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The Comparative Economics of Sport
 
 
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31 Mar 2010
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In the last twenty years professional sport has grown into a business of some substance and has attracted increasing attention from investors, lawyers, governments and regulators. Commercial and cultural disputes have required an increasingly sophisticated economic analysis, and over this period Stefan Szymanski has been one of the leading contributors, shaping the research agenda and public policy analysis.
 
This volume is mainly concerned with international comparisons. There are papers which compare the economic structure of major league sports in the North America (baseball, American football, basketball and hockey) with the European approach to football and other sports. Competitive balance concerns are addressed and the potential of revenue sharing mechanisms to deal with these problems is analysed in detail. Broadcasting policy in the Europe and the US is contrasted, while this volume also contains an important contribution to the analysis of the problems in world cricket.

Given the important role that sports play in the life of modern societies, this book is popular reading for all interested in economics and sports studies, and will provide an invaluable guide to students and practitioners alike.


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In the last twenty years professional sport has grown into a business of some substance and has attracted increasing attention from investors, lawyers, governments and regulators. Commercial and cultural disputes have required an increasingly sophisticated economic analysis, and over this period Stefan Szymanski has been one of the leading contributors, shaping the research agenda and public policy analysis.
 
This volume is mainly concerned with international comparisons. There are papers which compare the economic structure of major league sports in the North America (baseball, American football, basketball and hockey) with the European approach to football and other sports. Competitive balance concerns are addressed and the potential of revenue sharing mechanisms to deal with these problems is analysed in detail. Broadcasting policy in the Europe and the US is contrasted, while this volume also contains an important contribution to the analysis of the problems in world cricket.

Given the important role that sports play in the life of modern societies, this book is popular reading for all interested in economics and sports studies, and will provide an invaluable guide to students and practitioners alike.


Reviews

'This is a marvelous collection of Szymanski's recent journal articles covering a wide range of economic issues in professional sports. In these contributions, Szymanski brings a fresh and important perspective on the analysis of policy and organizational options confronting sports leagues.' - Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College, USA
 
'Stefan Szymanski has made a major contribution to a number of aspects of the economics of sport, often challenging the conventional wisdom. This volume brings together eleven of his papers from a diverse range of publications. Comparative studies can help us to understand more clearly the relationship between the economics of sport and public policy, including anti-trust issues, public subsidies to sport and the health and social benefits of public funding for sports participation. This volume focuses more on the first of these and is highly recommended.' - Peter J. Sloane, Emeritus Professor, School of Business and Economics, Swansea University, UK
 
'This fascinating collection of previously-published economics journal and law review articles and new essays explores issues of government policy toward and incentives within professional sports leagues. The editor, Stefan Szymanski, is one of the world's leading figures in this area and introduces the collection with an extremely insightful summary of the major issues surrounding anti-trust policy sports leagues, which have traditionally had more freedom to allow collusion among their members than exists in almost any other industry. The chapters themselves, many of them classics in the economics of sports, explore issues such as government policy toward freedom of entry into sports leagues, regulation of television broadcasts, and the effects on competitive balance of revenue sharing and systems of promotion and relegation. These papers are must reading for anti-trust regulators and researchers in sports economics and industrial organization.' - Lawrence M. Kahn, Professor of Labor Economics and Collective Bargaining, Cornell University

'Szymanski masterfully leads us through his impactful work on sports economics. Always path-breaking, and sometimes controversial, nobody interested in scholarly progress in the area can ignore this impressive body of work. If you haven't been following his work over the years, here is your chance to catch up with the best possible guide leading the way! Highly recommended.' - Rodney Fort, Professor of Sport Management, University of Michigan, USA
 
'This collection of previously published papers by Stefan Szymanski, one of Europe's most prolific, creative scholars writing today on sports-economics issues, constitutes a solid contribution to the intersections of sports, economics, and public policy. The Economic Design of Sporting Contests, one of Szymanski's articles included in the volume, is already a classic.' - Allen R Sanderson, University of Chicago, USA

 


Contents

The Economic Design of Sporting Contests
The Political Economy of Sport
Is there a European Model of Sport?
Antitrust and Inefficient Joint Ventures: Why Sports Leagues Should Look More Like McDonald's and Less like the United Nations
Governance and Vertical Integration in Team Sports
Antitrust, Promotion and Relegation
Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Outcome: Open Leagues, Closed Leagues and Competitive Balance
Promotion and Relegation in Sporting Contests
Competitive Balance and Gate Revenue Sharing in Team Sports
Testing Causality Between Team Performance and Payroll: The Cases of Major League Baseball and English Soccer
Why Have Premium Sports Rights Migrated to Pay-TV in Europe but not in the US


Authors

STEFAN SZYMANSKI is Professor of Economics, Associate Dean and Director of the MBA Programme at the Cass Business School, City University of London, UK. He joins from Tanaka Business School, Imperial College, where he was the Programme Director for the full time MBA programme. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, Hertford College, where he gained a first degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He began his teaching career at London Business School before moving to Imperial College in 1993. Professor Szymanski is also an economics professor, with many published articles on the business of sport, particularly football and the Olympics. With this professional interest in sports economics, he aspires to launch a sports business research centre at Cass in the future.