Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-Time College Sports

He paints a picture of a system in desperate need of reform and presents bold recommendations to chart a more sensible future. Used book in Good Condition. Zimbalist combines groundbreaking empirical research and a talent for storytelling to provide a firm, factual basis for the many arguments that currently rage about the goals, history, structure, incentive system, and legal architecture of college sports.

Zimbalist discusses the economic and legal aspects of gender equity in college sports. He examines the often harmful effects of corporate sponsorship and shows that, despite such sponsorship, most schools run their athletic programs at a loss. Zimbalist also considers the relevance of antitrust laws to college sports and asks whether student athletes are ultimately exploited by the system.

Zimbalist's provocative recommendations include eliminating freshman eligibility for sports, restricting coaches' access to "sneaker money" from corporations, and ending the hypocrisy about professionalism by allowing teams to employ a quota of non-students as well as to receive funding from the pro leagues.

. Big-time college sports embodies the ideals of amateurism and provides an important complement to university education. A mixture of lively anecdotes, cogent arguments, and clear analysis, hard economic data, Unpaid Professionals will revitalize debate about a subject close to the hearts and minds of millions of Americans.

He assesses the economic impact of television and radio contracts and the financial rewards that come from winning major championships. He then takes us into the world of the modern student athlete, explaining the incentives that, that create such useless courses as "The Theory of Basketball, encourage star athletes to abandon college for the pros, for example, " and that lead students to ignore classes despite the astronomical odds against becoming a professional athlete.

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Hard Ball: The Abuse of Power in Pro Team Sports

It is essential reading for every fan. To fans today, professional sports teams often look more like professional extortionists. In hard ball, james quirk and rodney Fort take on a daunting challenge: explaining exactly how things have gotten to this point and proposing a way out. Hard ball is filled with anecdotes, case studies, and factual information that are brought together here for the first time.

Many pro teams appear to be virtual "cash machines, " generating astronomical annual revenues, but their owners seem willing to uproot them and move to any city willing to promise increased profits. Both authors are professional economists who specialize in the economics of sports. Government. Eliminate the monopolies, say Quirk and Fort, and all problems can be solved.

Used book in Good Condition. Their previous book, pay dirt: The Business of Professional Team Sports, is widely acknowledged as the Bible of sports economics. Quirk and fort devote chapters to the main protagonists in the pro sports saga--media, politicians, unions, owners, players, and leagues--before they offer their own prescription for correcting the ills that afflict sports today.

If the monopolies are allowed to persist, so will today's woes. The authors discuss all four major pro team sports: baseball, basketball, football, and hockey.

Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports

The next quantum leap beyond moneyball, because if sports teams are getting it wrong this badly, this book offers powerful new insights into all human decision-making, how do you know you're not? Sometimes the decisions that teams make are simply inexplicable. Why famous coaches don't deliver better results.

. Everyone sees the results of their choices, and the consequences for failure are severe. Consider: sports teams have an immense amount of detailed, quantifiable information to draw upon, more than in virtually any other industry. And yet. And much more. Now, two leading sports economists reveal those mistakes in basketball, football, baseball, and hockey, and explain why sports decision-makers never seem to learn their lessons.

Systematic mistakes you'd think they'd learn how to avoid. Used book in Good Condition. They keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Why basketball decision-makers don't focus on the factors that really correlate with NBA success.

College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA's Amateur Myth

Used book in Good Condition. Almost no attention, however, has been given to the way that the National Collegiate Athletic Association has embraced professionalism through its athletic scholarship policy. Many books have been written on the evils of commercialism in college sport, and the hypocrisy of payments to athletes from alumni and other sources outside the university.

Because of this gap in the historical record, the NCAA is often cast as an embattled defender of amateurism, rather than as the architect of a nationwide money-laundering scheme. Sack and staurowsky show that the ncAA formally abandoned amateurism in the 1950s and passed rules in subsequent years that literally transformed scholarship athletes into university employees.

In addition, by purposefully fashioning an amateur mythology to mask the reality of this employer-employee relationship, the NCAA has done a disservice to student-athletes and to higher education. This is a provocative analysis for anyone interested in college sports in America and its subversion of traditional educational and amateur principles.

After tracing the evolution of college athletes into professional entertainers, and the harmful effects it has caused, the authors propose an alternative approach that places college sport on a firm educational foundation and defend the rights of both male and female college athletes. A major subtheme is that women, such as those who created the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women AIAW, opposed this hypocrisy, but lacked the power to sustain an alternative model.


What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States

He is a senior writer at basketball. Com. A must read!”—matthew rothschild, The Progressive“This is cutting-edge analysis delivered with wit and compassion. Mike marqusee, author, redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the SixtiesHere Edgeofsports. Com sportswriter dave zirin shows how sports express the worst, as well as the most creative and exciting, features of American society.

Zirin explores how janet jackson’s super bowl flash-time show exposed more than a breast, why the labor movement has everything to learn from sports unions and why a new generation of athletes is no longer content to “play one game at a time” and is starting to get political. What’s my name, nba basketball player and anti-death penalty activist etan thomas, Olympian and black power saluter John Carlos, Fool! draws on original interviews with former heavyweight champ George Foreman, antiwar women’s college hoopster Toni Smith, Olympic Project for Human Rights leader Lee Evans and many others.

Popular sportswriter and commentator dave Zirin is editor of The Prince George’s Post Maryland and writes the weekly column “Edge of Sports” edgeofsports. Com. Daily worker sports editor, 1936–1958“Zirin has an amazing talent for covering the sports and politics beat. Ranging like a great shortstop, he scoops up everything! He profiles the courageous and inspiring athletes who are standing up for peace and civil liberties in this repressive age.

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Playing With the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal in Sports

In this forcefully argued book, eileen McDonagh and Laura Pappano show in vivid detail how women have been unfairly excluded from participating in sports on an equal footing with men. Athletic contests help define what we mean in America by "success. By keeping women from "playing with the boys" on the false assumption that they are inherently inferior, society relegates them to second-class citizens.

Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. For instance, yet many olympic events have shorter races for women than men, women's bodies give them a physiological advantage in endurance sports, thereby camouflaging rather than revealing women's strengths. Using dozens of powerful examples--girls and women breaking through in football, wrestling, and that sex segregation in sports does not simply reflect sex differences, to name just a few--the authors show that sex differences are not sufficient to warrant exclusion in most sports, and baseball, that success entails more than brute strength, ice hockey, but actively constructs and reinforces stereotypes about sex differences.