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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,651 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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1 of 1 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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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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By AJ on August 23, 2013
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The book is a must read for any taxpayer who may see one of these objects subsidized in his or her city or anyone who hates to seeing rich business men receive subsidies because "they can't make money." Even though the book is a couple years old, and the stories in it are older, it is unfortunately still as relevant today as it was when it was written and it will probably be relevant to for decades to come. As an economist, I was though I would get more technicalities about how promoters justify the costs against benefits, but it was not in the book. That being said, the narratives the authors create and tell are much more interesting and kept me reading. The New York City chapter is quite depressing, but the book ends with a incredible tale of Fenway park. Finally, I found this book through one of the author's blogs which goes by the same name, Field of Schemes. I would recommend that as well.
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