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Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"The Nation's sports columnist Dave Zirin combines the passion of the most rabid sports nut with the intellectual rigor of the most learned Hegelian. This book is a critical account of how rapacious owners are leaching the fun out of sports and how we, the beleaguered fans, can take back the games we love."--Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor, The Nation
"Not since Hunter S. Thompson has a sports writer shown the right snarl for the job."--Naomi Klein
"The only thing I like better than pitchers who throw hard, are writers who do the same. In Bad Sports, Dave Zirin does exactly that. No curve balls, no changeups, just fastball after fastball under the chins of owners who say they love sports but make decisions based on profits for profit, the hell with the fans or the quality of the game. Bad Sports doesn't ask for accountability, it demands it."--Howard Bryant, author of The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron
"Every owners nightmare just came to life. Bad Sports is the book that all owners, general managers, presidents and CEO's of professional sports franchises prayed would never be written. Brilliantly blatant, Dave Zirin separates scandal and innuendo from truth and moral ineptness. Bad Sports proves that although wealthy men in suits may own franchises, they don't own the game."--Scoop Jackson, ESPN
"Hard-hitting, fun, ironic ane informative, Dave Zirin's Bad Sports is a riveting look at sports ownership in our time. Zirin takes on the owners in a way only he can and makes you think about sports in a way you never have. This book makes you laugh and it makes you cry, sometimes in the same paragraph."--Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist, author of Inside Edge and Best Seat in the House
"The smartest and gutsiest sportswriter in America has just written the smartest and gustiest book about sports--and about America"--Robert Lipsyte
"Zirin puts the politics back in sports and makes good sport of the politics. Even if you don't know the difference between March Madness and Spring Break, read this book: it's an original and scathing look at how America works."--Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
"As Dave Zirin says to fans of corporatized sports teams--'There is a time to cheer and a time to seethe.' Zirin seethes and sometimes applauds with facts and true stories. It's more exciting reading Bad Sports than 95% of the games I've watched."--Ralph Nader
"Zirin makes a strong argument that team owners are ruining our storied teams, not to mention the sports themselves."--Booklist
"Bad Sports is a diatribe against the arrogant, the venal, and the block-headed owners . . . I enjoyed every page of Zirin's splashy rant. He is witty, knowledgeable and nasty."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[Zirin] makes an important point. He argues that teams . . . don't belong solely to their owners. Instead, they belong in part to fans." --Financial Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
No professional league is left standing in this solid journalistic account of modern sports franchises and their owners. All of the major team sports in the U.S.--MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL--and soccer in the U.K. are skewered by Zirin's prose. He singles out for abuse--or perhaps they singled themselves out with their ridiculous behavior--such owners as George Steinbrenner, Peter Angelos, Charlie Monfort, David Glass, and Bud Selig in MLB; Clay Bennett, James Dolan, Dick DeVos, and Donald Sterling of the NBA; Dan Snyder and others in the NFL; and Tom Hicks who bought the Liverpool FC soccer club but also owns the MLB Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars of the NHL.
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The first ever sports editor for the Nation magazine steps up to the plate and delivers a real winner. This book is a must read! I am not personally the most hard core sports fan, but I've eagerly read all of Zirin's previous books and they make great gifts for the politico or sports fan in your family. Bad Sports does not disappoint.
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The central theme of the book - the preferential loopholes provided to franchise owners and the detrimental effect it may have on their motivation to build better sport teams as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by average
Never read Zirin before -- I love his writing, his sensibility, his view of the big picture. I think he's THE sports writer for this generation!Published 17 months ago by DAS
Had high hopes for this book until chapter 2. That's when I realize the author is using his work to preach his political agenda. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by The Truth Hurts
I was hoping for a more rational, intellectual discussion. The first chapter or two was interesting, but the author's sensationalistic tone got old fast. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by M. Gilmartin
I bought this to help my daughter with a college assignment. The author is comically unconcerned with factual accuracy or even general truthfulness.... Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by the.muser
Zirin isn't so much polarizing as he is more of just a biased writer trying to nitpick people and situations to somehow bolster preconceived notions he has. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by LazloKovacs
Bad Sports is the 188-page rant of a left-wing Jewish Democrat insulting corporate Protestant Republicans. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by GA Russell
In hearing an interview with the author, I was excited to read the book and see actual data - how the stadiums affected taxes, dates on votes for when funding was given for teams... Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Mark C. Fisher
nothing much to say, was a product i purchased for school and it was received quickly and in great conditionPublished on June 9, 2013 by Buyer of Product