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Center field shot : a history of baseball on television

Author: James Robert Walker; Robert V Bellamy
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Center Field Shot traces a sometimes contentious but mutually beneficial relationship from the first televised game in 1939 to the new era of Internet broadcasts, satellite radio, and high-definition tv, considered from the perspective of businessmen collecting merchandising fees and advertising rights, franchise owners with ever more money to spend on talent, and broadcasters trying to present a game long  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walker, James R.
Center field shot.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)608726388
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Robert Walker; Robert V Bellamy
ISBN: 9780803248250 0803248253
OCLC Number: 174112698
Description: xxi, 379 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The experimental years --
The first seasons of televised baseball --
Team approaches to television in the broadcast era --
Televising the world series --
Origins of the game of the week --
The national television package, 1966-89 --
National broadcasts in the cable era --
The pay television era --
Television as threat, television as savior --
Television and the "death" of the golden age minors --
Baseball, television, Congress, and the law --
Baseball and television synergy --
The announcer in the television age --
Innovations in production practices --
Epilogue : Baseball in the advanced media age --
Appendix A : Televised baseball games, 1949-81.
Responsibility: James R. Walker and Robert V. Bellamy Jr.

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The medium of television exposed baseball to a national audience; altered the financial picture for teams, owners, and players; and changed the way Americans followed the game. This book explores  Read more...
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"Center Field Shot is a winner. It's smart, crisply written, and packed with eye-opening research and analysis. I learned something new on every page. Turn off the TV and start reading. I guarantee Read more...

 
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