Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime

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Basic Books, 1994 - Business & Economics - 298 pages
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Baseball is only a game...a game that is the beneficiary of public subsidies worth tens of millions of dollars annually...where team revenue averages nearly $60 million annually ...where players' salaries average over a million dollars a year. Until now the business of baseball has been run with a degree of secrecy international intelligence agencies would envy. To get the facts about income and operations assembled in this book, Andrew Zimbalist has probed, dug, scraped, and begged for information from owners, players, and politicians. The result is an eye-opening account of greed, abuse of the public trust, and poor management that threaten the future of the game. Yet solutions are within our grasp, Zimbalist maintains.
  

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User Review  - flexatone - LibraryThing

Zimbalist has done a dazzling amount of great research, but he writes in a sort of purplish manner. It's not Freakonomics, but if you're a baseball fan, the research is quite interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan - Goodreads

Zimbalist writes as if he hasn't read any IO since 1970. Read full review

Contents

Baseballs Barons
29
Franchise Finances
47
Player Performance and Salaries
75
The Minors
105
The Metropoli
123
The Media
147
The Future
167
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Andrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. An award-winning writer, media commentator, and consultant in the sports industry, Zimbalist has worked with players' unions, cities, owners, and leagues.

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