The Business of Sports
A Primer for Journalists, 2nd Edition
By Mark Conrad
Routledge – 2011 – 380 pages
Series: Routledge Communication Series
This book explores the business aspect of sports with an orientation to those topics that are most relevant to journalists, providing the foundation for understanding the various parts of the sports business. Moving beyond sports writing, this text offers a distinct perspective on professional, college, and international sports organizations – structure, governance, labor issues, and other business factors within the sports community. Written clearly and compellingly, The Business of Sports includes cases (historical, current, and hypothetical) to illustrate how business concerns play a role in the reporting of sports.
New features for the second edition include:
Offering critical insights on the business of sports, this text is a required resource for sports journalists and students in sports journalism.
"When compared with the first edition (2005), the second edition of this primer reflects five years of changes in the world of sports. Names change and leagues change, sure, but more to the point--and covered here--are changes related to economics, labor, the law (e.g., property copyright cases as electronic media link the world ever closer), and so on. All these are now required reporting for news organizations."—Recommended in CHOICE, August 2011, J. Marren, Buffalo State College, USA
Preface. Introduction – What Makes Sports a Unique Business? The Structure of Professional Team Sports. The Structure of Individual Sports. The Structure of College and High School Sports. The International Sports System. Sports Contracts. Labour Relations in Sports. Sports Agents. Team Relocation and Facility Issues. Sports Injuries. Drug Testing in Sports. Discrimination in Sports. Intellectual Property and Sports. Traditional and New Media and Sports