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The fifty-year seduction : how television manipulated college football, from the birth of the modern NCAA to the creation of the BCS

Author: Keith Dunnavant
Publisher: New York : T. Dunne Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"For more than a half century, television has played a primary role in securing college football's place as one of America's most popular spectator sports. But it has also been the common denominator in the sport's rise as a big business. Television, which multiplied the number of people who cared about the game, simultaneously increased the stakes." "The colleges, who once feared television's ability to create free  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Dunnavant
ISBN: 031232345X 9780312323455
OCLC Number: 56108413
Description: xvi, 281 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: The big bluff --
In his image --
The big bang --
Two envelopes --
Power and influence --
Assets and liabilities --
Bowling for dollars --
Major frustrations --
Calling the bluff --
Civil war --
The defiant one --
America's team --
Musical chairs --
The BCS.
Responsibility: Keith Dunnavant.
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"For more than a half century, television has played a primary role in securing college football's place as one of America's most popular spectator sports. But it has also been the common denominator in the sport's rise as a big business. Television, which multiplied the number of people who cared about the game, simultaneously increased the stakes." "The colleges, who once feared television's ability to create free tickets, gradually became addicted to its charms. Through the years, the medium manufactured money, greed, dependence, and envy; altered the recruiting process, eventually forcing the colleges to compete with the irresistible force of National Football League riches; aided the National Collegiate Athletic Association's explosion from impotent union to massive bureaucracy; manipulated the rise and fall of the College Football Association; fomented the realignment of conferences; and seized control of the post-season bowl games, including the formation of the lucrative and controversial Bowl Championship Series." "In The Fifty-Year Seduction, Keith Dunnavant shows how television helped shape the modern sport - on and off the field. In painstaking detail, the author chronicles five decades of tension and conflict, from the 1951 television dispute that empowered the modern NCAA to the inevitable backlash, culminating with the landmark Supreme Court decision that set the stage for the conference-swapping machinations of the 1990s and beyond."--Jacket.

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