Journals Log In | Journals Account Info

Books Cart  
Journals Cart  
 
 
SEARCH
  
Browse Books

Mother's Day Book Sale
Movie Sale
Holocaust Remembrance Day Sale
Jackie Robinson Sale
Poetry Month Book Sale
New April Books


John G. Neihardt Library
UNP e-Newsletter (PDF version)
Recent Award Winners

Facebook page  Twitter  Pinterest

Connect with Us

American Indian & Indigenous Studies

American Indian &
Indigenous Studies e-catalog

Download PDF

History

History e-catalog
Download PDF

Fall/Winter 2014 catalog

Fall/Winter 2014 e-catalog
Download PDF

Spring/Summer 2014 catalog

Spring/Summer 2014 e-catalog
Download PDF

Potomac Books

JPS

In the Best Interests of Baseball?, In the Best Interests of Baseball?, 0803245351, 0-8032-4535-1, 978-0-8032-4535-8, 9780803245358, Andrew Zimbalist With a new preface and epilogue by the author, , In the Best Interests of Baseball?, 0803253095, 0-8032-5309-5, 978-0-8032-5309-4, 9780803253094, Andrew Zimbalist With a new preface and epilogue by the author, , In the Best Interests of Baseball?, 0803253109, 0-8032-5310-9, 978-0-8032-5310-0, 9780803253100, Andrew Zimbalist With a new preface and epilogue 

In the Best Interests of Baseball?
Governing the National Pastime
Andrew Zimbalist
With a new preface and epilogue by the author

paperback
2013. 286 pp.
20 photographs, 1 table
978-0-8032-4535-8
$24.95 t
 

In the Best Interests of Baseball? is a thoughtful, balanced look at the impact of the ninth commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig, on the sport as well as an examination of the commissioner’s position in a historical context. The more controversial topics Andrew Zimbalist probes include the conflicts of interest arising from Selig’s original role as owner/commissioner; Selig’s response to the persistent steroids scandal; the commissioner’s role in promoting and marketing the sport; player relations and the collective-bargaining agreement; managing explosive conflicts among the owners; the game’s economic challenges; major changes made on Selig’s watch; and Selig’s growing compensation.

Underlying this very public evaluation is a far more challenging question: given the legal, economic, and political architecture of Major League Baseball, can any commissioner act in the best interest of the game? Based on dozens of interviews with Selig, former president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball Bob DuPuy, and scores of baseball insiders and interested outsiders, as well as on mountains of historic baseball documents, In the Best Interests of Baseball? challenges everything you thought you knew about the game, the Major Leagues, the players, the owners, and, most of all, the man at the helm.

This edition includes a new preface and epilogue by the author discussing the developments in the baseball industry since 2005 and anticipating what lies ahead for the national pastime.

Andrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. An award-winning writer, media commentator, and consultant in the sports industry, he is the author of numerous books, including Circling the Bases: Essays on the Challenges and Prospects of the Sports Industry and May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy.

“A compelling examination of the national pastime as seen through the prism of the commissioner’s office.”—Wall Street Journal

“[Zimbalist] gets right to the heart of the game’s survival at the organizational level.”—Boston Globe

“Once again, Andy Zimbalist proves that no one understands the mysterious inner workings of the best game on earth better than he does. With energy, thoughtfulness, and passion, he has parsed the complicated world of baseball and shown how important its business side is to its soul—and survival.”—Ken Burns

“Zimbalist is a consummate and impeccably credentialed outsider, and this splendid book is the real deal. . . . Rational baseball fans will rejoice in this tough but fair view of a decent man in a thankless job.”—John Thorn, editor of Total Baseball

“A book certain to stir debate among sports business experts and fans alike.”—Boston Herald

“Andrew Zimbalist has written an insightful and thought-provoking book that peels the cover off the ball of the position of the commissioner to see the threads inside.”—Maury Brown, Hardball Times


Also of Interest

Imperfect Diamond
Lee Lowenfish


Grasping the Ring II
Gene A. Budig


Last Days of the Rainbelt
David J. Wishart


Busy in the Cause
Lowell J. Soike