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Bad Sports

2010 August 16
by Skip Sauer

Here’s a review of Dave Zirin’s new book, Bad Sports:  How Owners are Ruining the Games we Love.  This looks to be an interesting polemic on the monetization of professional sports.  I’ve ordered it and hope to comment on it myself in short order.

5 Responses
  1. Greg Pinelli permalink
    August 16, 2010

    Nice to know someone besides me gets mad about these things. This stuff has been going on a LONG time. The Colts sneaking out of Baltimore..the Dodgers forsaking Brooklyn by one of the scumbag owners of all time..Walter O’Malley..and now, my beloved 49ers, hustling to Santa Clara so they can pillage their current fan base for fees and upgrades for seating!

    I could go on, but I’ll finish with a hint of what integrity and honor actually looks and sounds like..the Indianapolis Colts held an old timer appreciation day a few years ago for the old Baltimore greats..Johnny Unitas flat out refused to attend..he said he was a Baltimore Colt and had nothing to do with Indianapolis. God bless John.

  2. bevo permalink
    August 16, 2010

    What do you expect will change from this book? Isn’t this book toiling the same ground as Field of Schemes, Major League Losers, etc.? Americans capacity for outrage lasts about eight seconds.

    The majority of American votes simply do not care.

  3. Greg Pinelli permalink
    August 17, 2010

    As much as I’d like to slam bevo..he/she is correct…the ONLY vote is with the ticket! There is nothing different from today than 50 years ago…only the dollar counts! Most Americans are worried about next moths mortgage or credit card tally..the bottom line is………..

    Pro sports..all of them..are cruising for a bruising…..

  4. Dan permalink
    August 18, 2010

    Ever since the early 70’s when I read They Call It a Game by Bernie Parish I have had no illusions that owning a major league team is a business like any other. No one starts out buying a sports team as their first business. They are usually successful at other businesses and bevo is right – if people don’t like the product they’ll stop spending their money.

    This book could have been written 50 years ago and it will be written 50 years from now unless owners suddenly stop caring about whether they make a profit.

  5. Tom permalink
    August 18, 2010

    Zirin’s “Welcome to the Terror Dome: Pain, Politics, and the Promise of Sports” is a great book. I enjoy books about sports when they are informative and not glorified P.R. packets. I’m really looking forward to this, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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