The Business & Politics of Sports by Evan Weiner

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The Business & Politics of Sports, Second Edition (ISBN: 1-883210-06-2) contains an updated collection of award winning sportswriter Evan Weiner’s columns that span from 1998 to the present; they are categorized into fifteen chapters with introductions.

Evan Weiner has important things to write about. Everybody in America is paying in some way for sports, whether it is through taxes, cable TV bills, tax breaks or incentives. Mr. Weiner not only shows how closely business, politics and sports are interwoven, he has an encyclopedic memory that allows him to include historical background in his articles. Evan doesn’t see himself as brave; rather he does what he thinks a responsible journalist does: research, interview, listen carefully, think, connect the dots and write. Readers benefit from his knowledge and observation.

Since The Business & Politics of Sports first smashed through the insular ivory tower of sports academia in 2005, many colleges and universities have used Evan Weiner’s columns as the basis for class discussion and case studies. Professor Daniel A. Rascher, the University of San Francisco’s Director of Academic Programs, who has hosted Evan’s electronic blackboard classes for the past ten years, believes, “Evan Weiner understands the nexus between politics and the sports industry unlike anyone else. He is able to stir the pot and get at students' passions and emotions about sports, policy, regulation, and politics. His columns and articles are an invaluable resource for any course or program in sport management.”

“In reality, he is probably the most provocative sports writer in the business today,” sums up Thomas P. Rosandich, Ph.D., President and CEO of the United States Sports Academy, which conferred its Distinguished Journalist Award on Mr. Weiner in 2003. “Evan writes on topics that no one else will dare to touch, and he writes them very well. The part that we find to be so exceptional here at the Academy is the amount of research that he does on each and every one of his articles.”

Cooper Union urban historian Fred Siegel, who wrote the introduction to the book’s “Stadiums & Public Policy” opines, “Evan Weiner’s columns are essential public policy reading for those trying to make sense of what is happening with American cities.”

Evan Weiner also has a large following among sports fans, news junkies, political wonks and general readers fascinated to learn something new. Sheldon A. Saltman, former president of FOX Sports, recently remarked, “A bagel, cream cheese and an Evan Wiener column are my breakfast fare. Evan’s wit and cynicism give an offbeat perspective to the rigors of each day. For me, he’s a ‘must read.’"

During the summer of 2010, sports writers brought to the attention of the American public the plight of former NFL players whose lives have been forever changed by brain concussions which they claim have caused permanent physical damage. Mr. Weiner’s extensive July 6th article on NFL 49er George Visger, “The football culture needs to be changed,” has caused quite a stir within the professional football community.
Evan Weiner is a contributing columnist for nhl.com, New Jersey Newsroom, The Daily Caller and The Examiner. He wrote a weekly column for the New York Sun and has written for New York Newsday, the Orlando Sentinel, Metro Philadelphia, Metro New York, the Washington Examiner and msnbc.com, and was a re-occurring guest on “Politics Live” with Sam Donaldson. His radio commentary “The Business of Sports” aired nationally on a daily basis between June 1999 and June 2006. He is a participant in several Long Distance Learning and electronic blackboard university classes, speaks at colleges across the country, and gives talks to civic groups and on cruises.

 

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Published August 24, 2010 by TBE Press, an inprint of TBM Records. 779 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors.

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