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Contemporary Issues in Sports Economics

Participation and Professional Team Sports Edited by Wladimir Andreff, Professor Emeritus, University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
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.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: $116.00 Web: $104.40
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84980 447 9
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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.
‘Written by some of the most prominent scholars in sports economics, this book focuses on issues that have been less investigated in the traditional literature so far. The covered topics range from specific questions of sport governance and sport finance to sport betting. In my view, the collection is a “must” for all readers seeking to overstep the beaten track.’
– Egon Franck, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Contributors: W. Andreff, M. Breuer, R. Caruso, F. Daumann, P. Dawson, P. Downward, J. García, J.G. Maxcy, L. Pérez, G. Raballand, P. Rodríguez, S. Szymanski
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 García, Levi Pérez and Plácido Rodríguez

8. Is European Football’s Future to Become a Boring Game?
Wladimir Andreff and Gaël Raballand

Index