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Examining the Role of Anticipation in Outcome Expectations and Enjoyment of Televised Sports Contests

William Kinnally, Ph.D. University of Central Florida Abstract: This exploratory study extends our understanding of affective disposition theories (ADT). Two aspects of ADT have received little attention: anticipation and expectations. This project had three goals: 1) examine how anticipation of a contest relates to outcome expectations, 2) examine how anticipation and expectations relate to enjoyment, and 3) extend the disposition theory of sports spectatorship to examine how enjoyment of one contest relates to expectations and enjoyment of a subsequent contest. Three pregame components reflecting anticipation (pregame media use, cognition, and affect) were considered. Anticipated joy was positively related to outcome ...

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