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On Display at Clarkston: Display -- March 2010 B

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

On Display -- March 2010B

Featured Web Sites

82 Games.

This site features articles and fine grained statistical information on both the court and front office side of professional basketball.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Adam, John
Stuff -- Baseball Business.

Numerous links and articles about player salaries, trades, team worth, and other baseball business related topics. This site is part of a much larger site created by a professor of economics at Queens College in New York City.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer URL

The Biz of Baseball.

Up until now, there have been resources for all sports business, but marks the first all inclusive location for news, interviews, data, and articles dedicated to just the game of baseball and the business that drives it.

Bloom, Howard.
Howard Bloom's Sports Business News.

In its nine years, SBN has evolved into the largest and one of the most influential sports industry publications.

Brewster, Josh et. al.

This extremely colorful site offers radio broadcasts, statistics, and articles on both major and minor league ice hockey.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Cagan, Joanna and Neil deMause
Field of Schemes. is the companion website to Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit, by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Since 1998, we have been casting a critical eye on the roughly $2 billion a year in public subsidies that go toward building new pro sports facilities.

The Hockey News.

The Hockey News gives you the inside scoop on hockey like no other publication, interviews, photos, stats and predictions, team stories from the best writers in all 30 NHL cities, coverage of minor pro, college and junior leagues, [and] weekly features that take you inside the game.

Karchner, Rick et. al.
Sports Law Blog.

This blog offers detailed and in depth articles on current legal issues effecting sports. Emphasis is on major league professional athletics. The authors are law students and attorneys.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Lenchiner, Jeffrey et. al.
Inside Hoops.

Founded in 1999,, a professional, respected, experienced source of basketball news, views and analysis, steadily grew to become the hottest basketball website on the planet.

National Football League
NFL Labor News.

Current news about player salaries, free angency, trades, and labor negotiations all appears on this site. Because the National Football League runs this site, it has a strong pro-management bias.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

National Football League Players Association
NFL Players Association.

The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests.

Friday night Lights
The Elusive Fan
Hardball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports
Fans of the World Unite

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The staff at ProSports gathers links on games, gossip, team news, and more for baseball, football, hockey and basketball and offers it all in a blog-like format. The site also has forums for fans.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Sports News -- The Wall Street Journal.

Features articles about many aspects of sports from all over the world.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

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March Madness and the Bu$iness of $port

This display celebrates both the annual NCAA Division I basketball tournament and the economic and social side of sport. It features books, web sites, e-books, and of course the championship bracket, so you can follow your favorite team.

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Abrams, Brett.
Capital Sporting Grounds: A History of Stadium and Ballpark Construction in Washington DC. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.
Call Number: GV416.N38 A37 2009 (Ebrary)

The stadium for the expansion Washington Nationals baseball team cost more than $600 million and while opponents decried the waste of taxpayer money, supporters said the stadium would generate economic development. The district’s past stadiums, tracks and Olympics facilities are described in this history, along with their political backdrops.

Atkinson, Michael Editor.
Battleground Sports. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009.
Call Number: GV706.5 .B375 2009

Engaging and accessible to a wide variety of readers, this fascinating reference illustrates how sports controversies reflect the historically enduring and changing nature of our broader cultures, and the social battles we engage on a day-to-day basis surrounding the struggles for equality, debates about social violence, the ethics of competition, the politics of civic life, the creation of global communities, and the State's role in protecting citizens.

Berri, David J., Martin B. Schmidt, and Stacey L. Brook.
The Wages of Wins: Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern Sport. Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books, 2006.
Call Number: GV716 .B47 2006 (Ebrary)

The book names names, and makes it abundantly clear that much of the decision making of coaches and general managers does not hold up to an analysis of the numbers. Whether you are a fantasy league fanatic or a casual weekend fan, much of what you believe about sports will change after reading this book.

Bissiger, H. G.
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. Cambridge, MA: DaCapo Press, 2003.
Call Number: GV958.P47 B57 2003

Secular religions are fascinating in the devotion and zealousness they breed, and in Texas, high school football has its own rabid hold over the faithful. H.G. Bissinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, enters into the spirit of one of its most fervent shrines: Odessa, a city in decline in the desert of West Texas, where the Permian High School Panthers have managed to compile the winningest record in state annals.

Boyd, Todd and Kenneth L. Shropshire Eds
Basketball Jones: America Above the Rim. New York: New York University Press, 2000.
Call Number:GV889.26 .B28 2000

It began with Magic, Bird, and Dr. J. Then came Michael. The Dream Team. The WNBA. And, most recently, "Spree" Latrell Sprewell--American Dream or American Nightmare?--the embodiment of everything many believe is wrong--and others believe is exciting--about the game.

Capital Sporting Grounds Much More than a Game
High Stakes: Big Time Sports and Downtown Development

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Burk, Robert Fredrick.
More than a Game: Players, Owners & American Baseball since 1921. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.
Call Number: GV880 .B869 2001 (Ebrary)

As a microcosm of society, organized baseball has survived its share of battles over racism, pay inequity, unionizing and scandals. Here, Burk, chair of the history department at Muskingum College, follows up Never Just a Game: Players, Owners, and American Baseball to 1920 with an in-depth look at the sport as a business from its post-WWI golden age to beyond the 1994 players' strike.

Colangelo Jerry and Len Sherman.
How You Play the Game: Lessons for Life from the Billion-Dollar Business of Sports. New York: Amacom, 1999.
Call Number: GV697.C63 A3 1999 (Netlibrary)

The owner of the Phoenix Suns (National Basketball Association) and the new Arizona Diamondbacks (major league baseball) gives us his autobiography from his humble beginnings in Chicago to his current status as the owner of these two successful franchises. Colangelo discusses his accomplishments and failures in the sports industry and offers insight into how professional sports work and what they must do to remain successful, especially through marketing, community service, and ethics.

Curry, Timothy J., Kent Schwirian and Rachel A Woldoff.
High Stakes: Big Time Sports and Downtown Redevelopment. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press 2004.
Call Number: GV706.5 .C869 2004

The authors analyzed the building of Nationwide Arena, home to the NHL franchise Columbus Blue Jackets, and to a lesser extent, the building of a stadium for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. They used media reports, official documents, and in-depth interviews with 34 of the people involved in the ballot issue to study the public process of how the stadiums were built.

Kern, William S. Editor.
The Economics of Sports. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2000.
Call Number: GV583 .E36 2000 (Ebrary)

This collection shows how big-time sports has outgrown its role as a simple pastime. Fueled by fans' rising disposable incomes and the promise of jobs and local economic development, professional and major college sports have evolved into a multibillion-dollar economic sector that produces winners and losers both on and off the field.

Stealing Lives The Jump
The Wages of Wins

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Marcano Guevera, Arturo J. and David P. Fidle.
Stealing Lives: The Globalization of Baseball and the Tragic Story of Alexis Quiroz. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2002.
Call Number: GV880.22 .M37 2002 (Ebrary)

Stealing Lives takes a long, hard look at the exploitation and abuse of boys and young men by Major League Baseball teams searching Latin America for cheap baseball talent--placing that hunt in the context of the globalization of baseball. In telling the tragic story of young Alexis Quiroz, a Venezuelan teenager who dreamed of playing for the Chicago Cubs, the authors also reveal Major League Baseball's pattern of violation of human rights and labor standards in its practices in Latin America.

McDonald, Mark A. and George R. Milne.
Cases in Sport Marketing. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 1999.
Call Number: GV716 .M39 1999 (Netlibrary)

Cases in Sport Marketing, simulates real-life scenarios for sport marketers as exhibition games in the preseason simulate the regular season for professional athletes.

O'Connor, Ian.
The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Ball. Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2005.
Call Number: GV884.T44 O36 2005

Follows the journey to stardom of a promising young high school basketball player as, already sporting a multi-million dollar sneaker deal, he prepares to make the jump directly to the NBA.

Quirk, James P. and Rodney Fort.
Hardball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999.
Call Number: GV716 .Q566 1999

Argues that professional sports use the monopoly power of the leagues to blackmail cities into financing stadiums and arenas, and suggests a solution to the problem.

Resin, Irving J., Philip Kotler, and Ben Shields.
The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace. . New York: McGraw Hill, 2006.
Call Number: GV716 .R45 2006 (Ebrary)

The Elusive Fan is a groundbreaking guide to engaging and retaining today's fragmented, ever-shifting, and demanding sports fans.

Ross, Stephen F. and Stefan Szymanski.
Fans of the World Unite! : A (Capitalist) Manifesto for Sports Consumers. Stanford, CA: Stanford Economics and Finance, 2008.
Call Number: GV583 .R675 2008 (Ebrary)

Fans of the World, Unite! is a clarion call to sports fans. Appealing to anyone who is in despair due to the greed and incompetence of team owners, this book proposes a significant restructuring of sports leagues.

Sperber, Murray A.
Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports is Crippling Undergraduate Education. New York: Owl Books, 2001.
Call Number: GV351 .S63 2001

Alluding to the ancient Roman practice of placating people with cheap bread and ostentatious spectacles, Sperber argues that an ever-growing number of state universities lure undergraduates to their schools with halcyon images of booze-filled parties and prominent sports programs while abandoning their commitment to the students' education.

Stein, Gil.
Power Plays: An Inside Look at the Big Business of the National Hockey League. Seacaucus, NJ: Carol Pub. Group, 1997.
Call Number: GV847.8.N3 S84 1997

This explosive book, by the most recent past president of the NHL, reveals what really goes on behind the scenes in professional hockey. Filled with entertaining anecdotes and personal vignettes written with total candor, Power Plays is as exciting as winning the Stanley Cup.

Weiner, Jay.
Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles. Minnneapolis, NN: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.
Call Number: GV716 .W43 2000 (Ebrary)

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.

Yost, Mark.
Tailgating, Sacks, and Salary Caps: How the NFL Became the Most Successful Sports League in History. Chicago, IL: Kaplan Publ, 2006
Call Number: GV955.5.N35 Y67 2006 (Ebrary)

The NFL is the most successful professional sport. The league's secret to success is sound business practices like revenue sharing and a salary cap.

Zimbalist, Andrew S.
Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-Time College Sports. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999.
Call Number: GV351 .Z56 1999

Big-time college sports embodies the ideals of amateurism and provides an important complement to university education. Or so its apologists would have us believe. As Andrew Zimbalist shows in this unprecedented analysis, college sports is really a massively commercialized industry based on activities that are often irrelevant and even harmful to education.

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