Book details

Publication date: October 2019
Features: 22 B&W photographs, foreword, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Professional Hockey, Sport, Arena, Stadium, Infrastructure, Ice, Decision Making, Tax Payer, Public Policy, Urban, City, Boosterism, Economy, Economic Development, Community, Consultation, Political Process, Advocacy, Profit, Public Private Partnerships, P3, History, Edmonton, Arena Deal, NHL
Subject(s): SPORTS & RECREATION / Hockey, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development, Ice hockey, History of sport, Urban communities, Sports & Recreation, Canadian History, Alberta History, Physical Education and Recreation, Business, Professional Hockey, Sport, Arena, Stadium, Infrastructure, Ice, Decision Making, Tax Payer, Public Policy, Urban, City, Boosterism, Economy, Economic Development, Community, Consultation, Political Process, Advocacy, Profit, Public Private Partnerships, P3, History, Edmonton, Arena Deal, NHL, Professional Hockey / Urban Studies / Economic Development / Sport History
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Jay Scherer is Professor of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation and David Mills is a retired Professor of Canadian history, both from the University of Alberta. Linda Sloan McCulloch was elected and served on Edmonton City Council from 2004 to 2013.

"Power Play is easy to understand, with a clear message: cities set to negotiate with professional sports teams must be aware there is a carefully-crafted playbook designed to attract maximum public dollars for sports facilities..."

Liane Faulder, Edmonton Journal


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"Residents of every city faced with a sports subsidy demand—which is just about every city—can learn from this cautionary tale of how one Canadian city was suckered into handing over taxpayer dollars to make an already-rich hockey team owner even richer."

Neil deMause, co-author of Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money Into Private Profit


“A sobering tale, set out with clarity and detailed documentation. The authors show that cities not only face the unequal economic power of deep-pocketed corporations, but the ‘take it or leave it’ power of a North American-wide cartel, also known as the NHL.”

Bruce Kidd, author of The Struggle for Canadian Sport


“The authors of Power Play illustrate how arena development has been driven by a growth coalition of prominent business leaders, land developers, and wealthy sports team owners.”

John Hannigan, Professor, University of Toronto

Foreword | Richard Gruneau xi
Preface xv
Acknowledgements xxi
Important Terms xxiii
1 Introduction 1
2 Boosting Edmonton 15
Hockey and the Promotion of the City, 1894–1977
3 The Blue Line and the Bottom Line 43
Peter Pocklington, the EIGLP, and the Business of Hockey in Edmonton,
1977–2005
4 Preparing the Political Terrain 67
5 Making the Team 89
6 Power Plays 119
7 Shut Out 139
8 Show Me the Money 167
9 End Game? 191
10 The Beat Goes On 213
11 Head Games 235
12 Lobbying the Province, Slamming Northlands 257
13 The Art of the Deal? 283
14 Conclusion 307
Epilogue 337
The Oilers Get a New Arena, So the Flames Want One, Too
Notes 357
Bibliography 409
Index 419
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