Film & History 2013 Conference
Making Movie$: The Figure of Money On and Off the Screen

"Show Me The Money!":
The Economics of Sports on Film

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

Sports films—tales of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat—speak to audiences of underdogs and everyday heroes, pain and loss, personal bests and national identities. Not simply focused on athletic competition, they deliver adventure, romance, and historical drama, as well, moving across genres to include dramas such as The Blind Side, Seabiscuit, Remember the Titans, and Million Dollar Baby, and comedies such as The Longest Yard (2005), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Blades of Glory, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Each of these films has crossed the $100 million domestic standard for blockbusters. 42, on the career of baseball great Jackie Robinson, is already one of the top grossing films of the year. From basketball to bobsledding, the production, distribution, and consumption of sports films is not only a significant component of our cinematic culture, but of our cinematic economy, as well.

This area, which will be composed of multiple panels, seeks papers that explore the economies of sports films, on- and off-screen. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Proposals for complete panels (three of four related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an email address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see:

Please send submissions or queries to the area chair:

Zachary Ingle
Department of Film and Media Studies
University of Kansas

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