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Jonathan V. LastIn their book, Hard Ball, James Quirk and Rodney Fort take the sports industry to task with a well-conceived and clearly rendered brief on the economics behind professional sports. The authors use a methodical but vigorous approach to examine the groups - the media, unions, players, owners, leagues and local politicians - that make up the pro-sports complex. … In the end, the authors blame all of pro sports' ills - from player salaries to TV contracts to sweetheart stadium deals - on monopoly. And their solution is a radical one: Like a pair of trust- busting Teddy Roosevelts, the authors would have the Department of Justice ride into the fray and carve up each of the leagues into three or four separate entities.
— Washington Times