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Power, status, and hundreds of thousands of dollars—these are the stakes within the activities franchise online game. during this booklet, activities legal professional Kenneth Shropshire describes the franchise struggle that pits urban opposed to urban within the fierce bidding pageant to seize significant league groups. Rigorous study, interesting interviews with significant avid gamers, tales at the back of the headlines, and an insider's viewpoint converge during this infrequent view of the company part activities. Shropshire portrays a posh net of motivations, negotiations, and public kinfolk, and discusses examples from Philadelphia, the Bay region, and Washington D.C.

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Cities are not immune from this warfare mentality. " When a sports franchise moves to another city (or threatens to), the reaction of city leaders is similar to that of a country whose army and navy are defecting to the enemy. The very act of raiding a franchise from another city- or successfully defending your home teams from "marauding bandits" -is another way our modern cities use sports franchises to play out warlike competition on an innocuous, socially acceptable level. The community leaders try to justify their actions as being in the economic best interests of the city or region, but their desire to win the battle against the competing city is just as much part of their motivation.

8 million fans during their first year in their new home, and they also performed better on the field. 9 Neither the city nor the franchise could foresee at that point, however, that this success would not go on forever. Little more than a dozen years later, in 1966, the Braves left their Milwaukee home for Atlanta, Georgia. Milwaukee was one of the first cities in this new era to finance the construction of a new stadium to accommodate an incoming franchise. As a result, having lured the Braves and then lost them, Milwaukee and the Braves were the first city-team couple to enter an enchanted partnership that at first seemed to be right out of Camelot; but, just as in the popular musical of that time, the relationship was doomed once a new suitor arrived.

57 The "by reason of" passage destroyed the Seals' standing. 59 The law in 1974 required the Seals, and apparently all other professional sports franchises, not to relocate without league permission. So if a league was not amenable, the pursuit of a franchise appeared to be a waste of municipal funds. Indeed, the National Football League had seen no franchise movements since 1960. As the next chapter sets forth, the saga of the (then) Oakland Raiders football franchise would change all that. Chapter 5 Shifts in the Bay Area, Part Z: Oakland You need some money to give to an owner to [get him to] move his club.

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