Evan Weiner


Evan Weiner is an award winning journalist who is among a very small number of people who cover the politics and business of sports and how that relationship affects not only sports fans but the non-sports fan as well. Weiner began his journalism career while in high school at the age of 15 in 1971. He won two Associated Press Awards for radio news coverage in 1978 and 1979. He was presented with the United States Sports Academy's first ever Distinguished Service Award for Journalism in 2003 in Mobile, Alabama. Advisor to the SUNY Cortland Sports Business Management Program. The United States Sports Academy's 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award.

He is the author of six books ,From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-So-Stern NBA, America's Passion: How a Coal Miner's Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century, The Business and Politics of Sports -- 2005, The Business and Politics of Sports, Second Edition -- 2010 and 2014 Edition: The Business & Politics of Sports. The Stern Years: 1984-2014.

He has been quoted in 22 other books and his words were read into the United States House of Representatives Congressional record: July 14, 2004 - Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, second session.

He was been a columnist with the New York Sun and provided Westwood One Radio with daily commentaries between 1999 and 2006 called "The Business of Sports." He has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows both in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He has been on msnbc, NewsMax, CN8 and ABCNewsNow.

He writes for The Daily Beast about the politics of the sports and entertainment business and has a daily podcast called, The Politics of Sports Business.

Evan speaks on the business of politics of sports in colleges and universities as well as on cruise ships around the world.

In 2015, Evan was featured in the movie documentary "Sons of Ben", the story of how a group of fans got a Major League Soccer team in the Philadelphia, PA market.

Evan can be reached at evanjweiner@gmail.com, https://www.facebook.com/evanj.weiner and @evanjweiner on twitter.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been a working journalist since I am 15, starting in 1971, all of my e-books are from experiences working and being around kingmakers and powerbrokers in sports and in politics and in business. It is pretty easy for me, I am not really a writer in the strictest sense. I am a communicator, whether it is TV, radio or public speaking and my books reflect that. Nothing all that deep just conversations that are repeated from football players, basketball players and people like Rudy Giuliani.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had too many problems with traditional publishers. I found that to be quite frustrating and I do things immediately and 18 month delays are something I don't like. I also know more about my subject than editors.
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MidPoint | Mike Petraglia and Evan Weiner
May 12, 2015 Sports journalist Evan Weiner joins MidPoint to discuss DeflateGate, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots punishment.

Major League Baseball; Boorish Behavior
Major League Baseball has an Alex Rodriguez problem. Alex Rodriguez is having a fairly productive start to the 2015 season and is one home run behind Willie Mays' 660 home runs and when he hits that round tripper, Alex Rodriguez is entitled to a bonus from the New York Yankees. The Yankees franchise ownership doesn't particularly like "the cheater Rodriguez" and would prefer to skip the payment. The petulant and boorish behavior of the New York Yankees is not going unnoticed.

Football business
commentary on Carson and Inglewood and NFL

Why the Brady suspension is Good for the NFL
The National Football League continues to suffer a miserable off season. The NFL was hit with another lawsuit by former players charging the league with pushing painkillers on them.

Sports Fans are shut out of attending games
If you go to a sports bar, you will see many people rooting for there teams in a place they would never have attended years ago. You see those sports bar patrons would have been at a stadium or an arena watching a major league game. But going to a game costs a lot of money and families have to pay a fortune of money for a day at a game. Owners want customers who spend money willingly not fans who scrimp and save.

Putin Thinks America Is Meddling in Soccer
Poor Vladimir, he probably is hoping someone will yell GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! after he score eight in a World Cup game for Russia in 2018

Is the Quebec Separatist Issue Stopping a Quebec City NHL team?
is an old issue becoming an NHL issue?

FIFA Is on the Run
how the mighty has fallen in a week

Belmont Won't Revive Horse Racing
For a day, all of horse racing's troubles will be forgotten from failing tracks to allegations of animal abuse

Fiscal Conservative Scott Walker to Spend Hundreds of Millions of Public Money for a Sports Arena
Scott Walker is no fiscal conservative

Student Athletes Lose Compensation Suit
Judge to student athletes talk to the NCAA over pay

Fan Protection at the Baseball Stadiums is an Issue
Baseball, you better protect the people who actually spend the money you want.

Arizona Politicians Big Losers in Sports Spending
A letter: Dear Arizona politicians your stupidity never ceases to amaze me

Sacramento Arena Won't be an Economic Stimulus
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has sold his city a bill of goods

Scott Walker's Sports Problem
Scott Walker wants a publicly funded sports arena in Milwaukee while slashing money for essential services

Oakland's Sports Facilities Problem
The East Bay and sports, not looking good June 22, 2015

College Sports Long Time South Carolina Flag Issue Boycott
did you know there is a college sports boycott in South Carolina?

Is Fantasy Sports Really Gambling?
so when its suits the ranchers, the owners, gambling on American sports leagues is a good thing

NHL Probably Will Add More Teams Soon
why Seattle is the best market and won't get an expansion team

Does Atlanta need yet another new sports venue?
Atlanta Hawks Ownership Wants a New Building

Is USA Football Dismissing Scientific Data on Concussions?
USA Football chides protective parents and seems to have fallen into that I am not a scientist category and science hasn't settled that issue yet mentality.

And So the Saga of the Arizona Coyotes Continues
If the New York Post says it's so, there it is, the Arizona Coyotes franchise goes to Las Vegas

Golf has a Trump Problem
now you really did you think I forgot about our Presidential candidate?

Falling Canada Dollar Will Create Problems in the NHL
O Canada, money woes will hurt the NHL

Rob Manfred's Serene First Year as MLB Commissioner
All seems well in Major League Baseball right now.

Does Tokyo Have The Yen For The Olympics
Is hosting the Olympics worth it?

Coyotes Stay in Glendale. Politics as Usual?
the unusual wrinkle in the Glendale-Coyote lease

Can ESPN remain competitive going forward?
ESPN's future

San Diego Not Brady NFL Story
Why is San Diego on its hands and knees before the NFL?

Beijing Gets Another Olympics
Beijing wins the unwanted prize, the 2022 Winter Olympics

Goodbye Nassau Coliseum
another public policy failure, the Nassau Coliseum

West Ham Not Paying Rent for Olympic Stadium?
the American virus of taxpayers paying for sports facilities spreads to England

What Megyn Kelly and FOX Should Have Asked
the Kelly debate show failure, an omitted question

San Diego Could Lose the Chargers
The business of the NFL is business.

LA Wants 2024 Summer Olympics
LA wants to join 2024 Summer Olympics bidding

Milwaukee Bucks Open 2015-16 With Huge Win
Walker's signature gives Milwaukee Bucks huge victory

David Denson makes baseball history
David Denson makes baseball history

Players Fault Brady Case in Court
the players stupidity allows Goodell to act the way he does, the NFLPA is a terrible advocate for former and present players

Another former NFL Player Attempted Suicide
another casualty of football

Will the Stock Market Implosion Hurt NHL Expansion Plans?
Has the NHL expansion process been hurt by global markets slumping?

Pac 12 Taking the College Game to China
American College basketball will be played in Shanghai

Will USC Students Help Pay for a 2024 LA Olympics?
will college kids subsidize the LA Olympics?

NFL Shield Not Dented Economically
Despite continuing problems surrounding the business of the NFL, the league isn't losing any money at all and in fact may be more valuable than ever. evanjweiner@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/evanj.weiner https://twitter.com/evanjweiner

Politics of Sports Business April 1, 2016
the tragedy of Qatar

Does Baseball Still Reflect America?
Does Baseball still reflect America? In some ways yes, in some ways no. The American sports landscape has changed and baseball is no longer the dominant sport in the country. On the Fourth of July, it might be a good time to just look at Baseball in the American culture and how it still holds a high place in America's landscape, especially for big business in Congress.

Durant, Bennett and Business
Kevin Durant's image has taken a hit. How could he leave a good Oklahoma City team and sign with a loaded team in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors. But once the fan emotion is taken out of Durant's decision, it is quite clear that Durant did what was best for him, not the fans, just like his former Oklahoma City owner did in 2008.

Evan Weiner talking about his life as a journalist
evan and business

American Athletes Will Be Involved in Zika Study
American Olympians as guinea pigs in Rio

Jerry Jones Is Swimming in Money
It must be good to own a National Football League team. No matter what product you put on the field, you tend to make money from annual TV and stadium revenue and the franchise's value increases annually. If you look at Forbes list of the top 50 sports franchises in the world, 27 of them are in the NFL.

Sports And Sale Out Of Whack
Before Howard Cosell retired, he made it quite clear that he thought sports was out of whack. Cosell made that statement about a quarter of a century ago. But the sports lawyer, entertainer and journalist was just commenting on his times. If Howard was here today, he would have made the same comment with Chris Sale, a minor baseball player lawsuit and the events taking place in Brazil and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Russian Ban Much Ado About Nothing
William Shakespeare or someone who knew him once wrote a play called "Much Ado About Nothing" which was a comedy believed to have been written in either 1598 or 1599. It was a comedy. You can apply the Much Ado About Nothing tag to the saga of the Russia doping scheme. Intially it was thought the Russians would be thrown out of the 2016 Rio Olympics because of the doping scheme. Turns out a handful of Russians won't be going to Rio.

Presidential Debates Have Many Sports Conflicts
Donald Trump, who as owner of the United States Football League's New Jersey Generals pushed for the football grouping to play games in the fall months, has seemingly forgotten just how many days of the week football is on TV. Trump doesn't like the fact that two of the scheduled Presidential Debates are going up against NFL Games. But if Trump and his possible surrogate Newt Gingrich took a closer look at the calendar, they might discover there is more than just NFL brand football on TV.

"I Feel Rather Sorry For Rio"
Ready or not, the Winter of Discontent in Brazil begins with the start of the Northern Hemisphere named Rio Summer Olympics later this week. Is Rio ready? No. But the Games Must Go On!

Sports and Drugs, Illegal Vs. Cheating
Alex Rodriguez has played his last game with the New York Yankees, Russia has been tossed out of the Paralympics in Rio which start in a few weeks. Baseball players in the major and minor leagues have been suspended for drugs. But why is taking illegal substances not a real world crime just a sports world crime. Do sports operators trump local law?

IOC's Big Event Coming Soon, Getting 2024 Host City
Next stop LA? Paris?


The Stern Years: 1984-2014
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,900. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sports business, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Basketball
David Stern began his association with the National Basketball Association in 1966. The NBA of 1966 will never be confused with the NBA of February 1, 2014 when Stern retired after a 30 year reign as National Basketball Association commissioner. By the time Stern retired, basketball was the second most popular sport in the world.
2014 Edition: The Business & Politics of Sports
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 274,960. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sports business, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Economic policy
Sports is a global business. For many it is a game but the real business of sports is business. Sports is powered by governments that make laws which regulate the business of sports. Most nations have Sports Ministers and sports is a government level position and concern. The e-book takes a look at the global sports industry between August 2010 and January 1, 2014 and how the business operates.
The Business & Politics of Sports: A Selection of Columns by Evan Weiner Second Edition
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 246,610. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » City planning
Everybody in America and around the world is paying in some way for sports, whether it is through taxes, cable TV bills, tax breaks or incentives. In a selection of his columns spanning from 1998 to the present, award winning journalist Evan Weiner connects the dots and shows how business, politics and sports are so closely interwoven.
The Business and Politics of Sports
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,040. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball / Essays & Writings
The Business an Politics of Sports contains over 100 of Evan Weiner’s columns that describe the power plays, players, media and political (federal, state and local) connections, which rule the 19 billion dollar a year business of sports. At the heart of Evan Weiner’s writing lies his belief that “it’s great to watch a game and report on it, but democracy deserves more
From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-so-Stern NBA
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,530. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Basketball, Essay » Business
The 21st century version of the National Basketball Association will never be confused with the various leagues that cropped up after Dr. James Naismith came up with a game in the fall of 1891 at a Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA. Dr. Naismith put up some peach baskets and gave 18 players a soccer ball and the game of "basket ball" was born. A century later, basketball was a global sensation.
America's Passion: How a Coal Miner's Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century
Series: Sports: The Business and Politics of Sports, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,140. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby, Essay » Political
The National Football League is the premier sport in the United States. But it always wasn't that way. Author Evan Weiner takes us back to the days when the NFL was a mom and pop store operation with the players and others who witnessed the league's growth first hand. The game started in the coal mines in western Pennsylvania and is a multi-billion dollar business today.

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