Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit

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5 Deus Ex Pizza

The city has been so desperate for something new. They want
something new that's going to look good from the Goodyear
Blimp. I almost think that if they built a pyramid at the foot of
Woodward Avenue on the riverfront, people would get excited.
Bill Dow, Tiger Stadium Fan Club

I have little patience with people who are paid that well want-
ing us to spend hundreds of millions of public dollars so that
they have a nicer place to take a shower.—Frank Rashid, Tiger
Stadium Fan Club

Of all the citizen groups that formed in response to move threats by sports teams, the one that garnered the most media attention may have been the least typical: Save Our Browns, the spontaneous fan movement that burst forth during Cleveland's battle over its football team. It was everything that sports fanatics are supposed to be: equally furious at fly-by-night owners and impotent politicians, and desperate to keep the team in town no matter the cost.

In truth, though, sports fans are a varied bunch, and their lives extend far beyond just following their favorite teams. They are also taxpayers, parents of school-age children, residents of neighborhoods that would be affected by stadium-siting plans. Despite politicians'

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Preface to the New Edition xi
  • Introduction - The View from the Cheap Seats xiii
  • 1: A Tale of Two Inner Cities 1
  • 2: Stealing Home 27
  • 3: Ball Barons 42
  • 4: The Art of the Steal 62
  • 5: Deus Ex Pizza 83
  • 6: Home Field Advantage 103
  • 7: Local Heroes 119
  • 8: Bad Neighbors 136
  • 9: Repeat Offenders 160
  • 10: The Bucks Stop Here 182
  • 11: Winning Isn't Everything 194
  • 12: One Year 198
  • 13: The Art of the Steal Revisited 225
  • 14: Youppi! Come Home 247
  • 15: The Perfect Storm 272
  • 16: Saving Fenway 318
  • Acknowledgments 341
  • Notes 347
  • Index 389
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