May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy

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Expanded and Updated Paperback Edition Now Available Easily accessible and highly informative, this book is bound to become a standard reference tool for baseball fans seeking a deeper understanding of the important issues underlying the game. The author explores the abuses and inefficiencies in the functioning of the industry and how these problems are directly connected to Major League Baseballs monopoly status, its presumed exemption from antitrust regulation, and public policy.


Andrew Zimbalist is Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College, Massachusetts, USA. He has published fifteen books and has consulted for players associations, governmental bodies, cities, owners, corporations, and international development organizations. His books include May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy (Brookings, 2003) and In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig (Wiley, 2006). Bob Costas , a 19-time Emmy Award winner, and television's most honored studio host, is the host of NBC's "Football Night in America" studio show.


"... argues Andrew Zimbalist, a professor... and author of 'May the Best Team Win.'" --Michael K. Ozanian with Cecily J. Fluke, Forbes, 4/28/2003 "Instead of drinking beer and moaning, pick up a copy of Andrew Zimbalist's 'May the Best Team Win.' Zimbalist is the author of 'Baseball and Billions,' one of the most impressive books on the subject, trumped, perhaps, only by this one... 'May the Best Team Win' is one that the critical fan needs in their arsenal." -- Mudville Magazine, 4/28/2003 "'Andrew Zimbalist writes with obvious love, but deep concern for our national pastime. " --Chris Berman, ESPN, 2/4/2003 "An absorbing, provocative discussion." -- Publishers Weekly, 2/24/2003 "Follows up his original tome by documenting perhaps the wildest set of chapters in MLB history. In just the past two years, commissioner Bud Selig and the owners have attempted and failed to wipe out two teams, narrowly averted a labor stoppage with the players, engineered a bizarre ownership swap involving the Boston, Florida and Montreal franchises, stumbled through a high-profile congressional tongue-lashing, and were beaten in court by a stadium commission from Minnesota. " --Eric Fisher, Washington Times "Major league baseball has put a stranglehold on real competitive balance, and Zimbalist claims that the near-monopoly status is a detriment to any impulse for improvement. His prescriptions offer harsh but needed medicine. " -- Library Journal "Zimbalist offers a whirlwind tour of baseball chicanery... Concise and coherent... Anyone who holds an opinion on the state of the game, or fears its demise, owes it to him- or herself to take Professor Zimbalist's 224-page class." --Jon Morgan, Baltimore Sun, 3/23/2003 "I highly recommend Andrew Zimbalist's new book, 'May the Best Team Win.' If you read this book... you'll know everything about the ugly side of baseball that you need to know." --Rob Neyer,, 4/1/2003 "Exhilarating... Combines an academic's precision with a fan's passion." --Allen Barra, Newhouse Newspapers "In the most damning chapter in the book, Zimbalist outlines a complex but convincing deconstruction of Selig's assertion that MLB lost #519 million in 2001...As Paul Beeston, MLB's chief operating officer said, 'Under generally accepted accounting principles, I can turn a #4 million profit into a #2 million loss and I can get every national accounting firm to agree with me.'" --Sean Callahan, GeezerJock Media, Washington Post Book World, 5/18/2003 "Zimbalist demolished Commission Bud Selig's claim made before Congress that baseball's 30 teams lost #519 million in 2001...A compelling critique." --Glenn C. Altschuler, Cornell University, Barron's, 6/2/2003 "[Zimbalist] has other arrows in his quiver, including a worldwide player draft with picks in reverse order or league standings, elimination of some of the tax shelters that owners now enjoy and tighter governmental oversight over team movement and labor relations." --Lawrence S. Ritter, New York University, New York Times, 5/25/2003 "Especially revealing." -- The Boston Globe "'May the Best Team Win' combines the precision of an academic with the passion of a fan... you have no one to blame but yourselves if you don't get 'May the Best Team Win', read it and heed it." --Allen Barra, St. Petersburg Times (Florida), 4/6/2003 "My daydream... is that somehow every sports talk show host and every caller to such a show might mysteriously find himself or herself reading this illuminating book. That development would decrease the dumbness quotient of discussions between the former and the latter by about 99%." --Bill Littlefield, "Only A Game" (WBUR), 4/19/2003 "Major league baseball has put a stranglehold on real competitive balance, and Zimbalist claims that the near-monopoly status is a detriment to any impulse for improvement. His prescriptions offer harsh but needed medicine." -- Library Journal, 5/1/2003 "Andrew Zimbalist's 'May the Best Team Win' is a stark reminder that many of the issues that divided baseball's owners and players during the contentious 2002 collective bargaining negotiations have not been fully resolved." --Daniel C. Glazer", Shearman and Sterling sports group, New York Law Journal, 5/29/2003 "The real case for reforming the sport is to reinstate that very American balance, rescuing the sport froma system, which, as it stands, is neither competitive nor fair." -- The Economist, 5/31/2003 "[Zimbalist] is correct in identifying MLB's primary problem -- competitive imbalance." --Andrew M. Alexander, co-editor of Intellectual Conservative, Intellectual, 3/3/2004 "The author of one of the most significant works on baseball economics, 'Baseball and Billions,' Zimbalist considers baseball's current state of economic health... With amazing precision, Zimbalist turns Selig's claims of #519 million in book losses for the 2001 season... into an actual operating profit." --Geoff Wilson, Baseball Magazine, 4/20/2003 "These days a typical owner will rake in big money, claim he's nearly broke and then threated to move unless his host city subsidizes a new stadium at taxpayer expense. If you think this is an exaggeration, read Zimbalist's brilliantly researched study on the economics of the game." --Charles Hirshberg, Sports Illustrated, 5/26/2003 "Zimbalist's analysis is easily accessible, his data quite interesting and his judgments evenhanded almost to a fault." -- Washington Post, 4/6/2003 "One of the great strengths of May the Best Team Win is the way in which Zimbalist clearly unravels the workings of various markets --labour, product, broadcasting and stadiums --and how they combine to make up the industry that is baseball. He provides a detailed analysis of collective bargaining in baseball... Provides a very readable account of major issues associated with the recent operation of American baseball. It systematically examines various peculiarities and nuances of the operation of this legal cartel. Its major contribution lies in its analyses of the impact of recent collective bargaining deals, the various revenue sharing mechanisms they contain to enhance competitive balance and the moving feast that is broadcasting rights... Highly recommended for all those interested in the economics of professional team sports and the operation of cartels." --Braham Dabscheck, Economic Record, 6/1/2004 "Zimbalist has written a compelling, accessible introduction to the economic issues surrounding the current state of major league baseball." --D. A. Coffin, Indiana University Northwest, Choice, 1/1/2004 "Zimbalist writes a thorough but concise analysis of the economic health of MLB... One of the strengths of May the Best Team Win is the way the book uncovers the hidden disincentives that are hurting the game." --Kevin Skelly, Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York, Issues in Labor Statistics "The overriding theme of the book is that MLB is an unregulated monopoly and as a conseqeunce the industry suffers from inefficiency, exploits consumers, manipulates public policy and suffers from a competitive imbalance that threatens the future of the game... A well-crafted book that gives a good view of the inner workings of MLB and its owner-barons and provides an interesting case study of cartel behavior. The intended audience is clearly broader than that of academic sports economists... Zimbalist succeeds in making the material engaging for both economists working in this field and for non-specialists interested in the economics of baseball." --Leo H. Kahane, Mount Holyoke College and California State University, Hayward, Journal of Economic Literature, 6/1/2004
EAN: 9780815797296
ISBN: 081579729X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2004
Seitenanzahl: 214 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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