The Business of Baseball
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About the Book
The crack of the bat, the cheering of fans and the agility and athleticism of the players are all characteristics that many people fondly associate with Major League Baseball. However, the players’ strike and owners’ lockout in 1994 and 1995 brought the game under great scrutiny, revealing a side of baseball that is not admirable, honorable, or enjoyable. Nor is this darker side of “America’s Pastime” a recent development. The majority of problems in today’s Major Leagues are a continuation of ills that have plagued organized baseball since its inception.
This book examines the business of baseball, addressing its most significant problems and proposing solutions. It covers some of Major League Baseball’s greatest players and their effect on the game and its business. Among the many topics analyzed are the roles of franchise owners, commissioners, and players’ unions in organized baseball. The book also examines Major League ballparks and baseball fans, and considers how they are relevant to baseball as a game and a business.
About the Author(s)
Albert Theodore Powers is an international tax and finance lawyer, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, and the author of a number of books and professional articles.
Albert Theodore Powers
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 76 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2003
Table of Contents
1. The Church of Baseball 1
2. Pentateuch 9
3. In the East, a Star Appeared 41
4. Plagues 61
5. Resurrection 77
6. Apocrypha 89
7. Deliverance 103
8. Diaspora 117
9. God Profaned! Apple Pie Blasphemed! 147
10. Emancipation 169
11. Rolling Stones 195
12. You Can’t Smoke Astroturf 215
13. This Bud’s for You 231
14. Money Changers in the Temple 257
15. Redemption and Apocalypse 279
16. Baseball, Inc. 319
Book Reviews & Awards
“a thorough and readable history…clearly a labor of love…recommended”—Choice; “makes clear the lost opportunities of baseball history…intriguing…recommended”—Library Journal.