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Television Sports Production, 5th Edition by Jim Owens

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Chapter 18Milestones in Sports Broadcasting

July 12, 1928: Although some sources list tennis as being televised as the first sport on television, they were actually only images of a tennis player hitting a ball. It was not really a sports event.

February 17, 1931: The first closed-circuit telecast of a sporting event was a baseball game played by the Waseda University baseball club. The images were not seen by the public and were transmitted directly to the Electrical Laboratory at Waseda University in Tokyo (see Figure 18.2).

Television, What’s in a Name?

In the early 1920s, it was called visual listening, audiovision, telectroscopy, telephonoscope, raduo, electric vision, and radiovision. Finally, television seemed to be the name everyone ...

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