Players

Players

The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create A Revolution

Book - 2016
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Traces the single-generation transformation of sports from a cottage industry to a global business, reflecting on how elite athletes, agents, TV executives, coaches, owners, and athletes who once had to take second jobs worked together to create the dominating, big-ticket industry of today.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster harcover edition
ISBN: 9781476716954
1476716951
9781476716978
9781476716961
147671696X
Branch Call Number: 338.4779 Fu
Description: 325 pages ; 24 cm

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MikeHanafin
Jul 20, 2018

Excellent book chronicling how money became the driving force in so many sports. But also showing how athletes (with a lot of legal help) turned the tables on team owners and sports governing bodies to start earning big money. Greed plays a big role--team owners had it their way for so long (and some were incredibly stupid) and didn't want to share a nickel with the players--even their superstars. And that greed backfired (the Catfish Hunter vs Charlie Finley fight for baseball free agency is one example). The book also hints that pro sports could face a financial collapse if it doesn't reign in the greed factor.

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