A History of Sports Highlights: Replayed Plays from Edison by Raymond Gamache

By Raymond Gamache

This e-book lines 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 complicated relationships between media manufacturers, activities leagues and agencies, and audiences, and explains that sportscast highlights aren't a contemporary improvement, given their admired use inside a information context in each medium from early information movie actualities and newsreels to community and cable tv to latest new media systems.

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Although Vitagraph’s pirated version was copyrighted the next day by James H. White as The Battle of Jeffries and Sharkey for Championship of the World, the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company launched vigorous legal and publicity campaigns to prevent exhibition of the pirated film. ”65 A similar amount was offered to Lubin, although he countered by offering $10,000 to anybody who could prove his reproduction was not copyrighted. Lubin offered both a 15- to 20-minute version of the entire fight, and a six-round highlight film.

Although the social hierarchy did not allow a black heavyweight champion, film played an important role in creating a space where black athletes demonstrated their talents. The camera captured these performers without cultural preconceptions. , Etta Duryea 1909; Lucille Cameron 1912), Johnson was cast as a threatening menace to the ideology of race. Even before Johnson won the heavyweight championship, the news of a black boxer defeating a white sparked considerable violence. As the telegraphed returns of the 1906 fight between Gans and Nelson were read at various sites, the furor of a black boxer beating a white fighter erupted in street violence.

The Lathams attempted to arrange a bout that featured heavyweight champion Jim Cor- 28 A HISTORY OF SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS bett. After winning the heavyweight championship from John L. Sullivan in 1892, Corbett had not defended his title and fought only one exhibition against British champion Charlie Mitchell in January 1894. Speculation swirled that Corbett would fight Peter Jackson of the British West Indies, but nothing came of that, in part because Corbett, like Sullivan, had promised not to break the color line and fight a black fighter for the championship.

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