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By Rob Steen

Shortlisted for the William Hill activities publication of the 12 months Award 2014

Spectator activity resides, respiring, continuous theatre for all.

Focusing on spectator activities and their accompanying concerns, tracing their origins, evolution and impression, contained in the strains and past the boundary, this ebook bargains a thematic background recreation and the materials that magnetise thousands round the globe.

It tells the tales that subject: from the gladiators of Rome to the runners of Rift Valley through the innovator-missionaries of Rugby university; from multi-faceted British exports to the Americanisation of professionalism and the Indianisation of cricket. Rob Steen lines the improvement of those activities which captivate the turnstile hundreds of thousands and the mouse-clicking plenty, addressing their key issues and commonalities, from production myths to check solving through race, politics, sexuality and internationalism.

Insightful and revelatory, this is often an unique exploration of spectator sports' intrinsic position in tradition and the way recreation imitates life—and existence imitates game.

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Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport

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After Ohio’s Portsmouth Spartans performed as an independent professional football team in 1929, the Portsmouth NFL Corporation sold $25,000 of stock to investors so that the Spartans could enter the league in 1930. Nevertheless, despite excellent regular seasons in 1931 –32, the club declared itself bankrupt in 1933. One year later, executive George Richardson bought the franchise from the team’s owners for $15,000 and moved it to a large sports market in southeast Michigan where the club was renamed Detroit Lions.

Therefore, in 1939, the league’s ten teams included five of the 27 that had their first seasons in years after 1920. In other words, 50 percent of the NFL members consisted of expansion franchises, another four moved from sites in other cities, and the Chicago Cardinals began to perform in 1920 as an original member of the APFA. Consequently, this distribution of ten franchises indicates, in part, that the NFL had stabilized its operations and attained some form of market equilibrium with the number and location of its teams after existing as a league for 20 years.

This, in turn, caused the league to allow the existence of a new franchise at a stadium in Dallas. Even so, Marshall’s resistance resulted in a bitter rivalry in regular season and postseason games between the Redskins and its adversary in north Texas. Executives Clint Murchison and Bedford Wynne paid the NFL a fee of $600,000 in 1960 for the right to own and operate a new franchise in Texas. To that end, these men made a number of shrewd management decisions. One, they hired Tex Schramm as general manager, Gil Brandt as director of player personnel, and Tom Landry as head coach of this franchise.

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