The Business & Politics of Sports: A Collection of Columns

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The Business & Politics of Sports contains over 100 of Evan Weiner's columns written between 1998 and 2005 that describe the power plays, media and political (federal, state and local) connections which rule the 19 billion dollar a year business of sports. At the heart of Evan Weiner's writing lies his belief that "it's great to watch a game and report on it, but democracy deserves more than a box score when it comes to scrutinizing the business of sports." "The public," Mr. Weiner suggests, "needs to be aware of the relationship between politics, government, the media and sports ownership. Americans generally view sports as fans and do not realize how many hundreds of millions of their tax dollars go to big sports." He calls upon editors and TV progrmmers to look at sports as more than an entertainment forum and opines that journalists also need to examine the sports industry because, "in the end, just about every American citizen has some money directly or indirectly invested in the sports industry." In The Business & Politics of Sports Mr. Weiner's columns are divided into ten thematic chapters entitled Business, Colleges, Endorsement/Sponsorship, Labor, Events, Politics, Media, Stadiums, Olympics, and Fans and the Public. Laid out in an easy to read format, they progress in chronological order from 1998 to the present, showing the fascinating evolution of sports business.

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Evan Weiner is a contributing columnist for New York Newsday, the New York Sun, the Orlando Sentinel, Metro Philadelphia, Metro New York, the Washingonton Examiner, and masncb.com. He is a re-occurring guest on "Politics Live" with Sam Donaldson. His radio commentary "The Business of Sports" has aired nationally on a daily basis since June 1999. Mr. Weiner is a participant in several Long Distance Learning and electronic blackboard university classes. A graduate of Ramapo College, he resides with his wife Brenda in Mount Vernon, New York. They are the parents of two grown children.

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