The wealth of data available on sports makes the industry a singular laboratory for observing economic and business behavior and theory. This unique reference on sports economics research provides a detailed perspective on the current state of the discipline. Covering both team and individual sports that include tennis, golf, and motor racing, the handbook explores what we know, what we do not know, what is stable, what is changing, what is certain, and what is controversial in sports economics. The expert contributors address issues in particular sports or comparisons among sports along major topics such as revenue and costs, labor markets, market structure, market outcomes, and public policy.
List of Tables and Figures; Part I: Introduction; 1. Handbook of Sports Economics Research: An Overview, John Fizel; 2. Sports Economics: State of the Discipline, R. Todd Jewell; Part II: Review and Analysis of Specific Sports; 3. National Basketball Association, David J. Berri; 4. National Hockey League, John C. Leadley and Zenon X. Zygmont; 5. Major League Baseball, John Fizel and Lawrence Hadley; 6. European Football (Soccer), Victor A. Matheson; 7. Female Intercollegiate Athletes and Women's Athletics, Brad R. Humphreys; 8. The Economics of Individual Sports, Peter von Allmen; Appendix: The National Football League's Conundrum; Part III: Issues Across the Sports Industry; 9. Demand Issues: The Product Market for Professional Sports, Anthony Krautmann and Lawrence Hadley; 10. Competitive Balance in North American Professional Sports, Rodney Fort; Part IV: Econometrics and Theory in Sports Economics; 11. Team Sports Efficiency Estimation and Stochastic Frontier Models, Young Hoon Lee; 12. Econometric Models in Sports Economics, Michael A. Leeds and Barbara Erin McCormick; 13. The Theory of Contests, Stefan Szymanski; Index; * About the Editors and Contributors.