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The big leagues go to Washington : Congress and sports antitrust, 1951-1989

Author: David G Surdam
Publisher: Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between 1951 and 1976 the U.S. Congress held a series of hearings to investigate antitrust aspects of professional sports leagues. Congress was concerned about their cartel-like behavior, which included territorial protection, controlling ownership of players, restricting new franchises, and preventing the formation of competitive leagues. Surdam chronicles the key issues in the major hearings and discusses the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David G Surdam
ISBN: 9780252039140 0252039149
OCLC Number: 893454468
Description: viii, 314 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A Brief History of Professional Team Sports --
Economics of Antitrust --
An Overview of the Hearings --
Player Rights (1951 and 1957) --
Closing the Last Vestige of a "Free Market" In Labor (1964) --
Should Antitrust Apply to Sports? (1957 and 1958) --
We Want More Baseball and Football (1959 and 1960) --
Damn Yankees and Relocations (1964 and 1965) --
Professional Sports Team Community Protection Acts (1982 and 1984-1985) --
Professional Sports Teams Grapple with Radio and Television --
Baseball and Broadcasting (1953) --
The NFL's Big Television Score (1961) --
Television Blackout Hearings (1972-1977) --
The Future Arrives Via Cable Television (1989) --
Can't We All Get Along? (1966) --
The Proposed NBA/ABA Merger (1971-1972) --
Conclusion : A Look Back at the Hearings.
Responsibility: David George Surdam.

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"Between 1951 and 1976 the U.S. Congress held a series of hearings to investigate antitrust aspects of professional sports leagues. Congress was concerned about their cartel-like behavior, which included territorial protection, controlling ownership of players, restricting new franchises, and preventing the formation of competitive leagues. Surdam chronicles the key issues in the major hearings and discusses the direct and indirect consequences of them, sometimes through legislation and more often through public airing of the worst practices. The hearings brought into view the conflicting interests of owners, players, labor and property laws, and major and minor league teams, whose locations and success mattered to members of Congress. The hearings led to relocation of ailing franchises, as legislators from the West and South pressed the league into bringing teams into their states. Other hearings affected broadcasting rights and black-outs, the role of leagues versus their individual franchises, player drafts, player unions, league mergers, and the dominance of the New York Yankees. Surdam pays special attention to the economic issues that arose in each case. The success and survival of the major league teams depended in large part of their ability to avoid congressional interference, and adapting to it when necessary"--

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