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The Business of Professional Sports

Demystifying the boardroom and backroom games behind pro sports

Beyond the highly publicized heroics and foibles of players and teams, when the grandstands are empty and the scoreboards dark, there is a world of sport about which little is known by even the most ardent fan. It is the business world of sport; it is characterized by a thirst for power and money, and its players are just as active as those on the professional teams they oversee. In this collection, some of the best scholars in the field use examples from baseball, football, basketball, and hockey to illuminate the significant economic, legal, social, and historic aspects of the business of professional sports.

Contributors: Dennis A. Ahlburg, Rob B. Beamish, Joan M. Chandler, James B. Dworkin, Lawrence M. Kahn, Charles P. Korr, John J. MacAloon, David Mills, Roger G. Noll, Steven A. Reiss, Gary R. Roberts, Stephen F. Ross, Peter D. Sherer, Leigh Steinberg, and David G. Voigt,


Paul D. Staudohar is a professor of business administration at California State University. His books include Playing for Dollars: Labor Relations and the Sports Business and The Sports Industry and Collective Bargaining, second edition. James A. Mangan is head of education at Jordanhill College and founder of the International Journal of the History of Sport. Leonard Koppett (d. 2003) was a former sportswriter for the New York Times and the author of The Thinking Fan's Guide to Baseball.

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