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Sit Down and Cheer: A History of Sport on TV | [Martin Kelner]

Sit Down and Cheer: A History of Sport on TV

Television and sport is the ultimate marriage of convenience. The two circled each other warily for a while - sport anxious the sofa-bound might spurn the live product, TV reluctant in a limited-channel world to hand over too much screen time to flannelled fools and muddied oafs. But they got together, and stayed together, for the sake of the money, and now you cannot imagine one without the other. In Sit Down and Cheer Martin Kelner traces the development of this relationship from its humble origins in the 1960 Olympics, by way of the first-ever Match of the Day in 1964, right up to the high-tech gadgetry of our present-day viewing.
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Television and sport is the ultimate marriage of convenience. The two circled each other warily for a while - sport anxious the sofa-bound might spurn the live product, TV reluctant in a limited-channel world to hand over too much screen time to flannelled fools and muddied oafs. But they got together, and stayed together, for the sake of the money, and now you cannot imagine one without the other. In Sit Down and Cheer Martin Kelner traces the development of this relationship from its humble origins in the 1960 Olympics, by way of the first-ever Match of the Day in 1964, through to the financial impact of Sky, right up to the high-tech gadgetry of our present-day viewing. Insightful and very funny, this is an entertaining exploration of two major national pastimes and not to be missed.

©2012 Martin Kelner (P)2012 AudioGO

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  • Angus
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Limited in entertainment and on content"

    This is well read by Martin Kelner and entertaining in parts, but as a book it didn't feel like the comprehensive review of tv sport history I had been expecting. Some of areas of history are covered in great (too much?) depth, whilst others are skimmed over.

    There are also some glaring omissions, for example when Kelner talks about Barry Davies ignoring Davies' commentary on the 1998 men's Olympic hockey final "And where were the Germans?... But frankly who cares?" is a terrible oversight.

    Kelner's final assessment of the future of TV sport is also quite myopic, his conviction that gambling is a vital part of sport's viewing for everyone is wrong. Yes, gambling is important to a large section of the audience, but for an equally large (if not larger) section it plays no part what-so-ever in their enjoyment of sport. That Kelner seems completely oblivious to this is symptomatic of the book as a whole, interesting to a point but critically short-sighted.

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