Major League Winners

February 5, 2008
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RosentraubAuthor and former IUPUI dean Mark Rosentraub is writing another book.

This one, titled “Major League Winners,” focuses on the five U.S. cities he thinks have most successfully used sports as an economic development tool.

Those cities are Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; San Diego; and St. Louis. Rosentraub hopes to finish the book this summer.

In 1997, Rosentraub published “Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who’s Paying for It,” a 513-page book that took a critical look at major-league sports operations and the subsidization of professional sports venues and teams by government entities and taxpayers.

Rosentraub, who is now dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, is in the process of researching Indianapolis for the new book.

“I just finished the data collection on Indianapolis, and the downtown development is really spectacular,” Rosentraub said. “The focus of this book is that those [cities] that used arenas and stadiums as a tool for downtown development, win. Those cities that didn’t do that, lose.”

Rosentraub’s preliminary conclusion is that Indianapolis is one of the biggest winners. What do you think?
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  • Rosentraub can be very critical. So praise from him is very encouraging.
  • I'll be interested to see his praise for these cities but especially StL - a city that broke the bank to bring the Rams. That deal set the bar way too high causing others, including Indy, to become Major League Losers by rewarding NFL owners for being NFL owners.

    StL has tied new downtown development to the new Busch Stadium as did Columbus with the Arena district around Nationwide Arena.

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