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The playmasters : from sellouts to lockouts-an unauthorized history of the NBA
Ham, Eldon L., 1952-
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Publication Information:
Lincolnwood, Ill. : Contemporary Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiv, 258 pages ; 23 cm
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Central Library GV885.515.N37 H26 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The PlayMasters is the compelling story of the rise of the National Basketball Association as never before told. It reveals decades of behind-the-scenes manipulation and court battles that forged the league and spawned an entertainment juggernaut before its 1998 near self-destruction into a quagmire of egos and money.

Author Notes

Eldon L. Ham is a sports law professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. VII
Introductionp. IX
Part I Survival of the Fittestp. 1
1. Outrageous Fortunep. 3
2. A League Is Bornp. 19
3. Dr. J and the ABAp. 31
4. Squeezing the NBAp. 45
5. Monopoly Warsp. 53
6. The Kansas City Farm Systemp. 71
Part II The Architects of Fatep. 87
7. The Magic and Bird Showp. 89
8. A Changing of the Guardp. 99
9. The Jordan Leapp. 113
10. The Rising Tidep. 125
11. Media Madnessp. 137
12. The Glass Ceilingp. 151
13. The Salary Cap Conspiracyp. 161
Part III Playmasters on Trialp. 173
14. Secret Gamesp. 175
15. Sprewell and the Player Psychep. 189
16. The Superagentsp. 205
17. Battle of the Playmastersp. 215
18. The Seven Sins of the NBAp. 225
Epiloguep. 241
Sourcesp. 245
Indexp. 251

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