15 Sports Myths and Why They're Wrong

ISBN-10: 0804774366

ISBN-13: 9780804774369

Edition: 2013

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Description: In 15 Sports Myths and Why They're Wrong, authors Rodney Fort and Jason Winfree apply sharp economic analysis to bust some of the most widespread urban legends about college and professional athletics.Each chapter takes apart a common misconception, showing how the assumptions behind it fail to add up. Fort and Winfree reveal how these myths perpetuate themselves and, ultimately, how they serve a handful of powerful parties—such as franchise owners, reporters, and players—at the expense of the larger community of sports fans. From the idea that team owners and managers are inept to the notion that revenue-generating college sports pay for athletics that don't attract fans (and their cash), 15 Sports Myths and Why They're Wrong strips down pervasive accounts of how our favorite games function, allowing us to look at them in a new, more informed way.Fort and Winfree argue that substituting the intuitive appeal of emotionally charged myths with rigorous, informed explanations weakens the power of these tall tales and their tight hold on the sports we love. Readers will emerge with a clearer picture of the forces at work within the sports world and a better understanding of why these myths matter—and are worthy of a takedown.

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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Jason Winfree, Ph.D ., is Associate Professor, Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology's Department of Sports Management at the University of Michigan. Dr. Winfree is a sports economist, whose primary research focuses on professional and collegiate athletics.Mark S. Rosentraub, Ph.D . holds the Bickner Chair in the School of Kinesiology's Department of Sports Management at the University of Michigan. Previously, he was dean and professor at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and an associate dean and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University.

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