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The Business & Politics of Sports, Second Edition $9.99
An e-book By Evan Weiner

Everybody in America 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.

Daniel A. Rascher, Ph.D., Director of Academic Programs at the University of San Francisco, who has used Mr. Weiner’s columns in his electronic blackboard classroom for the past five years, notes, "Evan Weiner understands the nexus between politics and the sports industry unlike anyone else. Evan is able to stir the pot and get at students' passions and emotions about sports, policy, regulation, and politics. His columns and articles are an invaluable resource for any course or program in sport management."

The Business & Politics of Sports, Second Edition $9.99
An e-book By Evan Weiner
Upon successful checkout, ebook will be sent via email to you.

Sample Articles [PDF]
Should a College Coach Be the Highest Paid State Employee in Connecticut?
Jack Kemp, A Sports Business Force RIP
Note to World Leaders - The IOC is Not a Sovereign State
The Football Culture Needs to Be Changed

With introductions written by Mr. Weiner, the fifteen chapters in The Business & Politics of Sports are titled,

  • Business
  • Colleges
  • Labor
  • Events
  • The Economy and the Recession
  • Politics
  • Politics in Arizona
  • Katrina, New Orleans & Mississippi
  • Media
  • Stadiums & Public Policy
  • Globalization
  • Olympics
  • Women and
  • Fans.

The last chapter with an introduction by Tanya Bickley is entitled "Miscellaneous Articles the Publisher Loves."

Professor Fred Siegel, author of The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York, and the Genius of American Life, is a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute where he focuses on urban policy and politics. He believes, "Evan Weiner's columns are essential public policy reading for those trying to make sense of what is happening with American cities."

From an article entitled "Another politician wants to fall for the sports as an economic engine mantra," Evan Weiner writes, "Those jobs you think you will create have no lasting value. They will be per diem work for a few parking lot attendants and vendors. If the town of Ramapo builds the stadium, the town would probably use Department of Public Works’ employees to work at the stadium on maintenance and ground crews. The team will hire just a handful of employees at minimum wage or slightly above to do some promotions. If the town finds the money to build a place, an owner because of the loophole created by a 1986 federally tax code revision can keep as much as 92 percent of the revenues generated in the stadium with the town using the other eight cents to pay down. The town could find other sources of revenue by imposing a hotel-motel tax, but that is a problem with a paucity of rooms in the area. They could also raise car rental taxes, but Ramapo is a bedroom community not a destination area so that is not a good alternative. In New York, where the state is in deep financial trouble, raising taxes to build a stadium that might be used 70 days annually would not be a smart move."

"A bagel, cream cheese and an Evan Wiener column are my breakfast fare," says Sheldon A. Saltman, former president FOX Sports. "Evan’s wit and cynicism give an offbeat perspective to the rigors of each day. For me, he’s a "must read."

Here’s the kind of writing Shelly Saltman is talking about. Take a look at the opening paragraph of "Janet Jackson, not Michael Jackson had more influence on American Society"

"When all is said and done about Michael Jackson, it will be clear he was a talented musician and dancer who sold a lot of records and made some interesting music videos; but it is unlikely that Michael's legacy will have more of an impact than his sister Janet. This is not meant as a slight, but the reality is that Janet Jackson has left a greater impression on American society than her brother. Without Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas on February 1, 2004, Americans would be getting "live" over-the-air radio and TV, warts and all, since over-the-air radio and TV station owners would not have to worry about being fined for indecent programming, whether it is a visual or something said."

Not a single loyal reader of Evan Weiner columns would ever accuse him of writing fluff pieces. However, they would attest to his code of journalistic honor which includes the dictum that it is the role of the fourth estate to bring to the public’s attention defenseless people who need defense.

In the opening paragraphs of Evan Weiner’s July 6, 2010 column entitled "The football culture needs to be changed," he wrote, "George Visger thought he had it all when he was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the National Football League draft in 1980. Visger had it all mapped out. He was going to play for five years and then hunt and fish for the rest of his life.

It would be an ideal life. But to players the initials NFL don't stand for National Football League. They mean "Not For Long" and Visger, like many others, didn't understand that aspect of pro football when he started his journey to make the Jets squad.

The Jets coaching staff seemed to like Visger. But there was a problem; Visger was an undersized defensive lineman at 259 pounds when he arrived at mini-camp. But there was a solution called steroids, which were legal and easily obtainable. When Visger returned for Jets training camp at Hofstra University he was 275 pounds. The supplements which included Dianabol, Anavar helped an awful lot and Visger started one pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers where he lined up against his idol, Steelers center Mike Webster. But Visger wasn't good enough and Jets coach Walt Michaels sent him packing.

It is the beginning of the end for Visger's dream, life and the start of a nightmare that continues to this day…"

Thomas P. Rosandich, Ph.D., President & CEO, United States Sports Academy, sums up, "Evan Weiner is a uniquely talented writer with an amazing ability to put everything together for the reader. With his astonishing knowledge of and insight into the sports marketplace, he is able to investigate and simplify complex story lines through his award winning journalism. He is a strong voice and an expert in his field."

Evan Weiner contributes articles for examiner.com, thedailycaller.com, newjerseynewsroom.com and nhl.com’s "Off the Wall." He was a sports columnist and on air host with mcnsports.com from 2007-2009 and wrote daily commentaries for Westwood One Radio Network from June 1999 to June 2006. Mr. Weiner speaks at colleges and civic associations nationwide and participates in several Long Distance Learning and electronic blackboard university classes.


"The Sky Is Gray" by Ernest J. Gaines - $5.00
A stand-alone version for middle school readers, age 10 to 14
Please contact TBE Bookstore for volume discount:   (20 or more copies)

"The Sky Is Gray" by Ernest J. Gaines from Bloodline, a collection of short stories by Mr. Gaines.  This is a stand-alone version, published for middle school readers, age 10 to 14.

"The Sky Is Gray" is a story that takes place on a wintry, sleet/rainy day in rural Louisiana of the 1940s when a mother and her eight-year-old son walk to town so that he can have a tooth pulled.  In every person’s life, there comes a day of transition—a time to leave childhood and begin the journey into maturity.  "The Sky Is Gray" tells the story of a young boy who must face his turning point much earlier than most.  As the oldest son of his widowed mother, James must become the man of the house.  Set in the old South, cultural traditions bring added challenges.

The last pages of this edition contain "Activities & Questions for Discussion," "A Glossary of Cultural Dialect (of the 1940s)," and a short backgrounder about Mr. Gaines.

The Sky is Gray
A stand-alone version for middle school readers, age 10 to 14
Cost: $5.00 (Tax of 6% added to CT residents)

 Teacher’s Guide and Activities for "The Sky Is Gray" -  $15.00
Compiled and written by Harriet Maher and Geraldine Ortego with a special Newspapers in Education section by Judy Broussard

Teacher’s Guide and Activities for "The Sky Is Gray," compiled and written by Harriet Maher and Geraldine Ortego with a special Newspapers in Education section by Judy Broussard

In the early months of 2002, the Acadiana Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, sponsored "Lafayette Reads Ernest Gaines," a community literacy initiative.  At the time Writer-in-Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Ernest J. Gaines was chosen for this premiere event because of the rich culture and social responsibility found in his writings.  During six weeks of workshops, panel discussions, readings and casual conversations, diverse groups of people experienced Mr. Gaines’ Louisiana with newfound admiration for an accomplished and internationally recognized author.

"The Sky Is Gray" presents rich opportunities for classroom studies and talk at home or in the car.  Students who enter the world of James, the eight-year-old narrator, glimpse life in the deep South, post World War II era.  Mr. Gaines’ books, such as A Lesson Before Dying, A Gathering of Old Men, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman are being read and studied from shore to shore in community read programs by teens, young and older adults.  Topics such as race, culture, class, and prejudice present opportunities for colorful dialogue between generations.

"The Sky Is Gray" can be read and studied for the same purpose by middle school students age 10 to 14.  This collection of exercises was compiled by teachers in Lafayette, Louisiana, which is near the locale where the story is set.  As these Louisiana teachers inspired their students with Mr. Gaines’ insights into a bygone era, now their wisdom and experience can help teachers and parents throughout the nation bring alive this classic Gaines story for pre-teens and teens today.

All three writers were in 2002 Teacher Consultants with the National Writing Project of Acadiana.  Geraldine Ortego and Harriet Maher were, respectively, the Teaming Coordinator for the Lafayette Parish School System and a teacher of English Literature and French to 8th graders at the L. J. Alleman Middle School.  Judy Broussard, retired from the classroom after 22 years at publication date, served an eight parish region known as Acadiana through the Newspapers in Education program at The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette.

Teacher’s Guide and Activities for "The Sky Is Gray"
Cost: $15.00 (Tax of 6% added to CT residents)



New England Morning New England Morning
TBM Records 2002, released April 2003
UPC: 659057-519128
$14.95 plus postage
    The Facts of Life (Tookes/Joubert)
    New England Morning (Tookes)
    Perfect One (Tookes)
    Tomorrow’s Never Promised (Tookes/Joubert)
    Fields of Gold (Sting)
    Too Darn Hot (Porter)
    You and the Night and the Music (Dietz/Schwartz)
    A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Sherwin/Maschwitz)
    La Fiesta (Tookes/Kriedman)
    Soul Mate (Tookes)
    The King of Love (Baker/Ancient Irish)
    Forever Free (Tookes)
    New England Morning (Orchestral)
Recording Engineer: Mark Conese, Ambient Recording Company

New England Morning, The Album - $14.50 plus $4.50 S/H
(Tax of 6% added to CT residents)

Darryl Tookes

Joseph Joubert  

“New England Morning,” the song, tells of a man stepping into a dream and how, slipping back out, his view of the “real world” may be changed forever. That’s also the experience of listening to the unique music of Darryl Tookes. You’re happily coaxed into a romantic vision, yes, but one that’s grounded in complete honesty. And when the music is over, you may find your own vision of the world has been gently set right.

New England Morning, the album, contains seven original Tookes songs and five standards freshly painted by the synchronous Darryl Tookes and Joseph Joubert musical imagination. A hint to understanding the beauty of the music which Tookes and Joubert create is to know they are both committed listeners. Arranged with the color and palette of a full orchestra in mind, these songs are expressive and conversational, vulnerable and honest, personal and intimate. Darryl Tookes’ voice and Joseph Joubert’s piano pour out together, an elixir of liquid gold.

To hear more, please go to www.newenglandmorning.com. You may order Darryl Tookes’ songs on iTunes. However, if you treasure the feel of an album in your hand, we will be happy to sell you a CD. The album cover is as beautiful as the CD. Eight years in existence, New England Morning is considered a classic by musicians and music lovers worldwide. Those who love Darryl Tookes’ music and Joseph Joubert’s accompaniment seem to love the combo immediately!

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

"Frederick Douglass's Greatest Speeches,"
a spoken word, audio series produced by TBM Records and delivered by Fred Morsell. For more information, click here.

ISBN:1883210003 (audio cassette); 1883210011 (compact disc)
TITLE: The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro, also known as Frederick Douglass's Fifth of July Speech ("Frederick Douglass's Greatest Speeches" spoken word series)
AUTHOR: Douglass, Frederick
EDITED BY: Frederick A. Morsell

The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro, also known as Frederick Douglass's Fifth of July Speech
(Tax of 6% added to CT residents.)
This is a Collector's Item. Only 14 left.

Audio Format


"The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro" was the first of three albums recorded by TBM Records in its audio series "Frederick Douglass’s Greatest Speeches." Recorded in 1992, the album is often requested by teachers, history buffs, and students of all ages from middle school to law school. In a review posted on radiodramarevival.com, Chris Dueker said, “In a subtle and varied presentation, actor Fred Morsell brings the full force of statesman and former slave Frederick Douglass’s eloquence to bear on the issue closest to him: slavery. Re-enactment at its finest, Morsell’s performance confirms both the classic status and contemporary relevance of Douglass’s legendary 5th of July speech.”
Before radio and television, Americans flocked to churches, tents and lecture halls to be entertained and enlightened. In that age of oratory, many judged Frederick Douglass to have had the greatest voice. The Rochester (New York) Ladies Anti-Slavery Society in 1852 invited Frederick Douglass to give a Fourth of July Oration commemorating the United States' 76th birthday. Mr. Douglass agreed to speak, but not on that date, saying, "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." Delivered on July 5th, 1852 at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro is considered the greatest anti-slavery speech leading to the Civil War. One can only imagine what a magnificent trial lawyer Frederick Douglass would have been! On that July 5th, speaking to a primarily white audience, Mr. Douglass opens by reminding his listeners of the noble truths upon which their forefathers founded the United States. Having drawn his audience in, he proceeds to delineate the horrors of the slave system. Listen at that point for one of the album's highlights, a poignant and horrifying description of a forced slave march to the New Orleans Slave Auction. Mr. Douglass concludes with a breathtaking call upon all Americans, and especially people of color, to make the freedoms and justice celebrated on the 4th of July a reality for all Americans.

PUBCOMMENTS: TBM Records is particularly honored that a short audio segment from The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro is included in an article on Frederick Douglass published in the Microsoft Encarta 2000 Multi-Media Encyclopedia. In a 1993 blurb written for the first two albums in the Frederick Douglass's Greatest Speeches spoken word series, Warren M. Robbins, Founder of the National Museum of African Art and the Frederick Douglass Institute, wrote, "These are truly outstanding recordings of great educational value to teachers and totally inspiring to students. More than any other performer, Fred Morsell becomes Frederick Douglass and is thrilling to listen to." Since 1993, the albums have been regularly available at the Smithsonian; at Frederick Douglass's home, "Cedar Hill" in Anacostia, across the Potomac from Washington, D.C.; at the National Women's Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York; and at the African American Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio.

REVIEW: "These speeches, here re-created by Fred Morsell, are the first releases in an audio series entitled "Frederick Douglass's Greatest Speeches" that seeks to spread awareness of the words of one of the nation's greatest orators and advocates of civil rights for all. Douglass (1818-1895) delivered "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro"–considered the greatest anti-slavery speech leading to the Civil War–following an 1852 request by the Rochester (New York) Ladies Anti-slavery Society that he speak at an Independence Day rally. The abolitionist and former slave agreed, but insisted that the date be changed to July 5, declaring that "the Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." (American History Illustrated, July/August 1993)

"The speeches are powerfully delivered here by Fred Morsell, a stage and television actor, and would be useful to classes in American history as well as black studies." (John E. Miller, Troy City Schools, Ohio, School Library Journal, August 1993)

"Ages 14-adult. In 1852, Frederick Douglass was invited to give a patriotic speech commemorating our country's seventy-sixth birthday. The talk, delivered deliberately on July 5, is considered one of the greatest anti-slavery speeches given prior to the Civil War.... Fred Morsell, an actor who often portrays Douglass in a one-man play, superbly delivers these historic speeches. This is first-class, primary-source material that will be of value in school, college, and public libraries." (S. Gilmary Speirs, Booklist, 12/15/93)

AUTHORBIO: 19th century America's most famous Afro-American leader, renowned at home and abroad as an orator, abolitionist, organizer and publisher, Frederick Douglass was also a self-proclaimed "woman's rights man." Death has not silenced him and he has taken his place with Lincoln and Jefferson as one of America's greatest citizens. Upon his shoulders stand Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Barbara Jordan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and millions of private citizens whose thirst and quest for justice and humanity have been inspired by Douglass's life, writings and example. Born a slave near the Wye Plantation on the eastern shore of Maryland, Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) knew the personal agony and fury of slavery and escaped the slave system in mind, body and soul. While still in physical bondage, he taught himself to read and write and began to gain an appreciation of the power of the spoken word to bring about change.

He escaped north in 1838 and immediately sent for Anna Murray, a free black woman whom he had met and fallen in love with while living in Baltimore. After their marriage in New York City by the famous black preacher James W. Pennington, they traveled to New Bedford, Massachusetts, found work, made their home, and began their family. A voracious reader, Douglass also became a literate man. About Anna Murray Douglass, Frederick Douglass once said, "While it is true that Anna never learned to read and write, she was the source and strength of all my success in the formative and as well as the maturing years of my life, a companion who was truly a helpmate." Anna died in August 1882, one month short of their 44th wedding anniversary. In January 1884, Mr. Douglass married Helen Pitts, a college trained white woman and abolitionist who had been his secretary in the Recorder of Deeds' office in Washington, D.C. Theirs was a happy marriage. After her husband's death, Helen Pitts Douglass fought to keep Frederick Douglass's memory alive and his "Cedar Hill" home in Anacostia, belongings and writing secure for future generations.

Having "the heart to conceive, the head to contrive, and the hand to execute," Frederick Douglass gave his first public, anti-slavery speech on August 11, 1841 on the steps of Nantucket Island's public library, the Atheneum, during a meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. Thus began one of the most remarkable public lives in American history. With an intelligence and eloquence rarely matched, Frederick Douglass in speeches, newspaper pieces and autobiographies, described racial injustice in America. Mr. Douglass achieved international prominence as an abolitionist, publisher of The North Star, advisor to Abraham Lincoln and a defender of women's rights.

Considered by many to be the father of the civil rights movement in the United States, Frederick Douglass called upon all Americans, and especially people of color, to struggle and work to make the society envisioned by the Declaration of Independence a reality for Americans of all races, colors, classes and gender. He held several major government jobs as Recorder of Deeds in Washington, D.C.. Marshall of the District of Washington, and Minister General to the Republic of Haiti. In August 1855, the Liberty Party nominated Douglass for the office of Secretary of State of New York, the first African American to be accorded such an honor. At his death, Frederick Douglass was America's best known and most distinguished African-American leader. Many people are of the opinion that Mr. Douglass's noble head belongs on Mt. Rushmore.

Frederick Douglass's three autobiographies are Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself; My Bondage and My Freedom and The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. Many of his speeches, letters and newspaper pieces are found in Philip Foner's five volume set, The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass (International Publishers). A scholarly essay by Professor Foner begins each volume. At least thirty-five reels of materials on Frederick Douglass are available on microfilm at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

EXCERPTS: "The cause of your fathers grew stronger as it breasted the chilling blasts of kingly displeasure. But, with the blindness which seems to be the unvarying characteristic of tyrants, since Pharaoh and his hosts were drowned in the Red Sea, the British government persisted in the exactions complained of. Oppression makes a wise man mad. Your fathers were wise men, and if they did not go mad, they became restive under this treatment. They felt themselves the victims of grievous wrongs, wholly incurable in their colonial capacity. With brave men there is always a remedy for oppression. Just here, the idea of a total separation of the colonies from the crown was born! It was a startling idea, much more so than we, at this distance of time, regard it. The timid and the prudent of that day were, of course, shocked and alarmed by it. Some people lived then, had lived before, and will, probably, ever have a place on this planet, to hate all change. Their opposition to the then dangerous thought was earnest and powerful; but, amid all their terror and affrighted vociferations against it, the alarming and revolutionary idea moved on, and the country with it."

"The coming into being of a nation, in any circumstances, is an interesting event. But, there were peculiar circumstances which make the advent of this republic an event of special attractiveness. The whole scene, as I look back at it, was simple, dignified and sublime. The population of the country, at the time, stood at the insignificant number of three millions; it was weak and scattered. The country was a wilderness unsubdued, and it was poor in the munitions of war. From the Potomac to the Delaware was a journey of many days. Under these, and innumerable other disadvantages, your fathers declared for liberty and independence and triumphed. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too - great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men. The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory."

"I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary. Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common. The justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not me. This fourth of July is yours, not mine. You my rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today? Above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions whose chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, today, rendered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember those bleeding children of sorrow this day, and instead chime in with popular theme, I would be a reproach before God and the world. My subject, then, today, fellow-citizens, is American slavery."

"What, am I to argue that it is wrong to make men brutes, wrong to rob them of their liberty, wrong to work them without wages, wrong to keep them ignorant of their relations to their fellow men, wrong to beat them with sticks, wrong to flay their flesh with the lash, wrong to load their limbs with irons, wrong to hunt them with dogs, wrong to sell them at auction, wrong to sunder their families, wrong to knock out their teeth, wrong to burn their flesh, wrong to starve them into obedience and submission to their masters? What then remains to be argued? ... At a time like this, light, fire, scorching irony, not convincing argument is needed. Not the gentle shower, but thunder, storm, whirlwind, and earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed.


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