The Game to Show the Games

Inside the Multi-Billion Dollar Battle for Sports on Television

Author: Morgan Wick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780996729826

Category:

Page: 182

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ESPN collects hundreds of millions of dollars in rights fees from cable subscribers, before selling a single advertisement. In The Game to Show the Games, Morgan Wick exposes how this lucrative revenue stream and the competition between media conglomerates has become a billion-dollar boon for sports leagues across the nation and the world, and how this has shaken up the rest of the television industry. Wick's Chapter titles highlight the story: Chapter 1: Rags to Riches Chapter 2: Follow the Leader Chapter 3: Printing Money Chapter 4: Big Man on Campus Chapter 5: King of Sports Chapter 6: All Sports are Local Chapter 7: Fighting For Scraps Chapter 8: Breaking Free With The Game to Show the Games Morgan Wick has shined a light on the behind-the-scenes battles that have raged between billionaires, as they jockey for position in the high-stakes 'game' to dominate sports television. ESPN may have begun as a plucky underdog, happy at first to braodcast local Connnecticut sports, but it didn't take long for it to become king of the jungle. Now it pulls the strings, and makes ther media giants jealous. Whether you're an avid sports fan, an active sports hater, or just someone wondering why your cable bill is so high, The Game to Show the Games is a must-read.
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The Game

Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers

Author: Jon Pessah

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316242217

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 656

View: 900

The incredible inside story of power, money, and baseball's last twenty years In the fall of 1992, America's National Pastime is in crisis and already on the path to the unthinkable: cancelling a World Series for the first time in history. The owners are at war with each other, their decades-long battle with the players has turned America against both sides, and the players' growing addiction to steroids will threaten the game's very foundation. It is a tipping point for baseball, a crucial moment in the game's history that catalyzes a struggle for power by three strong-willed men: Commissioner Bud Selig, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and union leader Don Fehr. It's their uneasy alliance at the end of decades of struggle that pulls the game back from the brink and turns it into a money-making powerhouse that enriches them all. This is the real story of baseball, played out against a tableau of stunning athletic feats, high-stakes public battles, and backroom political deals--with a supporting cast that includes Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter, George Bush and George Mitchell, and many more. Drawing from hundreds of extensive, exclusive interviews throughout baseball, The Game is a stunning achievement: a rigorously reported book and the must-read, fly-on-the-wall, definitive account of how an enormous struggle for power turns disaster into baseball's Golden Age.
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How You Play the Game

Author: N.A

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814437109

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 260

View: 5280

This is a story of passion and commitment and faith—qualities that drove one working-class kid to not only build a sports empire, but also to change the way the entire sports industry has done business. In How You Play the Game, Jerry Colangelo, in his own words, tells how he emerged from the tough streets of Chicago Heights as a high school and college sports star...how he helped create and build the Chicago Bulls—at a time when the NBA was a second-tier professional league, and two basketball teams had already failed in the Windy City...how he moved to Arizona and started the Phoenix Suns, an organization that fought its way to become the ninth richest franchise in all of sports...and how he then began baseball’s newest team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is a tale of determination, faith, and, most assuredly, good timing and good luck. In truth, this isn’t one story—but many. Jerry weaves together a lifetime of great moments in sports and tense times in business. Peppered with stories about players and coaches, including Charles Barkley and Connie Hawkins, Red Holzman, and Buck Showalter, as well as owners, general managers, investors, reporters, and more, How You Play the Game is truly an insider’s look at the sports world. Mr. Colangelo’s 30-year history mirrors the evolution of sports to the global marketing and media mega-industry it is today.
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Terror on the Pitch

How Bin Laden Targeted Beckham and the England Football Team

Author: Adam Robinson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780572247

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 2500

Bin Laden-funded terrorist cells dotted around France had been prepared to mount assaults calculated to cause mayhem, outrage and horror. Their targets were the United States Embassy in Paris, a nuclear power station (into which they planned to crash a civilian airliner in a chilling foretaste of later events) and the United States football team in their hotel. Finally, before a live television audience expected to number upwards of 300 million, Bin Laden's Algerian cohorts planned an audacious on-pitch assault against the stars of the England team during their first group match against Tunisia in Marseilles. Terror on the Pitch reveals startling documentation of the planning of these four horrific attacks and details an astonishing hit list, ordered by Al Qaeda's commander-in-chief, identifying which England players were to be singled out by his terrorists inside Stade-Vélodrome. Posing as stewards, the men would use grenades, handguns and TNT to attack the England team and fans. Had the plan succeeded, it would have surpassed the tragedy that befell the Israeli team at the 1972 Munich Olympics as the sporting world's worst-ever atrocity. Amazingly, this true story has remained largely unreported for four years and only now is the extent of the plot revealed - and how close the terrorists came to succeeding.
Posted in Political Science

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society

Author: Frederick F. Wherry,Juliet B. Schor, Consulting Editor

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506346170

Category: Social Science

Page: 1984

View: 8891

Economics is the nexus and engine that runs society, affecting societal well-being, raising standards of living when economies prosper or lowering citizens through class structures when economies perform poorly. Our society only has to witness the booms and busts of the past decade to see how economics profoundly affects the cores of societies around the world. From a household budget to international trade, economics ranges from the micro- to the macro-level. It relates to a breadth of social science disciplines that help describe the content of the proposed encyclopedia, which will explicitly approach economics through varied disciplinary lenses. Although there are encyclopedias of covering economics (especially classic economic theory and history), the SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society emphasizes the contemporary world, contemporary issues, and society. Features: 4 volumes with approximately 800 signed articles ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 words each are presented in a choice of print or electronic editions Organized A-to-Z with a thematic Reader's Guide in the front matter groups related entries Articles conclude with References & Future Readings to guide students to the next step on their research journeys Cross-references between and among articles combine with a thorough Index and the Reader's Guide to enhance search-and-browse in the electronic version Pedagogical elements include a Chronology of Economics and Society, Resource Guide, and Glossary This academic, multi-author reference work will serve as a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers within social science programs who seek to better understand economics through a contemporary lens.
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Big League, Big Time

The Birth Of The Arizona Diamonback, The Billion Daollar Business Of Sports

Author: Len Sherman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671003445

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 5702

The author exposes the workings of sports marketing in America through an in-depth look at the creation of a Major League baseball franchise, the Arizona Diamondbacks
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Billion-Dollar Ball

A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football

Author: Gilbert M. Gaul

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698142918

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 3277

• A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015 • “A penetrating examination of how the elite college football programs have become ‘giant entertainment businesses that happened to do a little education on the side.’”—Mark Kram, The New York Times Two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Gilbert M. Gaul offers a riveting and sometimes shocking look inside the money culture of college football and how it has come to dominate a surprising number of colleges and universities. Over the past decade college football has not only doubled in size, but its elite programs have become a $2.5-billion-a-year entertainment business, with lavishly paid coaches, lucrative television deals, and corporate sponsors eager to slap their logos on everything from scoreboards to footballs and uniforms. Profit margins among the top football schools range from 60% to 75%—results that dwarf those of such high-profile companies as Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft—yet thanks to the support of their football-mad representatives in Congress, teams aren’t required to pay taxes. In most cases, those windfalls are not passed on to the universities themselves, but flow directly back into their athletic departments. College presidents have been unwilling or powerless to stop a system that has spawned a wildly profligate infrastructure of coaches, trainers, marketing gurus, and a growing cadre of bureaucrats whose sole purpose is to ensure that players remain academically eligible to play. From the University of Oregon’s lavish $42 million academic center for athletes to Alabama coach Nick Saban’s $7 million paycheck—ten times what the school pays its president, and 70 times what a full-time professor there earns—Gaul examines in depth the extraordinary financial model that supports college football and the effect it has had not only on other athletic programs but on academic ones as well. What are the consequences when college football coaches are the highest paid public employees in over half the states in an economically troubled country, or when football players at some schools receive ten times the amount of scholarship awards that academically gifted students do? Billion-Dollar Ball considers these and many other issues in a compelling account of how an astonishingly wealthy sports franchise has begun to reframe campus values and distort the fundamental academic mission of our universities. From the Hardcover edition.
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Court Justice

The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA

Author: Ed O'Bannon,Michael McCann

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 1635762618

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: N.A

View: 566

“Like Curt Flood and Oscar Robertson, who paved the way for free agency in sports, Ed O’Bannon decided there was a principle at stake... O’Bannon gave the movement to reform college sports...passion and purpose, animated by righteous indignation.” —Jeremy Schaap, ESPN journalist and New York Times bestselling author In 2009, Ed O’Bannon, once a star for the 1995 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins and a first-round NBA draft pick, thought he’d made peace with the NCAA’s exploitive system of “amateurism.” College athletes generated huge profits, yet—training nearly full-time, forced to tailor coursework around sports, often pawns in corrupt investigations—they saw little from those riches other than revocable scholarships and miniscule chances of going pro. Still, that was all in O’Bannon’s past...until he saw the video game NCAA Basketball 09. As avatars of their college selves—their likenesses, achievements, and playing styles—O’Bannon and his teammates were still making money for the NCAA. So, when asked to fight the system for players past, present, and future—and seeking no personal financial reward, but rather the chance to make college sports more fair—he agreed to be the face of what became a landmark class-action lawsuit. Court Justice brings readers to the front lines of a critical battle in the long fight for players’ rights while also offering O’Bannon’s unique perspective on today’s NCAA recruiting scandals. From the basketball court to the court of law facing NCAA executives, athletic directors, and “expert” witnesses; and finally to his innovative ideas for reform, O’Bannon breaks down history’s most important victory yet against the inequitable model of multi-billion-dollar “amateur” sports.
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The System

The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

Author: Jeff Benedict,Armen Keteyian

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 0345803035

Category: Education

Page: 424

View: 7483

A revelatory account based on the authors' unprecedented access to the NCAA's highest-level programs throughout the 2012 season describes its high-powered system of billion-dollar television deals, high-priced coaches, football "hostessing," castoff athlete-students, and paid test takers.
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Seasons of Change

Baseball in America

Author: Richard L. Sartore

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781560724643

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 83

View: 8127

Posted in Sports & Recreation

Psychology in Professional Sports and the Performing Arts

Challenges and Strategies

Author: Robert J. Schinke,Dieter Hackfort

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317612531

Category: Psychology

Page: 316

View: 2044

The relationship between sport and exercise psychology and the realm of professional sport and performance has grown exponentially in recent years. Elite athletes increasingly see the value in seeking psychological advice and expertise, while consultants now work in a wider range of elite performance environments. Psychology in Professional Sports and the Performing Arts: Challenges and Strategies is a unique and timely collection that brings together the experiences and knowledge of a range of applied psychologists working in these exciting industries. The book begins with a section outlining the core skills practitioners require in the field, before chapters discussing individual sports, team sports and the performing arts. Each author looks at how theoretical principles can be applied within a particular professional context, delineating how performers may benefit from working with a psychologist, as well as the ethical and cultural challenges that they faced. Assessing the role of applied psychologists across a truly unique range of activities, from polo to motor racing and ice hockey to modern dance, Psychology in Professional Sports and the Performing Arts: Challenges and Strategies offers unrivalled insights into how sport and exercise psychology can be put into practice in challenging professional environments. It will appeal to anyone studying sport and exercise psychology, or working in the field.
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Fourth and Long

The Fight for the Soul of College Football

Author: John U. Bacon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476760306

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 3561

An unstinting look at the present and future of college football explores how four leading Big Ten contenders responded differently to the influences of money and power as well as related NCAA sanctions, scandals, rivalries and the visions of coaches and directors, tracing an emerging value on honest wins. 75,000 first printing.
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Meat Market

Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting

Author: Bruce Feldman

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 162681483X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 274

View: 3708

"One of the most insightful books ever written about college football." —The New York Times Now revised and updated by the author, MEAT MARKET proves that in college football, the game off the field is more brutal than the one on the field. In this shattering expose, Bruce Feldman goes into the war rooms to show who stands to profit when champions get built, and at what cost. A college football program can become a multi-million dollar industry for its school, but only if that program wins. The quest for excellence goes beyond the guts and the glory of the gridiron—it goes into the war rooms where recruiters size up every metric to determine which high-school phenom they want to recruit to the university. Bruce Feldman—FOX Sports College Football Insider—rips the cover off the game’s frenzied pursuit of raw talent, taking you deep inside the SEC war room of recruiting legend Ed Orgeron, the combustible Cajun who helped build national championship teams at the University of Miami and at USC. In a stunning, blow-by-blow account of the year leading up to National Signing Day 2007, the award-winning journalist shadows Orgeron and his Ole Miss assistants as they set about hunting high school students, pleading, plotting, and inventing ways to lure them to their sleepy Oxford campus. Packed with candid confessions and outrageous off-the-field action, Meat Market makes what happens on the field seem almost tame by comparison. MEAT MARKET is a must-read for all college football fans, an eye-opening discovery of what it takes to put their favorite team on the field.
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Opening the XBox

Inside Microsoft's Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution

Author: Dean Takahashi

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 370

View: 3139

"In Opening the Xbox, journalist and gaming-industry expert Dean Takahashi guides you deep into the story of this much-anticipated game console. Through exclusive interviews with top executives at Microsoft, exhaustive research, and a penetrating investigation, he unveils the story behind the development of the project and how it could change the entertainment industry forever."--BOOK JACKET.
Posted in Business & Economics

A Whole Different Ball Game

The Inside Story of the Baseball Revolution

Author: Marvin Miller

Publisher: Ivan R Dee

ISBN: 9781566635998

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 440

View: 8329

Marvin Miller became the first executive director of the newly formed Major League Baseball Players Association. He recounts his experience in dealing with club owners and his success in winning a new role for the players. He helped virtually end the system that bound an athlete to one team forever and thereby raised salaries enormously. formed
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Football

An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Author: Edward J. Rielly

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803226302

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 439

View: 3209

"...provides a detailed look at America's pastime through the lens of pop culture, [an] A-to-Z inventory of how certain aspects of the game affect and reflect broader society."--from publisher description.
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The Grind

Inside Baseball's Endless Season

Author: Barry Svrluga

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399176284

Category: SPORTS & RECREATION

Page: 176

View: 3613

What's it like to live through sports' longest season, the 162-game Major League Baseball schedule? THE GRIND captures the frustration, impermanence, and glory felt by the players, the staff, and their families from the start of spring training to the final game of the year; classy baseball writing in the Roger Angell or Tom Boswell tradition. “There is no sport with an everydayness, a drum-drum-drum beat like baseball,” says Barry Svrluga. Players even have a name for this relentless, unmatchable rhythm: The Grind. Svrluga, a star baseball writer for theWashington Post, wrote a series about the personal toll that baseball takes, with each installment highlighting one cog in the baseball machine. There's The Wife, The Scout, The Starter, and plenty more characters on the field and behind the scenes of baseball. Svrluga's mini-portraits lay bare the constant toil of not just the star players, but a lineup of the supporting cast. This series is THE GRIND, a raw, intimate look at the wear-and-tear nature of baseball. It's a sport like no other, emphasizes Svrluga, and each chapter demonstrates the unique mental, emotional, and physical costs of America's pastime. Built upon material that appeared in theWashington Post, THE GRIND expands on these profiles and includes installments not previously published by thePost.
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Inside the Helmet

Hard Knocks, Pulling Together, and Triumph as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior

Author: Michael Strahan,Jay Glazer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101216958

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2635

Following a magical season that ended in Super Bowl glory, one of the NFL’s biggest stars delivers a no-holds-barred, hardhitting hitting account of life in the league. Michael Strahan is one of the NFL’s most talented players, and he is also one of the game’s most vocal personalities. In Inside the Helmet, Strahan exposes all of the pressure, pain, and glory of life in the NFL, venturing into territory no previous football author has had the nerve to tread. Bringing the reader right into the middle of the action, Strahan recounts exhilarating victories and reveals the hair-raising details of the ruthless grit required for every win. He gives an honest account of the brutality on the field and the myriad injuries from which he continues to suffer. He describes the relationships among teammates (including an account of his well publicized feuding with Tiki Barber), the practical jokes players use to preserve their sanity and the violent blow-ups that occur when the pressure gets too intense, and the challenges of taking orders from head coach Tom Coughlin and his squadron of assistant coaches. Strahan also writes about dealing with the relentless media coverage, rabid and demanding fans, and the struggle to live up to a multimillion-dollar salary. Finally, in two new chapters for the paperback edition, Strahan writes about the ups and downs of a truly sensational 2007 season that saw the Giants overcome the odds to win the Super Bowl. For the millions of rabid NFL fans, Inside the Helmet is an all-access pass into the huddle, the locker room, and the minds of the warriors on the field.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography