Tuesday, February 22, 2011

E-Book of the Week: Growing the Game

Klein, Alan M. Growing the Game: The Globalization of Major League Baseball. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is becoming an increasingly international enterprise, seeking out talent and business opportunities not only in areas such as Asia and Latin America where the sport is well established, but also in Europe and Africa where interest is still marginal and development is necessary. Indeed, Klein argues that globalization is “imperative” to ensure MLB’s future prosperity, but to succeed it must be a “decentralized global enterprise” and not a form of neo-colonialism. He focuses on the efforts of the Dodgers and Royals, as well as the Commissioner’s Office; his final chapter poses the intriguing question, “When Will There Be a Real World Series?”

Previewed by Jack Ray, Associate Director. Click here to read this book.

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