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Fan Bases in Professional Baseball and Football
Topic of UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association Presentation

RELEASED: Aug. 21, 2006

'Let's Do Lunch!' graphicEAU CLAIRE — Research on contemporary patterns of fan bases and markets in professional baseball and football will be the topic of an Aug. 30 luncheon presentation hosted by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association. Dr. Timothy Bawden, assistant professor of geography and anthropology at UW-Eau Claire, will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Sweetwaters restaurant. Bawden's talk, titled "The Geography of Professional Baseball and Football Fans," is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" series.

"The research indicates there are a lot of factors that affect the fan base," said Bawden. "In the words of the great Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi 'winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.' Success is important, but we found that there are many other reasons that fans rally around their team, and it is handed down through generations."

Bawden received his bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh and his master's and doctoral degrees from UW-Madison. He has broad research and writing interests in addition to contemporary patterns of professional sports, including immigration and ethnicity, the evolution of outdoor recreation and environmental history in the United States.

The results of his research on sports fan bases and markets has been presented at international conferences and featured in major trade publications, including a poster in a forthcoming edition of the German magazine "Geographische Rundschau." Closer to home, he is the principal research investigator of the "Cultural Atlas of Wisconsin."

Upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" speakers, dates and topics include Dr. Justin Patchin, UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of political science, Sept. 27: "Cyberbullying Among Adolescents: What Parents Need to Know"; and Dr. Douglas Dunham, director of UW-Eau Claire's Material Science Center, Oct. 25: "Nanotechnology: The Reality Behind the Hype."

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information

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