Sports Management Researcher, Former Olympics Committee Employee, Available to Comment on Rio Games

Dittmore one of only a few U.S. faculty researchers who has worked for the Olympic Organizing Committee.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Stephen Dittmore, associate professor of recreation and sports management at the University of Arkansas, is available to comment on sports media and communication at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio.

As one of only a few faculty researchers in the United State who has experience as an employee of the Olympic Organizing Committee, Dittmore can discuss issues related to organization of the games, such as facilities, financing, size and scope, and the transportation of athletes.

Dittmore served on the communications staff for the summer games in Atlanta in 1996 and winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002. He has made presentations at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, and to the Torino, Italy, organizing committee.

Dittmore spent 12 years working in sport public relations and has worked at sports events in 10 different countries. He is co-author of the leading textbook in the field, Sport Public Relations: Managing stakeholder communication. He has also published on issues related to sport media, including copyright, the use of blogs and twitter to build team support, and sport celebrity and endorsements.


CONTACTS: Stephen Dittmore, associate professor, Recreation and Sports ManagementCollege of Education and Health Professions479-575-6625, [email protected]

Matt McGowan, science and research communications officerUniversity Relations479-575-4246 (office) or 479-856-2177 (mobile), [email protected]