Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums

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The authors provide an eye-opening account of recent battles over publicly financed stadiums in some of America’s largest cities. Their interviews with the key decision makers present a behind-the-scenes look at how and why powerful individuals and organizations foist these sports palaces on increasingly unreceptive communities.

 Delaney and Eckstein show that in the face of studies demonstrating that new sports facilities don’t live up to their promise of big money, proponents are using a new tactic to win ...

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Overview

The authors provide an eye-opening account of recent battles over publicly financed stadiums in some of America’s largest cities. Their interviews with the key decision makers present a behind-the-scenes look at how and why powerful individuals and organizations foist these sports palaces on increasingly unreceptive communities.

 Delaney and Eckstein show that in the face of studies demonstrating that new sports facilities don’t live up to their promise of big money, proponents are using a new tactic to win public subsidies¾intangible “social” rewards, such as prestige and community cohesion. The authors find these to be empty promises as well, demonstrating that new stadiums may exacerbate, rather than erase, social problems in cities.

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Editorial Reviews

Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University

"Public Dollars, Private Stadiums helps us understand the political processes involved in using public money for new sports stadiums. It is a must read for anyone interested in this important new issue."

— Richard E. Lapchick

Los Angeles Times columnist
Every time you hear a politician or millionaire sports mogul start to promote the benefits of building a brand-spanking new stadium, your immediate reaction, as a taxpayer, should be to watch your wallet. This revealing, dead-on investigation of the modern-day sports stadium boondoggle and its often-devastating impact on American cities is an essential read for anyone, sports fan or not, who wants to avoid getting fleeced.
— Steve Lopez,
Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University - Richard E. Lapchick

"Public Dollars, Private Stadiums helps us understand the political processes involved in using public money for new sports stadiums. It is a must read for anyone interested in this important new issue."
author of Mission Improbable: Using Fantasy Documents to Tame Disaster - Lee Clarke

"This book is readable and smart . . . Kevin Delaney and Rick Eckstein show how conflicts over sports subsidies are emblematic of the kinds of power relationships that prevail in each community."
Los Angeles Times columnist - Steve Lopez

"Every time you hear a politician or millionaire sports mogul start to promote the benefits of building a brand-spanking new stadium, your immediate reaction, as a taxpayer, should be to watch your wallet. This revealing, dead-on investigation of the modern-day sports stadium boondoggle and its often-devastating impact on American cities is an essential read for anyone, sports fan or not, who wants to avoid getting fleeced."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813533421
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 248
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Local Growth Coalitions and Publicly Funded Stadiums 7
2 Strategies for Building Private Stadiums with Public Dollars 21
3 Cincinnati: Queen City of Local Growth Coalitions 43
4 Cleveland: The Comeback Growth Coalition 65
5 Minneapolis and Hartford: Declining Local Growth Coalitions 85
6 Denver, Phoenix, and San Diego: Nascent Growth Coalitions on the Frontier 105
7 Pittsburgh and Philadelphia: Strong versus Weak Local Growth Coalitions 155
8 Public Dollars, Private Stadiums, and Democracy 183
App Methodology 205
Notes 211
Bibliography 217
Index 221
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