This volume takes readers inside the high-stakes game of public-private partnerships for major league sports facilities, explaining why some cities made better deals than others, assessing the best practices and common pitfalls in deal structuring and facility leases, as well as highlighting important differences across markets, leagues, facility types, public actors, subsidy delivery mechanisms, and urban development aspirations. It concludes with speculations about the next round of facility replacement amidst rapid changes in broadcast technology, shrinking domestic audiences, and the globalization of sport.

chapter |16 pages

1 Introduction

Cities, Sports Facilities, and Public/Private Partnerships

chapter |30 pages

2 Moving Towards Partnership

Public Participation in Financing Major League Sports Facilities, 1900–2010

chapter |33 pages

3 Full Count

A Model for Estimating Public Costs in Sports Facility Deals

chapter |51 pages

4 Uncounted Costs and Unequal Partnerships

The Real Cost of Public Funding for Major League Sports Facilities

chapter |22 pages

5 A League of Their Own

Public Participation in Sports Facilities Deals across MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS

chapter |25 pages

6 Who's on First?

The Changing Composition of Partners and Funding Sources in Major League Sports Facility Deals

chapter |19 pages

7 Making Better Deals

Learning from Public/Private Partnerships for Major League Sports Facilities