Episode 538: Craig Calcaterra, Author of Rethinking Fandom
Craig Calcaterra joins Daniel Ford and Mike Nelson on the show to chat about his book Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game. To learn more about Craig Calcaterra, visit his official website, subscribe to his Substack, and follow him on Twitter. Rethinking Fandom was featured in April 2022's "Books That Should Be On Your Radar." Writer's Bone is proudly sponsored by Libro.fm and A Mighty Blaze podcast.
Craig Calcaterra, "Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game" (Belt Publishing, 2022)
New Books in Popular Culture
Sports fandom isn't what it used to be. Owners and executives increasingly count on the blind loyalty of their fans and too often act against the team's best interest. Intentionally tanking a season to get a high draft pick, scamming local governments to build cushy new stadiums, and actively subverting the players have become business as usual in professional sports. In Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game (Belt Publishing, 2022), sportswriter (and lifelong sports fan) Craig Calcaterra argues that fans have more power than they realize to change how their teams behave. With his characteristic wit and piercing commentary, Calcaterra calls for a radical reexamination of what it means to be a fan in the twenty-first century.Joel Tscherne is an Adjunct History Professor at Southern New Hampshire University. His Twitter handle is @JoelTscherne. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/popular-culture
FanGraphs Audio: Celebrating Opening Day With Matt Bowman & Craig Calcaterra
Episode 969 FanGraphs Audio is here a day early this week in celebration of Opening Day, and we have a pair of great interviews to ring in the season. At the top of the show, David Laurila welcomes Matt Bowman, a former Cardinals and Reds pitcher who is now in the Yankees system. The pair […]
With Opening Day is just a few days away Sara and Danny are joined by Craig Calcaterra to discuss his new book "Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game." There is a sportsbook mid-construction at Wrigley Field less than one year from trading the World Series core, so this is a timely conversation about the sports business and how fans interact with it. We talk about tanking, the CBA, why we all love Greg Maddux and more. In the second half of the show Craig joins us for our NL Central preview where we look at a Brewers team built to win and a Cardinals team that looks uniquely stacked for devil's magic. Finally, we try to figure out the Cubs Opening Day 28-man roster and share one thing we are each looking for on Opening Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode 240 - Fandom Rethunk (with special guest Craig Calcaterra)
This Week In Baseball History
Twenty-six years ago this week, the A's opened at "home" in Las Vegas in front of just 7300 fans. It was an underwhelming experience to say the least. But sports fandom has become complicated by many such disappointments, as Mike and Bill discuss with special guest Craig Calcaterra, author of Rethinking Fandom, who talks about how fans can still fight back against the contemptuous sports industrial complex. Plus, happy birthday to Vic Harris and George Van Haltren.
Craig Calcaterra, Rethinking Fandom: How to beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at its Own Game
Baseball is Back & Craig Calcaterra visits BaseballBiz Baseball team Owners still make money when their teams loseTeams with a payroll of $50 million are guaranteed $65 million in national tv money Social Contract: Fand & Teams - You win & we support you Atlanta Braves and the development of Truist Park & The BatteryAlex Antholpoulos – understands the Social Contract with the playersOwners who wanted to win – Ted Turner, George SteinbrennerMLB owners are finding more revenue outside the stadiumDetroit Tigers – family businesses is Pizza or Baseball making more money for the ownersTexas Rangers & Cleveland Guardians stadium built on public approvalTanking can be beneficial & profitable just ask Houston Astros & Chicago CubsCincinnati Reds have no interest in winning in 2022The Success CycleEmbarrassing product on the field or just a bad teamCraig’s take on Expanded Playoffs MLB, Gambling & micro-bettingRob Manfred 'nuff saidHow we invest into our teams as fansTalent Drain from baseballWe have the power to not let sports negatively impact our livesRooting for a player not the laundry they wear, LeBron James & Wander FrancoCraig Calcaterra, author, upcoming book: April 5th is the publication date for Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own GameCraig’s newsletter “Cup of Coffee” https://craigcalcaterra.com/cup-of-coffee-newsletter/ Craig’s book can be found at Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game https://craigcalcaterra.com/book/Special Thanks to XTaKeRuX for the music “Rocking Forward”
Will Perdue on Bulls' success, Craig Calcaterra on World Series (Hour 2)
Bernstein & Holmes Show
In the second hour, Dan Bernstein and Leila Rahimi were joined by NBC Sports Chicago analyst and four-time NBA champion Will Perdue to discuss the fun Bulls' 6-1 start, expectations being heightened for the team and more. After that, Cup of Coffee newsletter writer Craig Calcaterra joined the show to preview the Astros-Braves matchup in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday evening. Later, Bernstein and Rahimi conducted the Midday Midway, highlighting the wackiest stories from around the world, including the tale of Pole Assassin and her monkey named Gia.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Craig Calcaterra previews World Series, the Bears and a celebration of stupid (Hour 2)
Bernstein & Holmes Show
In the second hour, Dan Bernstein and Leila Rahimi were joined by Cup of Coffee newsletter writer Craig Calcaterra to preview the Astros-Braves matchup in the World Series. He also discussed a labor stoppage possibly looming in MLB this winter and whether shortstop Javier Baez could return to the Cubs in free agency. After that, Bernstein and Rahimi discussed whether the Bears could get reinforcements for their struggling offensive line. Later, they conducted the Midday Midway, taking a look at some of the wackiest headlines and stories from around the world. It included a celebration of stupid.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the second hour, Dan Bernstein and Leila Rahimi welcomed on Cup of Coffee newsletter writer Craig Calcaterra to discuss the latest MLB playoff storylines. After that, Bernstein and Rahimi listened and reacted to new Cubs general manager Carter Hawkins' comments on the Mully & Haugh Show earlier in the morning. Later, they conducted the Midday Midway, highlighting some of the wackiest stories from around the globe.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.