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Fans of the world, unite! : a (capitalist) manifesto for sports consumers

Author: Stephen F Ross; Stefan Szymanski
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. Stanford Economics and Finance c 2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fans of the World, Unite! investigates how American sports leagues are currently operating in the best interests of their owners but not of fans. This book offers a set of practical pro-competitive  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen F Ross; Stefan Szymanski
ISBN: 0804756686 9780804756686
OCLC Number: 845277731
Description: VIII, 221 Seiten 24 cm
Contents: Contents Chapter One: How Sports Fans Are Exploited A Sports Fans' Manifesto Our Book, in a Nutshell Sports and the Public Trust The Inefficient Monopolists Tax Subsidies and Restricted Entry Ticket Prices Television Blackouts Labor Market Restraints Operating the Club: Management and Ancillary Sales Chapter Two: The Diagnosis and Suggested Cure Our Two-Fold Remedy Conflict of Interests Between Interests of the League and Interest of the Owners Recognizing the Conflict: The Commissioner and Regulation of "Integrity" Issues Beyond the Commissioner Chapter Three: Competitive Balance Chapter Four: Borrowing from Nascar: An Independent Competition Organizer A primer on the Economics of "Contest Theory" NASCAR's Origins NASCAR's Development (a) The perception of the "stock car" race (b) Incentives for best performance (c) Sponsorships (d) Expanding national appeal (e) Television appeal Sleeping Dogs: The Absence of NASCAR Restraints on Entry and Labor Competition The Exception That Proves the Rule: Selection of Nextel Cup Sites A Few Caveats Chapter Five: Borrowing from Soccer--Entry by Merit Origins of the Structure of a "Closed" League Problems with the Closed League Format and Entry-by-Merit as a Solution How Entry-by-Merit Works in Soccer Origins of Entry-by-Merit in English Soccer Weighing Objections Objection #1: competitive imbalance Objection #2: quality of major league play Objection #3: feasibility Chapter Six: How a Restructured Sports League Would Work Setting It Up Who Does What? The Relationship Between the League and the Clubs Introducing Promotion and Relegation to The Major Leagues The Labor Market and Incentives TV and Media Ticket Prices Marketing Initiatives Chapter Seven: Comparing This Proposal to Other Remedies for Monopoly Power The Inadequacy of Antitrust Law to Protect Sports Fans Direct Government Regulation Break Up the Monopoly Leagues Potential Need for Additional Regulation Continuing Application of Antitrust Laws to Re-structured Sports Entities Chapter Eight: Half-Loaf, Still-an-Improvement Compromise Suggestions The Limits to Voluntary Reform The Commission System The Commissioner as the "Coase-buster" Commissioner as Volunteer Cheerleader Chapter Nine: Conclusion: Fans, What We Can Imagine! The Case of the Frustrated Billionaire The Case of the Compromising Monopolist The Case of Mayors with Backbone The Case of the Fed-Up Commissioner The Case of the Imperialist Media Baron The Case of Fans Arising Notes Index
Responsibility: Stephen F. Ross; Stefan Szymanski

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