International Sports Economics Comparisons

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This book brings together, for the first time under a single cover, international comparisons of the major topics in sports economics. Contributors are all renowned scholars of the international sports scene in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, the Pacific Rim, North America, and Europe. The reader will find an overview of sports in particular countries and regions along with comparisons along the major topics of economic importance. In particular, the contributions compare and contrast revenues and costs, labor markets (restrictions and discrimination), market structures (league and association organizations) and outcomes (team profitability and competitive balance), and policy issues (especially competition policy). Aimed primarily at sports scholars, practicing sports professionals, and policymakers, the volume is also well suited for undergraduate sports economics, sports management, and sports law courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275980320
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Studies in Sports Economics
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

RODNEY FORT is Professor of Economics at Washington State University. The author of dozens of articles and monographs on sports economics, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sports Economics. He is a regular speaker and panel participant on sports issues in the United States and Europe, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate on competitive balance issues and often renders expert opinion in legal cases in the United States.

JOHN FIZEL is Professor of Economics and Chair of the iMBA program at Penn State University. He conducts research in applied microeconomic topics that have included online auctions, nursing home efficiency, and the economics of sports. He is co-editor of Baseball Economics (Praeger, 1996) and Sports Economics (Praeger, 1999).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Western Europe: Overall Issues 1
1 Professional Team Sports in Europe: Which Economic Model? 3
2 Is There a European Model of Sports? 19
3 Still Up for Grabs? Maintaining the Sporting and Financial Viability of European Club Soccer 39
Pt. II Western Europe: Labor Issues 61
4 The European and U.S. Sports Labor Markets 63
5 Economic Analysis of the Transfer Market in European Professional Soccer 75
6 The Taxation of Player Moves from Developing Countries 87
Pt. III Western Europe: Competitive Balance Issues 105
7 Economic Inequalities within and between Professional Soccer Leagues in Europe: Sporting Consequences and Policy Options 107
8 Buying Success: Team Performance and Wage Bills in U.S. and European Sports Leagues 123
9 Revenue-Sharing Arrangements and the Survival of Promoted Teams: Empirical Evidence from the Major European Soccer Leagues 141
Pt. IV Western Europe: League Evolution, Broadcasting, and the Stock Market 157
10 Common Origins, Common Future? A Comparative Analysis of Association Football and Rugby League Football in the UK 159
11 Sports and Broadcasting: Comparison between the United States and Europe 175
12 Ownership and Finance of Professional Soccer in England and Europe 189
Pt. V Canadian Professional Football 207
13 The Professional Football Industry in Canada: Economic and Policy Issues 209
Pt. VI Southern Hemisphere Rugby Union 223
14 Professionalization and Competitive Balance in New Zealand Rugby Union 225
Pt. VII Brazilian Soccer 243
15 Recent History and Brazilian Soccer 245
Pt. VIII Japanese and Korean Baseball 263
16 Baseball in Japan and the United States: Same Game, Same Rules, Same Results? 265
17 Competitive Balance and Attendance in Japanese, Korean, and U.S. Professional Baseball Leagues 281
Pt. IX Australia 293
18 Professional Sports Competitions in Australia 295
19 Labor Market Intervention, Revenue Sharing, and Competitive Balance in the Australian Football League, 1897-2002 319
20 Australian Professional Team Sports in a State of Flux 337
Bibliography 351
Index 367
About the Editors and Contributors 377
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