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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books; Rev Exp edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803260164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803260160
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A thoughtful and comprehensive examination of the curious issue of love and money in sport.”—Frank Deford, Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated and author of The Entitled
(Frank Deford)

"In exposing the template used by greedy owners and corrupt politicians, the authors have provided a great service for concerned public officials and fans who no longer have to sit in silence."—Christopher Keshock, NINE
(Christopher Keshock NINE)

Field of Schemes is a superb work of investigative reporting and righteous indignation. The fan pays twice: once for the stadium and again for the ticket to get into the stadium. If enough fans read it, we could break this cycle.”—Allen Barra, sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of The Last Coach: A Life of Paul “Bear” Bryant
(Allen Barra 2007-03-21)

“This is as crystal clear as it gets. Field of Schemes shows exactly how your tax dollars end up in the pockets of sports team owners and players in our fake democracy.”—Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four and Foul Ball
(Jim Bouton 2007-03-21)

“A well-written and poignant analysis of America's stadium mess.”—Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College, and author of In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig
(Andrew Zimbalist)

“If this book had been around for the Greeks to read, they would have learned that they should’ve billed Troy for the horse.”—Molly Ivins, newspaper columnist, political commentator, and best-selling author
(Molly Ivins)

About the Author

Neil deMause is a Brooklyn-based journalist who writes regularly for the Village Voice, Extra!, and Baseball Prospectus and runs the stadium-watch Web site fieldofschemes.com.
 
Joanna Cagan is a teacher and writer in New York City. She has written for numerous publications, including the Village Voice, the New York Times Magazine, and Interview.

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Good read, important book.
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The decision and rationale for the decision is in the record and it makes it very difficult for any further consideration.
Paul Krupin
Excellent book that debunks the myths that sport's stadiums and arenas are good investmens for public tax dollars.
Michael Ted Williams

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ted Williams on September 24, 2013
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Excellent book that debunks the myths that sport's stadiums and arenas are good investmens for public tax dollars.The citizens of Minnesota,Sacramento, and Atlanta should read this work as they are in the process of getting fleeced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Walter on November 10, 2012
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Our City is proposing a 50/50 public private arena to which most residents are opposed. This book was a wonderful insight into how team owners con the public into paying for their dreams. It was enlightening to read the 6 steps that owners use and then relate them back to the tactics our arena supporters are using, textbook! (slightly dated but the principles remain the same)

I bought this for a specific reason but I recommend it to anyone anywhere that a team is asking for public money to fund stadiums etc. As a Kindle download the $9.99 was a reasonable price for a fascinating read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Krupin on April 24, 2012
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We had a local baseball association try to get permission from the local school board to give them more than 50 percent of the school property for a baseball field expansion. The tactics in this book helped us persuade the school board not to decide in the associations favor. The decision and rationale for the decision is in the record and it makes it very difficult for any further consideration. Thank you!
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As a former avid sports fan I can say that my feeling for professional sports changed when "revenue streams" became part of the conversation. This is the first book I have read on the topic of public subsidies for stadia. I have lived long enough to not be surprised by much but the hypocrisy of the politicians is once again in the forefront of this issue.

And one would think that the "free market" billionaire owners of professional sports teams would reject feeding at the public trough as creeping socialism. It's simple selfish greed and the ease with which the politicians roll over is appalling.

I live in Minneapolis and so Art Rolnick of the Minneapolis Fed is our voice of reason...I'm so glad the authors reference his idea - just treat public subsidies as income and tax it accordingly. It is too late for Minneapolis, however, a new Vikings stadium was just approved last fall, even though legal prohibitions were in place to prevent public subsidies over $10 million.

I'm a bit exhausted by this book but the best thing is that it offers strategies and lessons to fight these "free market" parasites who own professional teams and to hold these political hypocrites accountable.
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By Frank Rizzo on May 3, 2014
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It is shocking to read how much public money has been squandered in the pursuit of public funding to support billionaire team owners.
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The book details case by case how professional sports teams have fleeced and extorted taxpayers time and again in the U.S. and Canada. It does not address these issues overseas or even in Mexico.

If anything it gets a little tedious because they exhaustively document so many of these swindles but this adds a nice completeness to the story. Good read, important book.
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