Sports Economics

Theory, Evidence and Policy


  • Paul Downward, Dr Paul Downward is Director of the Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, Loughborough University. He has recently undertaken consultancy work for Sport England on participation, volunteering in sports clubs, and performance management; and UK Sport on Volunteering at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. He is a member of the International Association of Sports Economics, a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Sports Economics, and member of the British Philosophy of Sport Association.
  • Alistair Dawson, 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.
  • Trudo Dejonghe, 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 has researched the location-allocation problems of football clubs in Belgium (2001) and the Netherlands (2005).

Sports Economics is the ideal introduction for all sport management and sport policy students and those for whom economics is a relatively new area of study. The book will also provide an ideal introduction to sports economics for economics students new to the area. Specifically designed to make economics accessible the context of sport is the focus of analysis, ensuring that this book is lively, accessible and approachable.

The full scope of the sports economy is examined, covering the three main arenas in which sport takes place - mass participation, professional sports and sports events. The key elements of the economic representation of these three markets are considered, such as the underlying demand for and supply of these sports, together with the main policy issues affecting them

Whilst truly international in scope, it focuses particularly on specific comparisons between the US, the UK and mainland Europe. The breadth of discussion and international emphasis is brought to life by a detailed discussion of the evidence throughout the book to illustrate the key themes discussed - ideal for both lecturer and student. Reflection questions and Boxes are also used in chapters to prompt the reader to think about specific points as well as to provide the context for specific theoretical or empirical contributions that have been used to analyse sport.

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undergraduates on sports economics courses and sport management degrees


Book information

  • Published: March 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8354-8

Table of Contents

1. The Economics of Sport; 2. The Nature, Organisation and Economic Significance of Sports; 3. The Economics of Sports Participation; 4. The Economics of Sports Participation: Evidence; 5. The Supply of Participant Sport: The Public and Private Sector; 6. The Supply of Participant Sport: Volunteers and Sports Clubs; 7. The Market for Professional Sports: General Themes; 8. Uncertainty of Outcome, Competitive Balance and Bias in Sports Leagues; 9 Cross-subsidisation in Professional Sports Leagues; 10. The Demand for Professional Team Sports: Attendance and Broadcasting; 11. The Labour Market in Professional Team Sports; 12. The Economics of Sports Events and Infrastructure