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Home Team: Professional Sports and the American Metropolis
     

Home Team: Professional Sports and the American Metropolis

by Michael N. Danielson
 

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ISBN-10: 0691070644

ISBN-13: 9780691070643

Pub. Date: 01/15/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Most books that study professional sports concentrate on teams and leagues. In contrast, Home Team studies the connections between professional team sports in North America and the places where teams play. It examines the relationships between the four major professional team sports—baseball, basketball, football, and hockey—and the cities that

Overview

Most books that study professional sports concentrate on teams and leagues. In contrast, Home Team studies the connections between professional team sports in North America and the places where teams play. It examines the relationships between the four major professional team sports—baseball, basketball, football, and hockey—and the cities that attach their names, their hearts, and their increasing amount of tax dollars to big league teams. From the names on their uniforms to the loyalties of their fans, teams are tied to the places in which they play. Nonetheless, teams, like other urban businesses, are affected by changes in their environments—like the flight of their customers to suburbs and changes in local political climates. In Home Team, professional sports are scrutinized in the larger context of the metropolitan areas that surround and support them.

Michael Danielson is particularly interested in the political aspects of the connections between professional sports teams and cities. He points out that local and state governments are now major players in the competition for franchises, providing increasingly lavish publicly funded facilities for what are, in fact, private business ventures. As a result, professional sports enterprises, which have insisted that private leagues rather than public laws be the proper means of regulating games, have become powerful political players, seeking additional benefits from government, often playing off one city against another. The wide variety of governmental responses reflects the enormous diversity of urban and state politics in the United States and in the Canadian cities and provinces that host professional teams.

Home Team collects a vast amount of data, much of it difficult to find elsewhere, including information on the relocation of franchises, expansion teams, new leagues, stadium development, and the political influence of the rich cast of characters involved in the ongoing contests over where teams will play and who will pay. Everyone who is interested in the present condition and future prospects of professional sports will be captivated by this informative and provocative new book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691070643
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/15/2001
Edition description:
With a New preface by the author
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Ch. 1Places to Play3
Ch. 2Urban Games19
Ch. 3Market Tests36
Ch. 4Private Businesses51
Ch. 5Business Partners68
Ch. 6Teams in Leagues83
Ch. 7Big League Cities102
Ch. 8Competing for Teams117
Ch. 9Changing Places134
Ch. 10Playing for Keeps152
Ch. 11The Expanding Realm169
Ch. 12Making the Cut185
Ch. 13Back Door Play202
Ch. 14Ballpark Figures218
Ch. 15Newer, Bigger, Better235
Ch. 16Political Players253
Ch. 17Political Contests272
Ch. 18Private Games and Public Stakes287
Appendix: Places and Team Names307
Notes323
Note on Sources257
Index379

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