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Field of Schemes

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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Published April 1st 2008 by University of Nebraska Press
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Aaron Sinner
Jun 05, 2016 Aaron Sinner rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball
Briefly: A diatribe

Pitched as an academic examination of public financing for sports stadiums, Field of Schemes quickly shows its true colors as an attack on such projects. While it is quick to question the motives of those who support stadium projects as wise investments, the book spends more time scoffing at stadium deals than it does proving them failures—even as it sometimes begrudgingly admits stadium projects have corresponded with city revitalizations in places like Baltimore and Clevelan
Jul 06, 2013 Joshua rated it did not like it
I've read enough. even if the authors are correct, they aren't being objective at all. The lowest point was when they used a team owners position in an "antiabortion" group to vilify him.

Usually, if I don't enjoy something, I think "well what was I expecting?" Usually I don't have an answer for that besides "Not that!" This is the rare case where I knew what I expected: there is a chapter in Baseball Between the Numbers that does a great economic analysis of stadium financing and comes up with t
Apr 06, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it
I hate all stadiums now. This is an impassioned plea to stop financing madness. I had read elsewhere that this was the best book on the subject. It is an upsetting read, but not necessarily a great read. The book is very repetitive and reads more like a set of articles pushed together. That said, there is no denying the import of the subject and the book's thoroughness. Finished April 2014.
May 05, 2016 Ken rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book that shows how sports teams' owners take advantage of taxpayers to enrich themselves. It's outrageous and seemingly endless. Marlins Park, which broke ground long after this book published, is widely considered the worst deal ever. It will cost South Florida taxpayers billions--for a team no one bothers to watch.
Feb 17, 2013 Actiondan rated it really liked it
An important topic exhaustively argued. Maybe a little too exhaustively, and repetitively, but worth reading. Consider reading just the first third; after a while you get the idea because the same pattern plays out in city after city, really.
Sean McKenna
Feb 14, 2013 Sean McKenna rated it really liked it
Thorough review of the scam that is public funding of stadiums and arenas. It's incredibly depressing to see how the same tactics are used over and over again to milk cities and states that are desperate for "big city status" out of millions of dollars.
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