The Madness of March: Bonding and Betting with the Boys in Las Vegas

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 228 pages
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Every spring, the first four days of the NCAA men s basketball tournament attracts a horde of basketball bettors to Las Vegas. From the tip-off of the tournament s first game on Thursday morning to the final whistle on Sunday, throngs of bettors overwhelmingly male sit in smoky casinos obsessively watching as many as forty-eight college basketball games. This book immerses readers in that action. In The Madness of March: Bonding and Betting with the Boys in Las Vegas, Alan Jay Zaremba travels to The Strip and gives us a front-row view of the betting culture that surrounds the frenzied first weekend of the tournament. Alternating between humorous accounts of gamblers exploits and cultural theories on sports in society, Zaremba provides an engaging analysis of the sporting ritual that such gambling has become. With forays into the history of the tournament, the background of sports betting, and a little betting of his own, Zaremba raises the question of whether this subculture of March Madness is a blessing or a curse and what, finally, it all means.
 

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Contents

Tuesday Night March 13 2007
1
Wednesday March 14 2007
9
Thursday March 15 2007
45
Friday March 16 2007
83
Saturday March 17 2007
131
Sunday March 18 2007
173
Epilogue
211
Acknowledgments
221
Glossary
225
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Alan Jay Zaremba received his BA from the University of Albany and PhD from the University of Buffalo. He is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Curricula and Research in the College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Zaremba was the keynote speaker at the Eighth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organisations. Also by Alan Jay Zaremba:
- "Mass Communication and International Politics
"- "Management in a New Key: Communication in the Modern Organization
"- "Organizational Communication: Foundations for Business and Collaboration"
- "Speaking Professionally: A Concise Guide

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