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Public Policy and Professional Sports

International and Australian Experiences John K. Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of South Australia Business School, Australia and Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia, and Adjunct Professor, The Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center, Italy
Public Policy and Professional Sports is a comprehensive analysis of public policy aspects of the economics of professional sports, supported by in-depth international case studies. It covers regulation and competition in the sports industry and its labour markets, public spending on stadiums and mega-events, and governance issues including unethical behaviour (corruption, doping, etc). The innovative feature of the work is the combination of economic analysis and well-known international examples with detailed case studies of public policy as it relates to sport in Australia. Australia is an excellent case study due to the high profile of sport in the national psyche and the range of popular professional sports.
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Publication Date: 2014
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Political Economy
  • Sports
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Political Economy
This volume provides a comprehensive examination of public policy aspects of the economics of professional sports.

The book offers a unique focus on public policy, covering regulation and competition in the sports industry and its labour markets, governance issues including unethical behaviour (corruption, doping, etc.), and public spending on stadiums and mega-events. It also offers an original combination of economic analysis and well-known international examples, from Australia, the United States and Europe, which have provided alternative organizational models of professional team sports. Australia is an interesting case study not only because sport holds a particularly important place in the national psyche but also due to the range of popular professional sports played. The book also analyses the globalization of many sports, the role of international governing bodies, and the difficulties in pursuing effective public policies in this context.

This book is a significant contribution to research in sports economics aimed at students and academics interested in both the economics of professional sports and public policy.
‘ . . . an accessible read for both the undergraduate and even noneconomist (sport fan) alike. It has potential suitability as a supplementary text, or even as a prescribed text for a (more nontechnical) sports economics course. Public Policy and Professional Sports: International and Australian Experiences makes for a compelling read. A distinctive contribution to the existing literature.’
– Liam Lenten, Journal of Sports Economics
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Industry Structure of Team Sports 3. Labour Markets 4. Stadium Funding 5. Economic Benefits of Mega-events 6. Mega-event Bidding 7. Unethical Behaviour in Sport 8. Governing Bodies 9. Conclusions Index