The Sports Franchise Game

9780812231212: Hardback
Release Date: 29th April 1995

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 120

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

The Sports Franchise Game

Cities in Pursuit of Sports Franchises, Events, Stadiums, and Arenas

Kenneth Shropshire describes the franchise warfare that pits city against city in the bidding competition to capture a major league team, using interviews with major players to present an insider's perspective on the business side of professional sports.

Hardback / £23.99

Power, prestige, and millions of dollars—these are the stakes in the sports franchise game. In this book, sports attorney Kenneth Shropshire describes the franchise warfare that pits city against city in the fierce bidding competition to capture major league teams. Rigorous research, fascinating interviews with major players, stories behind the headlines, and an insider's perspective converge in this rare view of the business side of professional sports. Shropshire portrays a complex web of motivations, negotiations, and public relations, and discusses examples from Philadelphia, the Bay Area, and Washington D.C.

List of Tables
Foreword, by Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. The Sports Franchise Game
2. Impact Studies and Other Quantitative Analyses: Inconclusive Conclusions
3. The Philadelphia v. Camden Story
4. Shifts in the Bay Area, Part 1: San Francisco
5. Shifts in the Bay Area, Part 2: Oakland
6. The Field-of-Dreams Approach: Baltimore and Indianapolis
7. Washington, D.C.: Longing for the Senators
8. Putting the Pursuit into Perspective: The Value of Sports

Notes
Index

Kenneth L. Shropshire is David Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. He is the author of The Business of Sports Agents, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.