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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (550 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Costas Narrator: Bob Costas Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From his perspective as a journalist and a true fan, Bob Costas, NBC's award-winning broadcaster, shares his views on the forces that are diminishing the appeal of Major League Baseball and proposes realistic changes that can be made to protect and promote the game's best interests.

In this cogent--and provocative--book, Costas examines the growing financial disparities that have resulted in nearly two-thirds of the teams in Major League Baseball having virtually no chance of contending for the World Series. He argues that those who run baseball have missed the crucial difference between mere change and real progress. And he presents a withering critique of the positions of both the owners and players while providing insights on the wild-card system, the designated-hitter rule, and interleague play. Costas answers each problem he cites with an achievable strategy for restoring genuine competition and rescuing fans from the forces that have diluted the sheer joy of the game. 

Balanced by Costas' unbridled appreciation for what he calls the "moments of authenticity" that can still make baseball inspiring, Fair Ball offers a vision of our national pastime as it can be, a game that retains its traditional appeal while initiating meaningful changes that will allow it to thrive into the next century. 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dave | 2/16/2014

    " Costas takes on the problem of how to bring fans back to America's game. He made some decent points, especially about playing some playoff games during the day to lure the next generation, but for the most part his words are dated. As it was written in 2000, nowhere does the word "steriods" appear, and in the years since he wrote that has been the thing most purists find most offensive about the game. Costas' heart is in the right place but at this point there's little the game can do to save itself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ak | 1/11/2014

    " only got a few chapters in...his writing voice (unlike his real voice, which I enjoy) is irritating "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/11/2014

    " Bob makes his case... but too slowly to hold the reader's interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Todd | 12/31/2013

    " One of the best books on sports I have ever read. Bob Costas takes some excellent topics in baseball and offers his opinion on how the handle. I thought his ideas were spot on, although I agree with him that many of them will never be considered. A must read for any baseball fan, even if you are not a big fan of him as a broadcaster. "

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