From the financing of mega stadiums to player strikes to the sponsorship of events by alcohol and tobacco companies, this set covers the spectrum of topics and issues relating to the management and promotion of organized sports, one of the world's largest and most powerful industries.The sports industry is large, visible, and growing, and it has a huge impact on society. That's obvious to diehard fans who not only watch sporting events but buy everything from balls to ties to paperweights with their favorite team's logo. But even sports haters can't escape the onslaught of professional sports: They are asked to chip in as taxpayers to build public stadiums, and their children are, like it or not, exposed to events sponsored by alcohol and tobacco companies, not to mention the juvenile antics of star athletes. Businesses, of course, take a hit in productivity when the Olympics, or World Series or Super Bowl or World Cup, rolls around. Yet most of us love to watch, and play. The Business of Sports takes on this endlessly fascinating behemoth of an industry to make sense of it all.
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