Case | HBS Case Collection | February 1999 (Revised July 2004)

Life as a Minor League CEO Frank Burke and The Chattanooga Lookouts

by Stephen A. Greyser and Kirk A. Goldman

Abstract

A "slice of life" depiction of the range of issues and activities experienced by Frank Burke (HBS MBA 1987), the president of a minor league baseball team (the Chattanooga Lookouts). Raises questions of the applicability of MBA skills in this role and the "quotient of contentment" an HBS MBA can have in this situation. The similarities and differences of minor league versus major league operations are an important analytic component. Among the specific issues Burke confronts are finding additional revenue streams, considering ticket price increases, and the pros and cons of a new stadium.

Keywords: Happiness; Managerial Roles; Entrepreneurship; Business or Company Management; Marketing; Cost Management; Cost vs Benefits; Operations; Sports; Business Education; Sports Industry; Tennessee;

Citation:

Greyser, Stephen A., and Kirk A. Goldman. "Life as a Minor League CEO Frank Burke and The Chattanooga Lookouts." Harvard Business School Case 599-029, February 1999. (Revised July 2004.)