The LeBron Effect: Reality and Myth In King James's Cleveland (pre-order)
Belt Publishing

The LeBron Effect: Reality and Myth In King James's Cleveland (pre-order)

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By Sam Allard
June 2019 

The second departure of LeBron James—this time, to the Los Angeles Lakers—foisted upon Cleveland a civic reckoning. When LeBron and the Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Championship, team and city leaders hailed the King's return as a boon for Northeast Ohio's economy and allocated millions of dollars in public funding for a lavish arena expansion. With the city's superstar gone, however, many are questioning what Cleveland's economic future holds. Equal parts city history, sports biography, and investigative journalism, The LeBron Effect cuts through the hype to find out just how big of an impact this singular figure had—and continues to have—on his city's fortunes.

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an investigative reporting fellowship with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He lives in Cleveland.

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