Pay Dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports / Edition 1

Pay Dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports / Edition 1

by James Quirk, Rodney D. Fort
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691015740

ISBN-13: 9780691015743

Pub. Date: 03/17/1997

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Why would a Japanese millionaire want to buy the Seattle Mariners baseball team, when he has admitted that he has never played in or even seen a baseball game? Cash is the answer: major league baseball, like professional football, basketball, and hockey, is now big business with the potential to bring millions of dollars in profits to owners. Not very long ago,

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Why would a Japanese millionaire want to buy the Seattle Mariners baseball team, when he has admitted that he has never played in or even seen a baseball game? Cash is the answer: major league baseball, like professional football, basketball, and hockey, is now big business with the potential to bring millions of dollars in profits to owners. Not very long ago, however, buying a sports franchise was a hazardous investment risked only by die-hard fans wealthy enough to lose parts of fortunes made in other businesses. What forces have changed team ownership from sports-fan folly to big-business savvy? Why has The Wall Street Journal become popular reading in pro sports locker rooms? And why are sports pages now dominated by economic clashes between owners and players, cities with franchises and cities without them, leagues and players' unions, and team lawyers and players' lawyers? In answering these questions, James Quirk and Rodney Fort have written the most complete book on the business and economics of professional sports, past and present.

Pay Dirt offers a wealth of information and analysis on the reserve clause, salary determination, competitive balance in sports leagues, the market for franchises, tax sheltering, arenas and stadiums, and rival leagues. The authors present an abundance of historical material, much of it new, including team ownership histories and data on attendance, TV revenue, stadium and arena contracts, and revenues and costs. League histories, team statistics, stories about players and owners, and sports lore of all kinds embellish the work. Quirk and Fort are writing for anyone interested in sports in the 1990s: players, players' agents, general managers, sportswriters, and, most of all, sports fans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691015743
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/17/1997
Edition description:
UPDATED
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.47(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The Market for Sports Franchises23
Ch. 3Taxes, Taxes, and More Taxes88
Ch. 4Stadiums and Arenas125
Ch. 5The Reserve Clause and Antitrust Laws179
Ch. 6Why Do Pro Athletes Make So Much Money?209
Ch. 7Competitive Balance in Sports Leagues240
Ch. 8Rival Leagues and League Expansion: Baseball, Basketball, and Hockey294
Ch. 9Rival Leagues: The Great Football Wars333
Postscript363
Appendix to Chapter 3366
Appendix to Chapter 6369
Appendix to Chapter 8374
Data Supplement377
Ownership Histories378
Attendance Records479
Radio and Television Income505
Bibliography513
Index of Names531
Index of Court Cases538

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