The development of sports economics has exploded in recent years, and this well-researched and relevant book explores some of the most critical themes.
Contemporary Issues in Sports Economics examines topics that have previously received little attention in the literature, such as the determinants and social impacts of sports participation including the link to crime levels. The distinguished authors also discuss some of the less investigated aspects of professional team sports, including:
* sports betting, financing and governance;
* the impact of low scoring matches on competitive balance and fan appeal in European football; and
* the effect on player transfers of a luxury tax on club payrolls in Major League Baseball.
This invaluable book will appeal to graduate and postgraduate students in sports economics, sport management and sport sciences, as well as managers and coaches involved with clubs, leagues and federations. Sports participants, fans, bookmakers and bettors will also find much to interest them in this unique and insightful study.
Edited by Wladimir Andreff, Professor Emeritus, University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France
Contents: 1. Contemporary Issues in Sports Economics: A Selection Wladimir Andreff PART I: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF SPORT PARTICIPATION DETERMINANTS AND SOCIAL IMPACT 2. Participation, Spectatorship and Media Coverage in Sport: Some Initial Insights Peter Dawson and Paul Downward 3. Relational Goods at Work! Crime and Sport Participation in Italy: Evidence from Panel Data Regional Analysis over the Period 1997-2003 Raul Caruso PART II: THE ECONOMICS OF PROFESSIONAL TEAM SPORTS 4. Sport Financing and Governance in Europe Stefan Szymanski 5. The Effect on Player Transfers of a Luxury Tax on Club Payrolls: The Case of Major League Baseball Joel G. Maxcy 6. The Role of Information in Professional Football and the German Football Betting Market Frank Daumann and Markus Breuer 7. Guessing Who Wins or Predicting the Exact Score: Does it Make Any Difference in Terms of the Demand for Football Pools? Jaume Garcia, Levi Perez and Placido Rodriguez 8. Is European Football's Future to Become a Boring Game? Wladimir Andreff and Gael Raballand Index