Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 20, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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A THOUGHT-PROVOKING LOOK AT THE BIG BUSINESS AND IMMORAL PRACTICES BEHIND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS BY ACCLAIMED SPORTSWRITER DAVE ZIRIN, HAILED AS THE “CONSCIENCE OF AMERICAN SPORTSWRITING” (THE WASHINGTON POST )

The fastest-growing sector of today’s sports audience is the alienated fan. Complaints abound: from inflated ticket prices, $6 hot dogs, and $9 beers to owners endlessly demanding new multimillion-dollar stadiums funded by public tax dollars. Those sitting in the owners’ boxes are increasingly placing profit over players’ performances and fan loyalty. Bad Sports cuts through the hype and bombast to zero in on tales of abusive, dictatorial owners who move their teams thousands of miles away from their fan base, use their stadiums as religious and political platforms, or hold communities ransom for millions of dollars of taxpayer money to fund their gargantuan stadiums.

As the multibillion-dollar sports-industrial complex continues to lumber along, Dave Zirin is the voice in the wilderness, speaking out for the common fan with a tough, passionate, and intelligent voice that will remind readers that there is more to sportswriting than glowing athlete profiles.

 
 

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Contents

Diogenes in High Tops
1
When Domes Attack
9
Business Never Personal
24
The Keyser Soze Principle
32
George Steinbrenner as Throwback and Role Model
45
Clay Bennett the Seattle SuperSonics and the Question of
57
Charlie Monfort and
75
Peter Angelos and the Shredding of the Oriole Way
95
David Glass and the Kansas City Royals
133
Serpent in Eden
141
Skating on Slush?
149
The Unholy Gall of the Paulsons
155
For a Few Steroids More
160
Whats a Scouser? Tom Hicks Goes European
168
Looking Toward Green Bay
181
Acknowledgments
189

When Costanza Got Hair
108
Slumlord Billionaire
123
Notes
191
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Dave Zirin was named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World" by Utne Magazine. He writes about the politics of sports for the Nation magazine, and is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM satellite's popular weekly show, “Edge of Sports Radio,” as well as a columnist for SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times. Zirin's previous books are What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States; Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports; The Muhammad Ali Handbook; and A People’s History of Sports in the United States.

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