How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love
Simon and Schuster
On Sale: July 20, 2010
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A THOUGHT-PROVOKING LOOK AT THE BIG BUSINESS AND IMMORAL
PRACTICES BEHIND PROFESSIONAL SPORTS BY ACCLAIMED
SPORTSWRITER DAVE ZIRIN, HAILED AS THE “CONSCIENCE OF
AMERICAN SPORTSWRITING” (THE WASHINGTON POST )
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
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