Dr Paul Downward is senior lecturer in sports economics at the Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, University of Loughborough. Along with Alistair Dawson he is the author of the textbook 'The Economics of Professional Team Sports (Routledge:2002). He has just finished editing a book for the Office for National Statistics on the Use of Official Data in understanding Sports, Leisure and Tourism markets. In addition he has also undertaken Consultancy work for Sport England on participation and UK Sport on Volunteering at the Manchester Commonwealth games. Outside of these areas Dr Downward has also published in the Philosophy of Economics, and Pricing Theory. As well as refereed papers he also has a book in each of these areas. He currently teaches on three modules at Loughborough University; Sports and Leisure Industries, Managing Sports Organisations and Olympic Studies.
Alistair Dawson retired from Staffordshire University in 2000 but maintains an active research interest, particularly in the theoretical problems surrounding the measurement of uncertainty of outcome. Apart from 'The Economics of Professional Team Sports', with Paul Downward Alistair has produced articles (published and forthcoming) in team sports economics. Other fields in which Alistair has published include the econometrics of wage inflation, and the application of computer business and macroeconomic simulations to undergraduate learning and assessment.
Dr. Trudo Dejonghe is docent (professor) at the Lessius Hogeschool Antwerpen and guest lecturer in VLEKHO Business School Antwerp, Hogeschool Brugge and Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of "sport en economie: een noodzaak tot symbiose"(sport and economics: a symbiotic necessity) (Arko Sports Media 2004) and "sport in de wereld: ontstaan, evolutie en verspreiding" (sport in the global space: evolution and diffusion) (Academia Press, 2001;2004). He has researched the location-allocation problems of football clubs in Belgium(2001) and the Netherlands(2005).