Salary arbitration and related information:
||REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS FOR FALL 2010:
(The many additional course readings will be posted on the ANGEL page for this course.)
- J.C. Bradbury. The Baseball Economist: The Real Game Exposed.
2008. Paperback. ISBN-10: 0452289025.
(The 2007 hardback edition,
published by Dutton/Penguin, is also acceptable.
- Robert F. Burk. Much More Than a Game: Players, Owners, and American
Baseball Since 1921.
The University of North Carolina Press, 2000 or
2001. Paperback. ISBN-10: 0807849081.
- Andrew Zimbalist. The
Bottom Line: Observations and Arguments on the Sports Business.
University Press, 2006. Paperback. ISBN-10: 1592135137.
Some baseball and general links that may prove helpful in researching
your debate topics
Still more baseball links:
(but keep in mind that they are complements to,
not substitutes for, the course textbooks and reading packet):
From past semesters: Featured baseball/economics columns and articles
(featured articles for this semester will be on the ANGEL page):
- Some suggestions for improving the World Series and by extension the game's long-term customer base, from Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated (cover story, 10 Nov. 2008)
rides the gravy train, but a lot of people expected the recession
to ultimately take its toll on free agents in winter 2009 (ESPN, 11 Dec. 2008)
- Baseball salaries increased to $2.9 million in 2008, but the rate of increase was the slowest in four years (5 Dec. 2008)
- The Mitchell report on steroid use in MLB, one year later (ESPN, 26 Nov. 2008)
- The supposedly
privately funded new stadiums for the Yankees and Mets will
cost taxpayers about $1 billion in infrastructure improvements,
tax breaks, etc. (New York Times, 4 Nov. 2008)
- A list of the Top 50 free agents of last winter (2008-2009)
- Many of the free agents on this Top 50 list from 2004
could be used as lessons against giving out big multi-year deals to
free agents. (There are some success stories in there too,
- Commissioner Bud Selig tells the owners not to get too "cocky" in raising ticket prices
- Jim Caple of ESPN.com (aided by a lot of quotes from Ball Four author Jim Bouton) says Marvin Miller belongs in the Hall of Fame
- Michael Lewis of Washington University says MLB's revenue-sharing plan has backfired and says he's got a better alternative ("Baseball's Losing Formula," New York Times, 3 Nov. 2007).
- Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated has a great idea about how to tweak MLB's wild-card system
to make the game's playoff races more meaningful, which could only help
the demand for the game down the stretch ("Pure Fiction: Debunking the
Biggest Myths of MLB's Wild-Card Era," SI.com, 25 Sept. 2007).
Last revised on 5 August 2010