Rosentraub headed to Michigan

July 8, 2009
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rosentraubAuthor and former IUPUI dean Mark Rosentraub is on the move. Rosentraub is leaving his post as dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University to take a post with the University of Michigan.

Rosentraub, who spent 12 years at IUPUI followed by eight years at Cleveland State, will be an endowed chair in sports management at Michigan. He officially begins Sept. 1, but Rosentraub said he is moving to Ann Arbor this week.

In 1997, Rosentraub wrote “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 operations and the subsidization of professional sports teams and venues by government entities and taxpayers.

Rosentraub, who still maintains a residence in Indianapolis, recently completed “Major League Winners,” a book profiling five cities that have successfully used sports as an economic development tool. The cities profiled in the book expected to be published later this year are Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, San Diego; and St. Louis.

While researching his most recent book, Rosentraub said he uncovered some interesting findings about Indianapolis. He said the city has put itself in a position where it must continue to broker sports deals to maintain its standing among major U.S. cities.

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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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