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

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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 by 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, providing along the way an 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. Full of stories, scandals, and colorful personalities, Stadium Games reveals the behind-the-scenes deals and inside scoop on what went wrong in the recent unsuccessful campaign for a new ballpark, divulging how public relations experts failed and how government leaders conspired to fake out Minnesota's citizens.

Weiner concludes with a "call to reason" – a manifesto on how Minnesota and other small markets can take back pro sports and develop a new way of looking at what stadiums and teams can mean to their communities.

Review:

"This is the kind of book that should be 'must' reading for state lawmakers and anybody else who wants advance preparation for the next round of the fight for state taxpayer funding of professional sports stadiums." New York Times

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816634347
Author:
Weiner, Jay
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Minnesota
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Baseball fields
Subject:
Stadiums
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Professional sports -- Economic aspects.
Subject:
Stadiums - Economic aspects - Minnesota -
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 black-and-white photos, 8 line illust
Pages:
536
Dimensions:
9.00 x 5.88 in

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