A History of Sports Highlights: Replayed Plays from Edison to ESPN

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McFarland, Jun 11, 2010 - Performing Arts - 255 pages
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This book traces the development and popularity of the sportscast highlight—the dominant news frame in the crowded medium of electronic sports journalism—as the primary means of communicating about sports and athletes. It explores the intricate relationships among media producers, sports leagues and organizations, and audiences, and explains that sportscast highlights are not a recent development, given their prominent use within a news context in every medium from early news film actualities and newsreels to network and cable television to today’s new media platforms.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
7
1 Knockout Rounds and Rounding Marks
19
2 The Habit of Highlights
49
3 Bad Habits
67
4 A Dream of Carnage and the Electronic Monster
82
5 The Agony and the Ecstasy of Communication
104
6 Sports Junkies Junk Journalism and Cathode Ray Sterilization
129
7 The Little Shop of Highlights
155
8 The Real Virtuality for an Audience of One
176
9 Highlights and History
198
Chapter Notes
211
Selected Bibliography
225
Index
237
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Ray Gamache has taught journalism for more than twenty years. His articles have been published in published in American Journalism, the Journal of Sport Media, and Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, among others.

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