• Will Big League Baseball Survive?

  • Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports, and the Future of Major League Baseball
  • By: Lincoln Mitchell
  • Narrated by: John N Gully
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-27-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (5 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Major League Baseball is a beloved American institution that has been a product of the economic, social, and media structures that have evolved in the United States over the last century. In his shrewd analysis, Will Big League Baseball Survive?, Lincoln Mitchell asks whether the sport will continue in its current form as a huge, lucrative global business that offers a monopoly in North America - and whether those structures are sustainable.
Mitchell places baseball in the context of the larger, evolving American and global entertainment sector. He examines how both changes directly related to baseball - including youth sports and the increased globalization of the game - as well as broader societal trends such as developments in media consumption and celebrity culture will impact big league baseball over the next few decades.
His book ultimately proposes several possible scenarios for what big league baseball might look like. Will it become more global, smaller, or remain the same, or will it transform into some kind of hybrid of the three?
The book is published by Temple University Press.
©2017 Lincoln A. Mitchell (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A book that all serious fans should read - and the league's commissioner, perhaps, most of all." (Sam Miller, co-author of The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team)
"Mitchell lays out compelling scenarios for what MLB's future might hold...essential reading."(Rob Neyer, author of Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Casey on 08-21-17

Timely Question

There is no question that baseball will still be played in 20 years. The question is what will baseball look like at the highest level?

Will Big League Baseball Survive looks at that question by first looking at how we got to the game we have today and then by examining the problems, changes and other issues that Major League Baseball will have to deal with over the next few years. As the book points out, we might not have to wait too long to see which direction the game is headed as the next TV contract cycle is in 2021 and that will be pivotal.

I can't give the book 5 stars though because early in the text, it states at one point that the Atlanta Braves won the 1995 world series in 7 games when any self-respecting Braves fan like myself knows they won it in 6. It may just be one small error but when something like that happens, it does make one wonder what else might be wrong and even if absolutely nothing else is wrong the fact that you had to think of the question is troubling enough.

This was an easy book to listen to despite the fact it took me a few days to get through.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review and that had no baring on my opinion of the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-04-17

Very interesting look at the Bigs!

I learned a lot throughout this read that I had not been previously aware of. Since my son will be playing college ball and is in the midst of the recruiting process, it has been eye opening. Excellent narration by John Gully!

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