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National pastime : how Americans play baseball and the rest of the world plays soccer

Author: Stefan Szymanski; Andrew S Zimbalist
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Examines, from an economic perspective, how the different traditions of soccer and baseball have shaped the possibilities for their commercial organization and exploitation, and considers how each sport might learn from the other's experiences to develop meaningful reforms"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Études transculturelles
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Szymanski; Andrew S Zimbalist
ISBN: 0815782586 9780815782582 0815782594 9780815782599
OCLC Number: 57452466
Description: xii, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction, the fields of play --
The origins of baseball and soccer leagues --
How soccer spread around the world when baseball didn't --
Pay for play : the development of the baseball and soccer labor markets --
Fans, franchises, and financial failure : why baseball clubs make money and soccer clubs don't --
Watching the money : baseball and soccer broadcasting --
Uncertain prospects : creating competitive balance --
Crossing cultures and learning lessons : what Americans need to know about world soccer and the world needs to know about American baseball.
Responsibility: Stefan Szymanski, Andrew Zimbalist.

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This is the story of two great sports. One is ""America's game,"" while the other is ""the world's game."" Baseball and soccer are both beloved cultural institutions.  Read more...
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"Fascinating reading for fans and sports business industry professionals alike. The book gives a comprehensive overview of the commercial histories and complicated economic dynamics of two of the Read more...

 
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