WSU researchers want to hear your thoughts

TWO WASHINGTON STATE University faculty members, who also happen to be huge sports fans, are asking the Cougar faithful for assistance in research they're doing on college football and basketball fans and their posting habits on message boards. has agreed to lend them a hand. Kent Marett and K.D. Joshi, assistant and associate professors, respectively, in WSU's College of Business and Economics, are conducting a survey to gather insights into your attitudes, needs and interests.

"With heartfelt appreciation, we're asking everyone who vists any of the message boards to take our survey," says Marrett. "It will probably take about 10 minutes to complete. Whether you post messages or just read them, we want to hear from you."

The aim of the survey is to determine what moves college sports fans to action, what attracts their interests and what motivates them. "We think this might lend itself to broader insights about how businesses use the Web and intereact with customers," Marett says.

At the completion of the research, a summary of the survey will be posted on

"Please understand that your answers are completely ANONYMOUS and CONFIDENTIAL," he says, noting that the project was reviewed and approved by the WSU's Institutional Review Board.

"Your participation is considered voluntary. Even if you agree to participate, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time by simply exiting from the Web," he says. "We really appreciate people taking the time and effort and thank them in advance for helping out their alma mater."

Please click on this link to participate: Survey of WSU Sports Fans

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