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5.0 out of 5 stars Home run analysis of sports economics, 5 April 2006
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Soccer and baseball enjoy fervent followings and generate wads of cash, so this study of the two games' economics and culture is as welcome as a towering home run (or a nifty goal). Economists Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist compare and contrast the two sports' business models in a way that will fascinate anyone who is interested in athletics or international business. The authors offer a fascinating history of these sports, complete with plenty of telling anecdotes that are sure to enlighten even devoted fans. The only gripe is that the writers sometimes bog down in scholarly phrasing when the reader might prefer more active prose. Still, we recommend this intriguing study to anyone who specializes in sports business - or even just buys a ticket to a game now and then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!, 14 May 2005
Well, Mr Szymanski and Mr Zimbalist, this is simply the most amazing book I have ever read. It is easy to understand, yet is presented and concluded in only a way economists can. It tells a great story of why football is more popular than baseball. It is a wonderful read, Iwould reccommend this stunning read to anyone in this world. 10/10.... absolutely amazing
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