The Economics and Politics of Sports Facilities

Synopsis

Rich and his contributing authors give a far reaching, rigorous analysis of the impact that professional sports stadiums and arenas have on the economies of their host communities. Critical of, yet sympathetic to, the problems of the sports industry, the book emphasizes the cost of sports facilities and makes clear that as engines of economic development, they are of dubious value. Thoroughly researched and scrupulously objective, the book provides among other things the first comparative study of host cities, raises the question of the role of the sports media, and examines the "theater of sports" and its cultural meaning.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Andrew Zimbalist
  • Robert A. Baade
  • Richard Temple Middleton IV
  • Robert K. Whelan
  • Alma H. Young
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000