Playing the Field: How America's Cities Compete for pro Sports Teams

Stanford Continuing Studies

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Stanford Continuing Studies

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The recent relocations of the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors—both with strong local fan support—sent shockwaves through Oakland and raised numerous questions for their new homes. This course will explore what it means for the community and civic life of cities when a sports team comes or goes. Using the Warriors, Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, and others as case studies, we will explore the economic, emotional, and social impact that sports teams have on their hometowns, and consider such questions as: What happens in the geographical tug of war over teams, which includes team owners, league officials, elected officials, and business leaders? How is the economic impact of franchises on their cities calculated and do these values stand the test of time? And why do the fans and employees of departing teams usually have no significant representation in the process? With the basics covered, we will also estimate which teams and cities might be next to experience the challenges of expansion or relocation. Finally, we will delve into how new multibillion-dollar sports venues get financed, and what the substantial and ancillary revenue sources are beyond the teams themselves. This course will be of interest to sports enthusiasts and useful for managers in any industry who face similarly complicated business strategies and numerous conflicting constituencies.

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Andy Dolich

Andy Dolich is currently Managing Director of the U.S. Sports Practice at the global search firm, Odgers Berndtson. Mr. Dolich brings over four decades of executive experience in the sports industry, including C-level positions in the NFL, MLB, & NBA. Mr. Dolich was COO of the San Francisco ...

Daniel A. Rascher

Daniel Rascher teaches, publishes research & consults on sports and entertainment topics. He specializes in economics, finance, industrial organization, antitrust, M&As, valuation, damages, class certification, analytics, econometrics, economic impact, market readiness, feasibility, marke...

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