Major League Baseball is a beloved American institution that has been a product of the economic, social, and media structures that have evolved in the United States over the last century. In his shrewd analysis, Will Big League Baseball Survive?, Lincoln Mitchell asks whether the sport will continue in its current form as a huge, lucrative global business that offers a monopoly in North America—and whether those structures are sustainable.
Mitchell places baseball in the context of the larger, evolving American and global entertainment sector. He examines how both changes directly related to baseball—including youth sports and the increased globalization of the game—as well as broader societal trends such as developments in media consumption and celebrity culture will impact big league baseball over the next few decades.
His book ultimately proposes several possible scenarios for what big league baseball might look like. Will it become more global, smaller, or remain the same, or will it transform into some kind of hybrid of the three?
|Publisher:||Temple University Press|
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About the Author
Lincoln A. Mitchell is a scholar and writer based in New York City. He was on the faculty of Columbia University for many years and is now the national political correspondent for the New York Observer. Visit him online at www.lincolnmitchell.com.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Future of Big League Baseball ix
1 The Selig Years 1
2 Lefty, Josh, the Barnstormers, and Branch 19
3 Gia, Bert, and Masanori 48
4 The Eternal and Ever-Changing Game 75
5 John Rocker and Russ Hodges 109
6 Dirty Kurt and Bam Bam 141
7 Joaquin Andujar 172