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BULLS Markets Reviewed in canadian journal of urban research

Duane Rockerbie, Professor of Economics of the University of Lethbridge, recently reviewed Bulls Markets for the Canadian Journal of Urban Research. According to Rockerbie, “The book provides a fascinating case study of how private-public sports infrastructure projects are done. It also demonstrates how a purely economic analysis can underestimate the true costs [of major-league stadium development.]” You can access the review here.



BULLS Markets IS THE NASSH MONOGRAPH of the year for 2019

The North American Society for Sport History named Bulls Markets its 2019 Book (Monograph) of the Year for 2019. A big thanks to the award committee for the honor!

BULLS Markets IS a CHoice Magazine Editors’ Pick for May 2019

Bulls Markets is a Choice360 Editors’ Pick for May 2019! I’m not sure exactly what this means, but it comes with a positive review from Humberto Barreto, Prof. of Economics and Management at DePauw University.



Illinois historical society best of il. history 2019 awards

The Illinois State Historical Society honored Bulls Markets at its 2019 Best of Illinois History Awards with an Award for Superior Achievement in Scholarly Publication. According to the Society, ”this book is an important contribution to Illinois history and the debate over publicly financed sporting venues nationally. As Dinces notes, the financing and tax rebate structures enabling construction of the United Center should be of profound concern, not just to Chicagoans, but to America at large.”

Roosevelt University history department, Apr. 18, 2019

The faculty and undergraduates from the Department of History at Roosevelt University in Chicago hosted me for a talk on parts of the research that went into writing Bulls Markets; and they had a lot of great questions. Roosevelt is an institution with a fascinating history that dates back to the New Deal.

CUPPA Friday Forum, Mar. 1, 2019

I had the pleasure of sharing my findings in Bulls Markets at the March 1, 2019 “Friday Forum” hosted by Ph.D. students and faculty at the University of Illinois Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA). For more about the future CUPPA events, click here.

CSUN SPORTs studies seminar Series, FEB. 22, 2019

The faculty from the Department of Kinesiology at California State University Northridge invited me to present to undergraduates as part of their Sports Studies Seminar Series. I shared my research on how the most recent generation of major-league stadiums and arenas have largely left working- and middle-class fans behind. For more information on the history of the CSUN Sports Studies Seminar Series, click here. On upcoming series speakers/presentations in 2019, click here.


Not Another sports show with neil parthun, Feb. 9, 2019

Really appreciate Neil Parthun having me on Not Another Sports Show, his weekly radio program dealing with the world of sports and politics from a left/progressive perspective, to discuss Bulls Markets. You can access the episode through the web here, or download it directly (.mp3) here.

Seminary Co-op books with Dr. Larry Bennett, Jan. 11, 2019

Thanks to Seminary Co-Op Bookstore at the University of Chicago for hosting Larry Bennett, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at DePaul University, and myself for a conversation on Bulls Markets. And thank you to those who, despite a a frigid night, showed up for the event and bought a copy of the book!

Live from the heartland radio, nov. 10, 2018

Coming soon…

Volumes bookcafe with Miles kampf-lassin, nov. 9, 2018

A sincere thank you to Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park for providing the space for a conversation about Bulls Markets between myself and In These Times editor Miles Kampf-Lassin. And much gratitude to all those who took the time to attend and support a great local bookstore in the Second City.

Live From the Heartland Radio, JAN. 14, 2017

The hosts of WLUW’s Live from the Heartland ask about the article contributed by Chris Lamberti and I to the book Neoliberal Chicago (University of Illinois Press). I am joined by one of the book’s editors, DePaul University Geographer Euan Hague.

uw-milwaukee urban studies fall lecture, Oct. 28, 2016

It was an honor to return to the Badger State to deliver the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Urban Studies Fall Lecture on “Why Building New Sports Stadiums Makes the Rich Richer, and the Poor Poorer.”

UW-Milwaukee Ph.D. student Peter Lund conducted a follow-up interview with me after the talk that addressed a wide variety of issues related to the economics of sports facilities development. You can access a transcript of the interview here.