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Expert on sports economics to speak as part of Minerva Lecture Series



Economist Andrew Zimbalist, one of the leading authorities on the political economy of sport, will speak Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:45 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

His talk, “The Olympics and the World Cup: Who Wins? Who Loses? The Political Economy of Hosting Sport Mega Events,” is part of the Minerva Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.

Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College, is the author of 21 books. Among them is Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change (with Nancy Hogshead-Maker); In The Best Interests of Baseball: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig; and Unpaid Professionals: Commercialization and Conflict in Big-Time College Sports.

He has also been a consultant to major league sports teams and players associations.

Before the lecture, Zimbalist will speak at Breazzano House from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on “Vexing Issues in the Economics of Sports.”Zimbalist’s visit is sponsored by the programs of Athletics, Asian, WGS, LACS, Interdisciplinary and Core Curriculum; and the departments of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology.