By Raymond Gamache
This ebook strains the improvement and recognition of the sportscast highlight--the dominant information body within the crowded medium of digital activities journalism--as the first technique of speaking approximately activities and athletes. It explores the tricky relationships between media manufacturers, activities leagues and agencies, and audiences, and explains that sportscast highlights aren't a up to date improvement, given their fashionable use inside of a information context in each medium from early information movie actualities and newsreels to community and cable tv to contemporary new media systems.
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Press coverage of the heavyweight championship ﬁght was extensive. ”16 The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that “now men travel to great boxing contests in vestibule limited trains; they sleep at the best hotels ... ”17 The Times Democrat noted that New Orleans was packed “with visitors of all classes, from the millionaire to the baker to the fakir. ”19 On top of the Pulitzer Building in New York, a red beacon was poised to signal when the ﬁght went Sullivan’s way or a white one for Corbett. The national information network of telegraph, telephone and newspaper communication provided instantaneous results of the ﬁght.
Both ﬁlms were framed by editorial decisions about composition, and since a 50-foot strip “showing the start and ﬁnish and weighing-out as above”50 was also available, the process of selecting and editing to create highlights of the event was certainly accomplished. 51 The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight Film When Bob Fitzsimmons knocked out Jim Corbett in Carson City, Nevada, on March 17, 1897, to win the heavyweight championship of the world, three hand-cranked cameras loaded with thousands of feet of ﬁlm were situated at ringside in a specially designed wooden house to capture the entire spectacle.
Arguably, the race’s ﬁnish constituted the most important part of the race and the most natural part to capture on the 150 feet of ﬁlm shot (approximately one minute), although it was not the only portion of the race captured. This testiﬁed to a deliberate, conscious decision on the part of the producers — James White and Raff & Gammon — to guarantee that cameraman Heise captured highlights of the race. ”49 The team of White and Heise also shot the 1897 Suburban Handicap at the Sheepshead Bay track of the Coney Island Jockey Club.
A History of Sports Highlights: Replayed Plays from Edison to ESPN by Raymond Gamache