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On The Profit Motive

By Joel C. Boehm on Thursday, April 22, 2010

I take issue a little bit with this statement from a recent post, Chris: "Operating a ballclub is a business. It is not a charity or a non-profit."

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Sincerely, JCB

By Joel C. Boehm on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I founded Agony & Ivy about five years ago for two reasons. First, I wanted to write about the Cubs. Actually, I was already writing about the Cubs anyway, for myself and for my friends, but I wanted a forum to share it with anyone else who cared to read it. I wanted a record--just in case it turned out that one of these seasons turned out to be the season.

Second, there just weren't any sites out there that were working at the intersection between literature and analysis. It's easy to parrot commentary, and to gripe about a team that continually falls short, especially a team that often falls short for predictable reasons. It's much harder to explore the narrative of a season, or of a team, or of one's own life as a fan across years or even decades. (Chris Rewers, Agony & Ivy's new editor, has already written a terrific piece in this vein.)

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Sincerely, JCB

I founded Agony & Ivy about five years ago for two reasons. First...


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