George Kasap

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Dunn, J. H.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education


Football; Television broadcasting of sports


Problem. It was the purpose of this study to record a history of the past events concerning television in American college football. Method and Procedures. The method used in this work involved three major steps. 1. The data were collected from secondary sources obtained through various associations. Chief among these were the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Television Committee, National Opinion Research Center (NORC), and the National Collegiate Athletic Bureau (NCAB). 2. The data were criticized both externally and internally (external--authorship, time, place and genuineness of data; internal--accuracy and credibility of statements made). 3. The data were divided into a chronological and topical pattern. Findings. The years 1946-47 were considered the pretelevision era. The significant events in the development of television in college football in the following years are listed briefly as follows: 1948-49. There was unrestricted television coverage during that period. 1950-51. Heavy attendance losses were noted during that period. The NCAA, plan for controlled telecasting was Initiated. The plan permitted televising of only nineteen games during the entire season. Each television area was allowed one telecast a week and total blackouts in certain areas on particular Saturdays were established. 1952-53. Results of the NCAA plan became apparent during this period. The NCRC reported the restrictions on televising games probably saved approximately a ten per cent loss in attendance in television areas. Four regional and twelve national telecasts were introduced. 1954-55. Television ownership was nearing universality and the NCAA plan of control was proving successful. Thirteen national and five regional telecasts were permitted.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [47]-50)


viii, 50 pages




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