Home Team: Professional Sports and the American Metropolis

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Overview

"The author's analysis is first-rate. Experts and general readers will learn quite a bit from this book."—Steven Riess, author of City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports

"Danielson brings to this book a life-long interest in sports as a dedicated fan. Drawing upon insights from economics, political science, and urban studies, as well as popular sports literature and business history, the author provides an account that will inform and entertain all readers interested in the phenomenon of professional teams."—James Quirk, author of Pay Dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelpia Inquirer

Fascinating historical evidence presented in a fluid writing style.
— John R. Thelin
Newsweek - Frank Deford
It will be the authority on the subject for a long time coming.
New Statesman - Albert Scardino
Danielson examines every side of the business of sport, from ceilings on player salaries to leases on grounds, to cable TV rights. . . . [His] account . . . could not be more timely or relevant.
Philadelphia Inquirer - John R. Thelin
Fascinating historical evidence presented in a fluid writing style.
Chicago Tribune - Allen Barra
Danielson has ingested an enormous amount of information and come up with some interesting observations.
From the Publisher
"It will be the authority on the subject for a long time coming."—Frank Deford, Newsweek

"In America, a professional sports team tends to play a big part in the emotional life of its host city; it nearly broke New York's heart when the city's beloved Brooklyn Dodgers threw it over for L.A. Michael Danielson knows all about home-team loyalty; growing up in Brooklyn in the '50s, the Dodgers were his first love. In this book, he combines that personal interest with a professional one in urban politics."—
Washington Post Book World

"Danielson examines every side of the business of sport, from ceilings on player salaries to leases on grounds, to cable TV rights. . . . [His] account . . . could not be more timely or relevant."—Albert Scardino, New Statesman

"Fascinating historical evidence presented in a fluid writing style."—John R. Thelin, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Danielson has ingested an enormous amount of information and come up with some interesting observations."—Allen Barra, Chicago Tribune

Newsweek
It will be the authority on the subject for a long time coming.
— Frank Deford
Washington Post Book World
In America, a professional sports team tends to play a big part in the emotional life of its host city; it nearly broke New York's heart when the city's beloved Brooklyn Dodgers threw it over for L.A. Michael Danielson knows all about home-team loyalty; growing up in Brooklyn in the '50s, the Dodgers were his first love. In this book, he combines that personal interest with a professional one in urban politics.
New Statesman
Danielson examines every side of the business of sport, from ceilings on player salaries to leases on grounds, to cable TV rights. . . . [His] account . . . could not be more timely or relevant.
— Albert Scardino
Philadelphia Inquirer
Fascinating historical evidence presented in a fluid writing style.
— John R. Thelin
Chicago Tribune
Danielson has ingested an enormous amount of information and come up with some interesting observations.
— Allen Barra
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars each came within a game of Super Bowl XXXI earlier this year, observers of the National Football League speculated that the two-year-old clubs benefited from an overly generous draft system. Not coincidentally, both teams also faced an all-out support blitz from local fans and political leaders. The relationship between professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey and the cities in which those sports are played is the focus of this academic and only occasionally intriguing book. Danielson's source material often is dated, but the professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University redeems himself by offering details of Major League baseball's projected 1998 expansion and stories behind other sports' recent expansion teams. Danielson makes some mistakes that color the book, like persistently calling the Carolina's Panthers the Cougars, the name of that state's American Basketball Association teamdefunct for 25 years. Don't look here for juicy insider info that will make die-hard fans sit still for several hundred pages of textbook-like writing, detailed source notes and an appendix of every home-team city in the United States and Canada since 1871. Danielson (Profits and Politics in Paradise: The Development of Hilton Head Island) fails to offer more than a handful of compelling arguments and takes a hands-off approach to reporting such business of sport as shared revenues, salary caps, competition for teams, relocation strategies and television rights. The athletes themselves don't even matter here. But despite its faults, Home Team has the power to agitate thinking sports fans with its overwhelming message that dollars and cents mean more to professional sports today than do home runs, touchdowns, goals and free throws. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691070643
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2001
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Preface
Ch. 1 Places to Play 3
Ch. 2 Urban Games 19
Ch. 3 Market Tests 36
Ch. 4 Private Businesses 51
Ch. 5 Business Partners 68
Ch. 6 Teams in Leagues 83
Ch. 7 Big League Cities 102
Ch. 8 Competing for Teams 117
Ch. 9 Changing Places 134
Ch. 10 Playing for Keeps 152
Ch. 11 The Expanding Realm 169
Ch. 12 Making the Cut 185
Ch. 13 Back Door Play 202
Ch. 14 Ballpark Figures 218
Ch. 15 Newer, Bigger, Better 235
Ch. 16 Political Players 253
Ch. 17 Political Contests 272
Ch. 18 Private Games and Public Stakes 287
Appendix: Places and Team Names 307
Notes 323
Note on Sources 257
Index 379
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