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Fans of the World, Unite!A (Capitalist) Manifesto for Sports Consumers$
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Stephen F. Ross and Stefan Szymanski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756686

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756686.001.0001

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Diagnosis and Suggested Cure

Diagnosis and Suggested Cure

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(p.24) 2 Diagnosis and Suggested Cure
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Fans of the World, Unite!
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756686.003.0002

This chapter provides a diagnosis of the problem of sports leagues harming consumers. The problem is believed to be caused by the conflict of interest between the sport's best advantage and the club owners. The first proposal is that the sports leagues must be rearranged in such a way that control over the league and the competition is placed in the hands of people who have a financial interest in the overall welfare of the sport and the league, rather than in the hands of the owners, who have a narrow interest in their economic welfare. The second proposal focuses on advocacy for government intervention that would help ensure the league's membership is wholly based on value or merit.

Keywords:   conflict of interest, financial interest, economic welfare, club owners, government intervention, league membership, merit

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