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National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball And the Rest of the World Plays Soccer (Anglais) Broché – 24 mai 2006

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This is the story of two great sports. One is "America's game," while the other is "the world's game." Baseball and soccer are both beloved cultural institutions. What draws fans to one game is often a mystery to fans of the other. Despite superficial differences, however, the business and culture of these sports share more in common than meets the eye. This is the first in-depth, cross-cultural comparison of these two great pastimes and the megabusinesses that they have become.In N "ational Pastime, " Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist illustrate how the different traditions of each sport have generated different possibilities for their commercial organization and exploitation. They pay special attention to the rich and complex evolution of baseball from its beginnings in America, and they trace modern soccer from its foundation in England through its subsequent expansion across the world. They illustrate how Victorian administrators laid the foundation for Major League Baseball (MLB) and soccer leagues such as the English Premier League, Italy's Serie A, and the European Champions League. The authors show how the organizers of baseball and soccer have learned from each other in the past and how they can continue to do so.Both sports are rich in tradition. In some cases, however, these traditions --often arbitrary rules established by long-defunct administrators --have obstructed the healthy development of the sport. By studying the experiences of other sports, it might be possible to develop new and better ways to operate. For example, soccer might benefit from greater cooperation among teams as in baseball. On the other hand, MLB could learn from soccer's relegation rules and more open system of ownership, thus avoiding some of the excesses (competitive imbalance, uneven team resources) associated with monopoly.Nat "ional Pastime do"es not advocate the jettisoning of all tradition to adopt wholesale the approach of another sport, of course. In an era of global

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Home run analysis of sports economics 5 avril 2006
Par Rolf Dobelli - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Soccer and baseball enjoy fervent followings and generate wads of cash, so this study of the two games' economics and culture is as welcome as a towering home run (or a nifty goal). Economists Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist compare and contrast the two sports' business models in a way that will fascinate anyone who is interested in athletics or international business. The authors offer a fascinating history of these sports, complete with plenty of telling anecdotes that are sure to enlighten even devoted fans. The only gripe is that the writers sometimes bog down in scholarly phrasing when the reader might prefer more active prose. Still, we recommend this intriguing study to anyone who specializes in sports business - or even just buys a ticket to a game now and then.
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excellent for those interested in the Sociology/history of sport 15 mai 2009
Par R. J. Pendlebury - Publié sur Amazon.com
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excellent for those interested in the Sociology/history of sport.
intelligently written but not light reading.
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Great for international sports fans 30 janvier 2009
Par Timphoto - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved this book. It covers what may seem like some fairly obscure history on the origins of soccer and baseball, but it is fascinating to look at the various social forces that have led to these dominant athletic events.
It addresses a lot of material, including class distinctions, labour rights, unbridled capitalism that adopts regulations to save itself, and national pride.
It is very clever for the authors to make such a readable and indeed entertaining book while still presenting the very serious issues that influenced these "games."
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How good was this? 14 mai 2005
L'évaluation d'un enfant - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book was absolutely amazing. I loved it, an easy read through and through. Szymanski and Zimbalist as economists explain wonderfully why soccer is so much more popular than baseball, and you can understand everything, there was not a weak point. I would strongly reccommend this book to anyone, an amazing read
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Scientific review of history and current settings 30 mai 2006
Par andreas27 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book is a thoroughly written book about baseball and soccer. It provides a lot of background and details to the extent that I sometimes thought that this is too much. You can't possibly memorize all those names and details.

However, the book is a very interesting reading, and if you are not interested in every single detail, some sections can be skipped.

In essence, the book is very interesting and many things can be learned. It is certainly not a light reading just for entertainment but more on the serious side.
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