Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles

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U of Minnesota Press, 2000 - Electronic book - 503 pages
Annotation From Seattle to Houston to New York, governments and taxpayers are grappling with how to pay for new major league sports facilities. Support for public funding is down -- sports fans feel alienated in the face of team owners' demands, threats to leave, and spiraling player salaries. In Stadium Games, veteran Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Jay Weiner zooms in on Minnesota's fifty-year history with pro sports and the issues contributing to the bid for a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins, along the way providing a big-picture evaluation of national sports economics.

Stadium, Games begins with the events leading to the arrival of the Twins and Vikings to the state in 1961 and traces subsequent controversies about professional sports in the region up to the present. Weiner discusses the factors that make Minnesota the poster child for the nation's stadium debates -- the recent departure of the North Stars hockey team, the near departure of the Timberwolves, the strong opposition of taxpayers, and the apparent greed of team owners. In an account full of stories, scandals, and colorful personalities, Weiner reveals the behind-the-scenes deals and inside scoop on what went wrong in the unsuccessful 1997 campaign for a new ballpark, divulging how public relations experts failed and how government leaders conspired to fake out Minnesota's citizenry.

Weiner concludes with a "call to reason" -- a manifesto on how Minnesota and other small markets can take back pro sports and begin a new kind of conversation about what stadiums and teams can mean to their communities.


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Selected pages


If You Build It Minnesotas Quest to Become Major League
Something to Cheer For The Met Welcomes the Vikings and the Twins
Where the Sun Dont Shine Calvin and Max Move under the Teflon Sky
Im Only Human Understanding Carl Pohlad
Off Target Norms Stars Go South along with Harv and Marvs Fortunes
I Gotta Get Me One of These Carls Edifice Complex
Falling in Love with the Deal The Governors Men Go to Bat for Carl
Spilling the Beans The Twins Crime of Omission
It Sure Looked Like a Loan Carls Contribution Hits the Fan
Holding Up the Indians Arne Plays the Race Card
Leaving It to Beaver The Special Session Fake Out
Baseball Lives If You Push Green The Public Calls Carls Bluff
Resuscitating the Deal Norm and Sharon Wrestle for Riverfront Baseball
Building a Public Trust Striking a Fair Deal with Pro Sports

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