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PLoS One. 2016 Feb 5;11(2):e0148377. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148377. eCollection 2016.

What Makes Sports Fans Interactive? Identifying Factors Affecting Chat Interactions in Online Sports Viewing.

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1
Department of Knowledge Service Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.
2
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

Sports fans are able to watch games from many locations using TV services while interacting with other fans online. In this paper, we identify the factors that affect sports viewers' online interactions. Using a large-scale dataset of more than 25 million chat messages from a popular social TV site for baseball, we extract various game-related factors, and investigate the relationships between these factors and fans' interactions using a series of multiple regression analyses. As a result, we identify several factors that are significantly related to viewer interactions. In addition, we determine that the influence of these factors varies according to the user group; i.e., active vs. less active users, and loyal vs. non-loyal users.

PMID:
26849568
PMCID:
PMC4744047
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0148377
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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