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Sports Through the Lens of Economic History

Edited by Richard Pomfret, Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia, and Adjunct Professor, The Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center, Italy and John K. Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of South Australia Business School, Australia
From professional team sports to international events such as the Olympics and Tour de France, the modern sports industry continues to attract a large number of spectators and participants. This book, edited by Richard Pomfret and John K. Wilson analyzes the economic evolution of sports over the last 150 years, from a pastime activity to a big business enterprise. It begins at a time when entrepreneurs and players first started making money from professional sports leagues, through to the impact of radio and TV in the twentieth century, and onto the present day.
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  • Economics and Finance
  • History of Economic Thought
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From professional team sports to international events such as the Olympics and Tour de France, the modern sports industry continues to attract a large number of spectators and participants. This book, edited by Richard Pomfret and John K. Wilson analyzes the economic evolution of sports over the last 150 years, from a pastime activity to a big business enterprise. It begins at a time when entrepreneurs and players first started making money from professional sports leagues, through to the impact of radio and TV in the twentieth century, and onto the present day.

Using examples from sports across the world, the chapters cover such important issues as player migration, labor market restrictions, stadium arrangements and the rise and fall of workplace provisions. Unlike most sports economic texts, the contributors featured here provide insights into the historical origins of many practices and policies peculiar to the industry. This historical perspective casts light onto the development of practices, such as labor market regulations and public policies, which have become more prevalent in the modern age.

The non-technical, user-friendly nature of this book will appeal to many students, particularly those enrolled in sports economics courses – a field of study which is increasingly common. Academics will also find this book to be a timely reference for their research and teaching.

‘Sports in the modern era have acquired an unprecedented social significance, a conjuncture that can only be understood through the lens of history of economics. This is an important book that offers a number of significant contributions and shows how the combined wisdom of these two disciplines can put modern sports in their proper context.’
– Stefan Szymanski, University of Michigan, US
Contributors: L. Borrowman, A. Carter, J. Cranfield, L. Frost, A.K. Halabi, K. Inwood, A. Kawaura, S. La Croix, M. Lightbody, J.-F. Mignot, R. Pomfret, J.A. Ross, W. Vamplew, J.K. Wilson,
Contents:

1. Sports Economics and the Sports Industry: Perspectives in Economic History
John K. Wilson

2. The Evolution of Professional Team Sports
Richard Pomfret

3. The Very Short tenure of Foreign Players in Japanese Professional Baseball, 1951-2004
Akihiko Kawaura and Sumner La Croix

4. An Economic History of the Tour de France, 1903-2015
Jean-François Mignot

5. The Relationship between Crowd Attendance and Competitive Balance – evidence from the SANFL 1920-83
John K. Wilson

6. Ground sharing between Cricket and Football in Australia
Lionel Frost, Margaret Lightbody, Abdel K. Halabi, Amanda Carter and Luc Borrowman

7. Workers' Playtime: Developing an explanatory typology of work-associated sport in Britain
Wray Vamplew

8. Ethnic Inequality in Professional Sport: A question of discrimination in the National Hockey League draft
John Cranfield, Kris Inwood and J. Andrew Ross

9. Epilogue
Richard Pomfret

Index