Bibliographic Details

Joining the clubs : the business of the National Hockey League to 1945 / J. Andrew Ross.

Author / Creator Ross, J. Andrew, 1971- author.
Edition First edition.
Imprint Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2015.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 442 pages) : illustrations, map
Language English
Series Sports and entertainment
Sports and entertainment.
Subject National Hockey League -- History.
National Hockey League -- Management.
National Hockey League.
Hockey -- Canada -- History.
Hockey -- United States -- History.
Hockey -- Economic aspects.
Consumption (Economics)
GAMES -- Gambling -- Sports.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Business Aspects.
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Sports.
HISTORY -- General.
Consumption (Economics)
Hockey -- Economic aspects.
United States.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format E-Resource, Book
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Varying Form of Title Portion of title Business of the National Hockey League to 1945
ISBN 9780815652939
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-414) and index.
Summary How did a small Canadian regional league come to dominate a North American continental sport? Joining the Clubs: The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945 tells the fascinating story, offering a play-by-play of cooperation and competition among owners, players, arenas, and spectators that produced a major league business enterprise. Ross explores the ways in which the NHL organized itself to maintain long-term stability, deal with its labor force, and adapted its product and structure to the demands of local, regional, and international markets. He argues that sports leagues like the NHL pursued a strategy that responded both to standard commercial incentives and to consumer demands for cultural meaning. Leagues successfully used the cartel form--an ostensibly illegal association of businesses that cooperated to monopolize the market for professional hockey--along with a focus on locally branded clubs, to manage competition and attract spectators to the sport. In addition, the NHL had another special challenge: unlike other major leagues, it was a binational league that had to sell its sport in two different countries. Joining the Clubs pays close attention to national differences, as well as to the context of a historical period characterized by war and peace, by rapid economic growth and dire recession, and by the momentous technological and social changes of the modern age--page 4 of cover.
Other form Print version: Ross, J. Andrew, 1971- Joining the clubs. First edition 9780815633839