Andrew Zimbalist and Chris Dempsey
present their new book
No Boston Olympics:
How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch
In 2013 and 2014, there was a plan to bring the Olympics to Boston. It was backed by some of the city's most prestigious and powerful figures, and Boston actually won the bid. What the public wasn't told was that the project would cost billions for venues constructed only for this purpose, and that taxpayers would be on the hook for cost overruns. Chris Dempsey and others formed a grassroots organization called No Boston Olympics, which was so successful in mobilizing opposition to the plan that Boston ultimately declined to host the games. No Boston Olympics tells this story and offers a blueprint for those looking to challenge Olympic bids in other cities.
Andrew Zimbalist is Professor of Economics at Smith College, and a renowned expert on the economics of sports. He has written numerous books on the subject, including May the Best Team Win, Circling the Bases, The Sabermetric Revolution, and Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.
Chris Dempsey is a former Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts, and the co-founder of No Boston Olympics. He was named Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe Magazine in 2015. He was recently named director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a non-profit coalition of 50 organizations focused on transportation policy.