Hard Ball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports / Edition 1

Hard Ball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports / Edition 1

by James Quirk, Rodney D. Fort
     
 

What can possibly account for the strange state of affairs in professional sports today? There are billionaire owners and millionaire players, but both groups are constantly squabbling over money. Many pro teams appear to be virtual "cash machines," generating astronomical annual revenues, but their owners seem willing to uproot them and move to any city willing to… See more details below

Overview

What can possibly account for the strange state of affairs in professional sports today? There are billionaire owners and millionaire players, but both groups are constantly squabbling over money. Many pro teams appear to be virtual "cash machines," generating astronomical annual revenues, but their owners seem willing to uproot them and move to any city willing to promise increased profits. At the same time, mayors continue to cook up "sweetheart deals" that lavish benefits on wealthy teams while imposing crushing financial hardships on cities that are already strapped with debt. To fans today, professional sports teams often look more like professional extortionists. In Hard Ball, James Quirk and Rodney Fort take on a daunting challenge: explaining exactly how things have gotten to this point and proposing a way out. The authors discuss all four major pro team sports: baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Hard Ball is filled with anecdotes, case studies, and factual information that are brought together here for the first time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691058177
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


James Quirk, until his retirement, was Professor of Economics at the California Institute of Technology. Rodney Fort is Professor of Economics at Washington State University. Together, Quirk and Fort wrote "Pay Dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Scene of the Crime3
2The Media27
3Unions49
4Players75
5Owners93
6Leagues117
7State and Local Politics139
8Breaking up that Old Gang of Mine171
Tables187
Bibliography227
Index229

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