The Ball Game Biz: An Introduction to the Economics of Professional Team Sports

The Ball Game Biz: An Introduction to the Economics of Professional Team Sports

by David George Surdam
     
 

This work uses economic theory, simple probability, statistical concepts and game theory to analyze the economics of professional sports. It treats sports leagues as cartels and uses historical examples to test theories regarding labor economics. Many key issues that have sparked raging arguments among fans and writers are addressed, including free agency's effect

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This work uses economic theory, simple probability, statistical concepts and game theory to analyze the economics of professional sports. It treats sports leagues as cartels and uses historical examples to test theories regarding labor economics. Many key issues that have sparked raging arguments among fans and writers are addressed, including free agency's effect on competitive balance, how rising player salaries have/haven't affected ticket prices, and the effect of a new stadium on the local economy, among many others.

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Uses professional team sports to help students, sportswriters and sports fans learn and understand economic principles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786460571
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

David George Surdam is an associate professor of economics at the University of Northern Iowa. He has published books on the economics of the American Civil War and Major League Baseball during the postwar era.

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