Becoming a world-class city: Hallmark events and sport franchises in the growth strategies of Western Canadian cities

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Title translated into German:Eine Stadt von Weltklasse werden: Praegende Ereignisse und Sport-Franchising bei den Entwicklungsstrategien westkanadischer Staedte
Author:Whitson, David; Macintosh, Donald
Published in:Sociology of sport journal
Published:10 (1993), 3 , S. 221-240, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Print resource
ISSN:0741-1235, 1543-2785
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Identification number:PU199311068971


This paper examines the role that the pursuit of Hallmark events and of major league sports franchises has played in the growth strategies of Western Canadian cities. Literature on civic boosterism illustrates the vigorous competition that developed among regional elites to establish their own cities as perceived growth centers. These competitions are sharpened today by the contemporary mobility of capital, by medial/information networks that focus unprecedented attention on world-class events, and by the growth of event-related tourism. The predictions of the benefits investment in sports and tourism are typically optimistic, and gloss over significant differences of interest between local elites and others who are less likely to benefit. Verf.-Referat