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Andrew Zimbalist and Chris Dempsey Present No Boston Olympics Friday, May 19 at 7 pm

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 RevolutionCircus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup, and Unwinding Madness: What Went Wrong with College Sports and How to Fix It.


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.


Event date: 
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Broadside Bookshop
No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781512600582
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Foreedge - May 2nd, 2017