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The cost of players’ injuries to professional sports leagues and other sports organizations

Bhavneet Walia (Department of Economics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA)
Christopher John Boudreaux (Department of Economics, Florida Atlantic University Barry Kaye College of Business, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Article publication date: 31 July 2020

Issue publication date: 3 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Most literature studies have focused on direct treatment costs of injuries. This literature is extended to include the foregone playing time of players as an additional injury cost.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors have reviewed the literature on the cost of players’ injuries to professional sports leagues and other organizations.

Findings

The authors concluded that players’ injury costs are substantial and sufficiently variable to be a primary source of financial uncertainty for a team.

Originality/value

This study's value has added risk pooling and league-wide revenue sharing as tools to mitigate the risk of injury costs. Previous literature reviews focused predominately on direct treatment costs.

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Acknowledgements

We have no funding sources to declare. The manuscript benefited from helpful comments from an anonymous reviewer.

Citation

Walia, B. and Boudreaux, C.J. (2021), "The cost of players’ injuries to professional sports leagues and other sports organizations", Managerial Finance, Vol. 47 No. 6, pp. 779-788. https://doi.org/10.1108/MF-06-2020-0301

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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