officials from the Mid-American Conference took part in this study by completing a Sportsmanship Perceptions Survey. Perceptions of regular and post season games were examined for similarities and differences. Additionally, factors that influence poor sportsmanship were identified. The study found that poor sportsmanship behaviors occurred more often during the regular season when compared to post season. Spectators were seen as displaying the worst poor sportsmanship behaviors. High occurrences of poor behavior were noted with spectators making verbal and physical gestures toward the official. The study found that coaches, TV/media, and spectators were the three most significant factors influencing poor sportsmanship behaviors in Division I men's college basketball. The results of this study suggested that official's age, years of experience, and average number of games officiated in a given season did not have an influence on their opinions of sportsmanship behaviors.