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Games Are Not the Same: The Political Economy of Football in Australia, The

Imprint: Carlton, Vic.; Melbourne University Press; 2007Extent: v, 361 p.ISBN: 9780522853667Publication Type: MonographSubjects: Arts; History; Recreational & performing arts (includes sport); Modern history

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection

Abstract: Australians are intensely proud of their sporting traditions, and have always had a passion for football in its various forms: Australian football, rugby league, rugby union and soccer. But how does a nation of only 21 million people sustain the viability of four football codes at the professional level? The Games are not the Same provides a detailed analysis of each code's commercial evolution, including a discussion of the ways in which major incidents and turning points impacted on clubs, players and fans. It not only highlights what and when things happened but also provides a conceptual framework that locates the incidents and turning points within a specific context, and breaks down their progress into discrete periods, culminating in predictions about their future progress.

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