• Bad Sports

  • How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love
  • By: Dave Zirin
  • Narrated by: Jones Allen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Funny, engaging, and sharply pointed in his appraisal of the sports complex bankrupting our cities, the celebrated author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States returns with a hard-hitting indictment of big business and the corrupt practices that are ruining the sports we love.When attending a baseball game becomes a luxury reserved for the wealthy few and cities build multi-million dollar stadiums while letting their bridges crumble, the price of sports in this country demands reassessment.

Bad Sports cuts through the hype and bombast to give us a portrait of sports ownership as irresponsible as the financial shenanigans that drove the nation to the edge of economic ruin. From the outrageous use of public funds for stadium construction to the use of these spaces for religious and political platforms, Dave Zirin raises vital questions about misplaced priorities and moral abdications among the politicians we elect and the owners of the teams we root for.Speaking out in clear and passionate terms for the rights of any taxpayer and sports fan, Zirin returns America’s favorite pastimes back to where they belong - in the open and for the people.

©2010 David Zirin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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The book is great but the narrator is awful.

What kind of narrator doesn’t know how to pronounce the author of Ball Four’s name? I have to assume the narrator is not a sports fan or an idiot. Probably both. And why didn’t someone edit that out? Lazy bums.

Beyond the narrator rant, the book is a sad reflection of our society.

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Must listen for those interested in sports future

Fantastic listen. Listened to in August 2019. An older book now, originally released in 2010; the author captures both the time of its writing and many points remain prescient. If you are interested in the future of professional sports this book offers an excellent history of how we got we are and offers solutions to solve problems. Enjoy!!