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Circus Maximus

The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup

By Andrew Zimbalist

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Published In: United States, 01 February 2016
Author Andrew Zimbalist looks beyond the headlines of two of the world's most beloved sporting events: the Olympics and the World Cup. In the expanded and updated edition of his bestselling book, Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, Zimbalist tackles the bogus claim that the cities chosen to host these high-profile sporting events experience an economic windfall. He now takes aim at the outrageous FIFA scandal, Boston's bid for the 2024 summer Olympics, and the criticism surrounding the 2015 Women's World Cup.Circus Maximus focuses on major cities like London and Barcelona that have previously hosted these sporting events to provide context for cities like Tokyo and Rio de Janerio, which are currently bearing the weight of exploding expenses, corruption, and protests. Zimbalist offers a sobering look at the Olympics and the World Cup outside of the echo chamber.

About the Author

Andrew Zimbalist earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has been in the economics department at Smith College since 1974 and has been a visiting professor at Doshisha University, the University of Geneva, and Hamburg University. Zimbalist has consulted in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and numerous companies. He has consulted in the sports industry for players' associations, cities, companies, teams, and leagues, and has published twenty-five books.

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Even appropriately jaded readers are likely to be shocked by the evidence ...which reveals the magnitude of the deception that precedes these events and the disappointment that follows. The Economist A remarkable study that exposes the extraordinary chicanery and dodgy dealing behind staging the Olympics and the World CupThe Guardian Anyone in our broad metropolitan region who worries about the development binge that treats our unique area as a mega-mall for paving over, or who worries about the corrupting influence that commercialization has brought to all amateur sports should read this book.The Washington Times A slim yet persuasive book that seeks to set out the "economic gamble behind hosting the Olympics and the World Cup." And it succeeds; indeed, it succeeds to such an extent that the reader can't help but wonder why on earth any vaguely sensible city or country would want to play any part in such an expensive business.SB Nation Circus Maximus ought to be required reading for the city and state officials anxious to bring the Olympics to Boston.The Boston Globe Pssst. Wanna buy a velodrome cheap? Andrew Zimbalist's penetrating examination of how the International Olympic Committee and FIFA have sweet-talked cities and nations into hosting their extravaganzas is absolutely devastating in its ugly detail.Frank Deford, Author and Commentator Sport analytics freaks and millennial's unite! Not to mention lovers of the Olympics and the World Cup. This is a book you will want to read in one sitting. And, speaking of relevance, you can learn major ideas from principles of micro and macroeconomics by reading this book. Anyone who wants to teach these subjects can use "Circus Maximus" alongside any textbook there by teaching very hot applications and making the experience more fun!Deborah A. Freund, PhD, Paul O'Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis Senior Principal Researcher"

EAN: 9780815727248
ISBN: 0815727240
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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