Research Project Reflection

One thing I struggled with during this project was putting together a consent form to include with the research project survey, as I wanted people to be aware of their rights and for them to know that they could always contact me if need be. Once I had sorted out the consent form, I then had to set up the survey and locate it somewhere where it would reach my target audience – diehard footy fans!
Facebook was perfect for this, as several Facebook groups have been created just for followers of Rugby League, and the NRL. This was the perfect spot for me to post my survey and get some interesting responses.

This research project started off smoothly with several people showing interest. Using social media and a variety of sporting groups on Facebook, allowed for the survey to take off pretty quickly. I received several responses on the survey within just a matter of hours; the responses all fairly similar. It wasn’t until around a day later that the survey was being shared amongst others by people who had already completed the survey.
I had several people saying they were interested in seeing where the research project was headed and were also interested in seeing what my results were.

After receiving over two-hundred (200) responses, I took the survey down and focused on the first one-hundred (100) responses as the other one-hundred plus (100+) were fairly similar to the first hundred. Most responses were from people who have followed the sport of Rugby League for over ten (10) years.
In amongst the one hundred (100) responses, only three percent (3%) were unaware of scandals in the NRL, leaving ninety-seven percent (97%) completely aware of them. Most of the scandals recorded included drug abuse, domestic violence, drink driving charges, and racism; drugs leading by at least eighty-five percent (85%).

The next thing I was interested in, was finding out whether or not these scandals had affected the way in which people view the sport. I was quite shocked when I’d seen that most people had stated that recent scandals in the NRL hadn’t quite affected their viewing of the sport.

I ended the survey with the question: “Do you think the NRL should focus more on the game?” and to this question I received an eighty-six percent (86%) response to yes, and a fourteen percent (14%) response no.

Throughout the survey, I made sure to keep all participants anonymous and only kept in close contact with those who wished to remain in contact.
This blog post will also be shared on the sites used to promote the survey, so that those who participated can view the results of the survey.

Overall, the project was enjoyable to work on, even when it proved to be a little difficult.
The survey never lacked in responses, which was very handy as it allowed for me to move on to analysing the results a lot quicker. All participants were also willing to be involved in the research project and were very interested in finding out what conclusion I had come to.

I’d be very interested in furthering my findings in potential future research tasks.


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Scandalous Project Update

Hi everyone!

As mentioned before in an earlier blog post, I will be starting a project focused on whether or not scandals in rugby league take away from actual sports news.

Recently I created a survey around this topic.
The data collected from this survey will allow us to get to the bottom of all the controversy surrounding the game we all love and follow so intently.

A lot of us love our footy, however we can never seem to watch a game without being bombarded by the recent scandals and controversies – such as the “Big-4” (James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses, Aaron Woods, Luke Brooks) from the Wests Tigers being split up and how the club is now a “sinking ship”, or big name Cooper Cronk ending his time with the Melbourne Storm abruptly, or even the charges against Canberra Raiders second rower, Josh Papalii.

Therefore, the date collected from the attached survey will allow us to understand what exactly draws viewers and football fanatics to the sport. Is it the game in general, or is it something more; is it the scandalous lives of the players and all of the off-field drama that make it all the more interesting?




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Scandals in sport and how they take away from actual sports news

When we watch sports are we watching the game, or are we only interested because of the recent scandals surrounding the sport? – The scandals that have taken over all the news channels.

With this research task, I will survey fellow sports fanatics to find out whether or not they know more about the sport, or more about the scandals.

Recently, the game of Rugby League has been surrounded by scandals. For example, the Tim Simona ‘Gambling and Abortion Scandal’, Mitchell Pearce’s ‘doggy-style’ act, Todd Carney’s choice in hydration, and Semi Radradra’s flee from the country – but how has this affected the views of sporting fans? Have they been following the news in order to hear about the sport, or to hear more about the scandalous football superstars? I know that I, a football fanatic, followed the scandals closely as I found it difficult to follow the game without hearing about the off-field drama.

But for those who decide they want nothing to do with the drama, can they really escape it? All the off-field events seem to work their way into the game, as commentators and hosts comment on the scandalous events.

Drugs, gambling, and even domestic violence seem to surround the sporting world – leaving sporting fans hanging on to the scandalous lives of the sporting superstars rather than their sporting talents. So, are more and more people watching these particular sports in order to find out more about the drama, or watching it simply because of their love and passion for the game? And how are companies such as Channel 9 and FoxSports benefitting/losing out due to these well-known scandals?

Therefore, using this research task, I will survey people who follow the game of Rugby League and I will find out whether or not the game has been trumped by the off-field scandals.


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