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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" (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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"Zirin puts the politics back in sports and makes good sport of the politics. Even if you don't know the difference between March Madness and Spring Break, read this book: it's an original and scathing look at how America works." Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

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"Zirin makes a strong argument that team owners are ruining our storied teams, not to mention the sports themselves." Booklist

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"Not since Hunter S. Thompson has a sports writer shown the right snarl for the job." Naomi Klein

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"The smartest and gutsiest sportswriter in America has just written the smartest and gustiest book about sports — and about America" Robert Lipsyte

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A thought-provoking look at the big business and immoral practices behind professional sports by a critically acclaimed young sportswriter.

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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.

 

About the Author

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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librarylapin, August 10, 2011 (view all comments by librarylapin)
Dave Zirin is able to merge the world of politics and sports in a fascinating and interesting way. Pulling us into the drama of the things we didn't know about team owners, he makes his readers cringe and rejoice at the same time. The corruption in sports has always been obvious but the details and points of hopes have never been highlighted in this way. Dave Zirin is a great down to earth writer who can make us feel excited about being sports fans and political junkies.
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sue05, July 26, 2010 (view all comments by sue05)
It seems that sports is one of a diminishing number of activities that captures and holds peoples' attention. It is unfortunate, since so many issues need the focus of a significant number of people, in order to alert politicians and bring about change.

Mr. Zirin, in his book, Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love has married politics and sports and with any luck will mobilize all those sports enthusiasts, to stand up, not only for the sports they love, but for the needs of our society.

As a Canadian, Mr. Zirin also grabbed my attention when he spoke of an amazing writer, Naomi Klein.
Thanks for bringing a refreshing and important perspective to sports.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416554752
Author:
Zirin, Dave
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Sociology of Sports
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sports -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Sports -- Management.
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13.65 oz

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Product details 240 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781416554752 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Zirin puts the politics back in sports and makes good sport of the politics. Even if you don't know the difference between March Madness and Spring Break, read this book: it's an original and scathing look at how America works."
"Review" by , "Zirin makes a strong argument that team owners are ruining our storied teams, not to mention the sports themselves."
"Review" by , "Not since Hunter S. Thompson has a sports writer shown the right snarl for the job."
"Review" by , "The smartest and gutsiest sportswriter in America has just written the smartest and gustiest book about sports — and about America"
"Synopsis" by , A thought-provoking look at the big business and immoral practices behind professional sports by a critically acclaimed young sportswriter.
"Synopsis" by , 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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