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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Economic Boon or Boondoggle: Professional Sports Teams and American Cities

The purpose of this report is to examine the costs and benefits to cities associated with attracting or keeping professional sports franchises. The elements contained in this report include (1) a description and analysis of the "psychological" benefits of hosting a professional sports team; (2) an examination of sports as business; (3) an analysis and conclusions regarding previous academic studies of the economic impact of professional sports teams on their host cities; (4) a description of citizens' opinions regarding municipal investment in professional sports; and (5) conclusions and recommendations regarding the costs and benefits to cities to host professional sports teams.

--Author's foreword.