Hard Ball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports

Princeton University Press - In fact, the real problem stems from one simple fact: pro sports are monopolies that are fully sanctioned by the U. S. To fans today, professional sports teams often look more like professional extortionists. In hard ball, james quirk and rodney Fort take on a daunting challenge: explaining exactly how things have gotten to this point and proposing a way out.

Eliminate the monopolies, say Quirk and Fort, and all problems can be solved. Quirk and fort devote chapters to the main protagonists in the pro sports saga--media, owners, unions, politicians, players, and leagues--before they offer their own prescription for correcting the ills that afflict sports today.

Hard Ball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports - Government. Their previous book, pay dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports, is widely acknowledged as the Bible of sports economics. It is essential reading for every fan. It is not money, in itself, that is the cause of today's problems, they assert. At the same time, mayors continue to cook up "sweetheart deals" that lavish benefits on wealthy teams while imposing crushing financial hardships on cities that are already strapped with debt.

Here, however, they are writing for sports fans who are trying to make sense out of the perplexing world of pro team sports. If the monopolies are allowed to persist, so will today's woes.





No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch

ForeEdge - Together, wasteful, disruptive, while providing a blueprint for citizens who seek to challenge costly, they tell Boston’s story, and risky Olympic bids in their own cities. Yet these advocates refused to share the details of their bid and only grudgingly admitted, when pressed, that their plan called for billions of dollars in construction of unneeded venues.

No boston olympics is the story of how an ad hoc, underfunded group of diverse and engaged citizens joined together to challenge and ultimately derail Boston’s boosters, the USOC, and the IOC. Foreedge. To win the bid, the public would have to guarantee taxpayer funds to cover cost overruns, which have plagued all modern Olympic Games.

No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch - . Andrew zimbalist is a world expert on the economics of sports, and the leading researcher on the hidden costs of hosting mega-events such as the Olympics and the World Cup. Chris dempsey was cochair of No Boston Olympics, the group that first voiced skepticism, demanded accountability, and catalyzed dissent.

The united states olympic committee usoc chose boston 2024’s bid over that of other American cities in January 2015―and for a time it seemed inevitable that the International Olympic Committee IOC would award the Games to Boston 2024. In 2013 and 2014, some of massachusetts’ wealthiest and most powerful individuals hatched an audacious plan to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston.

Like their counterparts in cities around the world, Boston’s Olympic boosters promised political leaders, taxpayers, and the media that the Games would deliver incalculable benefits and require little financial support from the public.





Baseball's Power Shift: How the Players Union, the Fans, and the Media Changed American Sports Culture

University of Nebraska Press - Swanson focuses on the most turbulent years, which saw the birth of the Major League Baseball Players Association as well as three strikes, Curt Flood’s challenge to the reserve clause in the Supreme Court, 1966 to 1981, two lockouts, and the emergence of full free agency. Despite the players’ desire to form a viable union, every attempt to do so failed.

Univ of Nebraska Pr. Their holdout quickly drew support from the public; for the first time, owners realized they could ill afford to alienate fans, their primary source of revenue. Baseball’s power shift chronicles the growth and development of the union movement in Major League Baseball and the key role of the press and public opinion in the players’ successes and failures in labor-management relations.

Baseball's Power Shift: How the Players Union, the Fans, and the Media Changed American Sports Culture - In the mid-1960s, star players Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale staged a joint holdout for multiyear contracts and much higher salaries. Foreedge. Swanson shows how fans and the media became key players in baseball's labor wars and paved the way for the explosive growth in the American sports economy. From major league baseball’s inception in the 1880s through World War II, team owners enjoyed monopolistic control of the industry.

To defeat the owners, the players’ union needed support from the press, and perhaps more importantly, the public. The labor consciousness of baseball players lagged behind that of workers in other industries, and the public was largely in the dark about labor practices in baseball.





Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports—and How to Fix It

Brookings Institution Press - Univ of Nebraska Pr. The issue has never been a matter of whether intercollegiate athletics belongs in higher education as an extracurricular offering. The ncaa has placed commercial success above its responsibilities to protect the academic primacy, health and well-being of college athletes and fallen into an educational, ethical, and economic crisis.

As long as intercollegiate athletics reside in the higher education environment, subordinate to their educational mission, these programs must be academically compatible with their larger institutions, and defensible from a not-for-profit organizational standpoint. Foreedge. A critical look at the tension between the larger role of the university and the commercialization of college sportsUnwinding Madness is the most comprehensive examination to date of how the NCAA has lost its way in the governance of intercollegiate athletics—and why it is incapable of achieving reform and must be replaced.

Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports—and How to Fix It - At the college level, these proposals will not diminish the revenue production capacity of sports programs but will restore academic integrity to the enterprise, provide fairer treatment of college athletes with better health protections, and restore the rights and freedoms of athletes, which have been taken away by a professionalized athletics mentality that controls the cost of its athlete labor force and overpays coaches and athletic directors.

Unwinding madness recognizes that there is no easy fix to the problems now facing college athletics. But the book does offer common sense, doable solutions that respect the rights of athletes, protects their health and well-being while delivering on the promise of a bona fide educational degree program.

Rather, the perennial challenge has been how these programs have been governed and conducted.





Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

Oxford University Press - Univ of Nebraska Pr. In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Jules Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson's crossing of baseball's color line. The anniversary issue features a new foreword by the author. Drawing on dozens of interviews with players and front office executives, and personal papers, contemporary newspaper accounts, Tygiel provides the most telling and insightful account of Jackie Robinson's influence on American baseball and society.

Examining the social and historical context of robinson's introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, Tygiel also tells the often neglected stories of other African-American players--such as Satchel Paige, and Hank Aaron--who helped transform our national pastime into an integrated game.





The Economics of Sports The Pearson Series in Economics

Routledge - May not include supplements. Foreedge. Univ of Nebraska Pr. Normal wear and tear from moderate use.





Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-Time College Sports

Princeton University Press - He assesses the economic impact of television and radio contracts and the financial rewards that come from winning major championships. As andrew zimbalist shows in this unprecedented analysis, college sports is really a massively commercialized industry based on activities that are often irrelevant and even harmful to education.

Or so its apologists would have us believe. Zimbalist also considers the relevance of antitrust laws to college sports and asks whether student athletes are ultimately exploited by the system. Zimbalist's provocative recommendations include eliminating freshman eligibility for sports, restricting coaches' access to "sneaker money" from corporations, and ending the hypocrisy about professionalism by allowing teams to employ a quota of non-students as well as to receive funding from the pro leagues.

Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-Time College Sports - He then takes us into the world of the modern student athlete, for example, encourage star athletes to abandon college for the pros, explaining the incentives that, that create such useless courses as "The Theory of Basketball, " and that lead students to ignore classes despite the astronomical odds against becoming a professional athlete.

Zimbalist discusses the economic and legal aspects of gender equity in college sports. Big-time college sports embodies the ideals of amateurism and provides an important complement to university education. Foreedge. Zimbalist combines groundbreaking empirical research and a talent for storytelling to provide a firm, factual basis for the many arguments that currently rage about the goals, incentive system, structure, history, and legal architecture of college sports.

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Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports

FT Press - Why famous coaches don't deliver better results. And yet. They have powerful incentives for making good decisions. They keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Univ of Nebraska Pr. Used book in Good Condition. You'll learn which statistics are connected to wins, and which aren't, and which statistics can and can't predict the future.

Consider: sports teams have an immense amount of detailed, quantifiable information to draw upon, more than in virtually any other industry. Foreedge. Why basketball decision-makers don't focus on the factors that really correlate with NBA success. Along the way, david berri and martin Schmidt show why a quarterback's place in the draft tells you nothing about how he'll perform in the NFL.

Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports - . Everyone sees the results of their choices, and the consequences for failure are severe. The next quantum leap beyond moneyball, because if sports teams are getting it wrong this badly, this book offers powerful new insights into all human decision-making, how do you know you're not? Sometimes the decisions that teams make are simply inexplicable.

Now, baseball, and hockey, football, two leading sports economists reveal those mistakes in basketball, and explain why sports decision-makers never seem to learn their lessons.





Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia-and Even Iraq-Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport

Bold Type Books - Univ of Nebraska Pr. The san francisco chronicle describes it as “the most intelligent book ever written about soccer. This world cup edition features new material, why that's undesirable, including a provocative examination of how soccer clubs might actually start making profits, and how soccer's never had it so good.

International bestsellernamed one of the “best books of the year” by guardian, empirical analysis and incisive, Financial Times, Slate, Independent UK, and Bloomberg NewsSoccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, witty commentary. Used book in Good Condition. Nation Books.





Operations Management: A Supply Chain Process Approach

SAGE Publications, Inc - With this in mind, wisner not only provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to operations management, but also gives attention to the important processes involved in linking firms’ operations in a supply chain environment. Joel wisner understands that today’s students will be entering a highly competitive global marketplace where two things are crucial: a solid knowledge of operations management and an understanding of the importance for organizations to integrate their operations and supply chain processes.

Nation Books. Finally, an operations management book to get excited about. Used book in Good Condition. Foreedge. Univ of Nebraska Pr. Operations management: a supply chain process approach exposes students to the exciting and ever-changing world of operations management through dynamic writing, application, and cutting-edge examples that will keep students interested and instructors inspired! Author Dr.





Unpaid Professionals

Princeton University Press - Univ of Nebraska Pr. Foreedge. Zimbalist combines groundbreaking empirical research and a talent for storytelling to provide a firm, factual basis for the many arguments that currently rage about the goals, incentive system, history, structure, and legal architecture of college sports. Zimbalist also considers the relevance of antitrust laws to college sports and asks whether student athletes are ultimately exploited by the system.

Zimbalist's provocative recommendations include eliminating freshman eligibility for sports, restricting coaches' access to "sneaker money" from corporations, and ending the hypocrisy about professionalism by allowing teams to employ a quota of non-students as well as to receive funding from the pro leagues.

Unpaid Professionals - As andrew zimbalist shows in this unprecedented analysis, college sports is really a massively commercialized industry based on activities that are often irrelevant and even harmful to education. A mixture of lively anecdotes, cogent arguments, hard economic data, and clear analysis, Unpaid Professionals will revitalize debate about a subject close to the hearts and minds of millions of Americans.

Zimbalist begins by showing that today's problems are nothing new--that schools have been consumed for more than a century by debates about cheating, commercialism, and the erosion of academic standards. He then takes us into the world of the modern student athlete, that create such useless courses as "The Theory of Basketball, for example, explaining the incentives that, encourage star athletes to abandon college for the pros, " and that lead students to ignore classes despite the astronomical odds against becoming a professional athlete.

He examines the often harmful effects of corporate sponsorship and shows that, despite such sponsorship, most schools run their athletic programs at a loss. Zimbalist discusses the economic and legal aspects of gender equity in college sports.