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The Resource Making the majors : the transformation of team sports in America, Eric M. Leifer

Making the majors : the transformation of team sports in America, Eric M. Leifer

Label
Making the majors : the transformation of team sports in America
Title
Making the majors
Title remainder
the transformation of team sports in America
Statement of responsibility
Eric M. Leifer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this in-depth look at major league sports, Eric Leifer traces the growth and development of major leagues in baseball, football, basketball, and hockey, and predicts fundamental changes as the majors pursue international expansion. He shows how every past expansion of sports publics has been accompanied by significant changes in the way sporting competition is organized. With each reorganization, the majors have created teams closer in ability, only to expand and energize the public's search for differences between teams. "The phenomenal success of league sports," Leifer writes, "rests on their ability to manufacture inequalities for fans to latch on to without jeopardizing the equalities that draw fans in." Leifer supports his theory with historical detail and statistical analysis. He examines the special concerns of league organizers in pursuing competitive balance and presents a detailed analysis of how large-city domination has been undermined in the modern era of Major League Baseball. Using games from the four major league sports, he then shows how fans can themselves affect the course of competition. In NFL football, for example, fans account for nearly all of the persisting inequality in team performance. The possibility of sustaining inequality among equals emerges from the cross-pressures that fans and leagues place on competition. Leifer offers a blueprint for future leagues, one where teams have detached themselves from U.S. cities and wander the globe sporting corporate identities. He shows how this future form best enables leagues to maintain the simultaneous equalities and inequalities needed to engage international audiences
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Leifer, Eric Matheson
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV583
LC item number
.L45 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Professional sports
  • Sports teams
Label
Making the majors : the transformation of team sports in America, Eric M. Leifer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-371) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
32312170
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 378 pages
Isbn
9780674543225
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95013469
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Making the majors : the transformation of team sports in America, Eric M. Leifer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-371) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
32312170
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 378 pages
Isbn
9780674543225
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95013469
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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