Since the appearance of Simon Rottenberg's seminal paper on the baseball players' labour market in the Journal of Political Economy (1956), the literature on the economics of professional team sports has increased rapidly, fuelled by major changes in the restrictive rules which had pervaded these sports, themselves a consequence of battles in the courts and the collective bargaining arena. These changes have not been limited to North America, to which most of the literature relates, but also apply to Western Europe and Australia in particular. This monograph surveys this literature covering those various parts of the world in order to draw out both theoretical and empirical aspects. However, to argue that the existence of what is now an extensive literature “justifies” such a survey on professional team sports clearly begs a number of questions. Justification can be found in at least two major aspects.
Cairns, J., Jennett, N. and Sloane, P.J. (1986), "The Economics of Professional Team Sports: A Survey of Theory and Evidence", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 3-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb002618Download as .RIS
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