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The Baseball Business
Author: James Edward Miller

ISBN: 9780807843239
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 394
Published: 8 May 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.5
Major league baseball is more than pitching, defense, and three-run homers. It is a big business. In recent years at least as much fan interest has focused on the off-the-field activities of players and owners as on the games themselves. James Miller's "The Baseball Business" identifies the issues that have come to the fore during the commercialization of baseball since the 1950s: AAthe changing relationship between the major and minor leagues;
AAthe evolution of one club's management from community to single ownership;
AAincreasingly complex and costly labor relations, especially free agency;
AAthe peculiar relationship of for-profit sports teams with local governments, especially the construction of public stadiums with tax dollars;
AAracial discrimination.

St. Louis Browns owner Bill Veeck's 1953 decision to move his franchise to Baltimore was one of the first significant responses by major league baseball to the difficulties it faced in the years after World War II, and the move ushered in an era of franchise shifts and expansion. The new Orioles franchise went on to build a highly successful farm system at a time...

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