Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love

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A thought-provoking look at the big business and and immoral practices behind professional sportswriter Dave Zirin, hailed as the "conscience of American sportswriting" (The Washington Post).

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The fastest-growing sector of today's sports audience is the alienated fan. Complaints abound: from inflated ticket prices, $6 hot dogs, and $9 beers to owners endlessly demanding new multimillion-dollar stadiums funded by public tax dollars. Those sitting in the owners' boxes are increasingly placing profit over players' performances and fan loyalty. Bad Sports cuts through the hype and bombast to zero in on tales of abusive, dictatorial owners who move their teams thousands of miles away from their fan base, use their stadiums as religious and political platforms, or hold communities ransom for millions of dollars of taxpayer money to fund their gargantuan stadiums.

As the multibillion-dollar sports-industrial complex continues to lumber along, Dave Zirin is the voice in the wilderness, speaking out for the common fan with a tough, passionate, and intelligent voice that will remind readers that there is more to sportswriting than glowing athlete profiles.

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Author Dave Zirin
Publisher Scribner
Page Count 240pp
Publication Size 6 x 9
Publication Notes hardcover
Publication Date July 2010
ISBN 978-1416554752

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