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  • Sports Economics, the most comprehensive textbook in the field by celebrated economist Roger D. Blair, focuses primarily on the business and economics aspects of major professional sports and the NCAA. It employs the basic principles of economics to address issues such as the organization of leagues, pricing, advertising, and broadcasting as well as the labor market in sports. Among its novel features is the candid coverage of the image and integrity of players, teams, managers, and the leagues themselves, including cases of gambling, cheating, misconduct, and steroids. The text also discusses other controversial subjects such as disciplining participants, discrimination, the financing of facilities, and how salaries are determined. Blair explains how economic decisions are made under conditions of uncertainty using the well-known expected utility model and makes extensive use of present value concepts to analyze investment decisions. Numerous examples are drawn from the daily press. The text offers ample boxes to illustrate sports themes, as well as extensive use of diagrams, tables, problem sets, and research questions.

    • Most comprehensive undergraduate textbook on sports economics in the marketplace
    • Covers themes not explored in rival texts, such as misconduct, cheating, discrimination, steroids
    • Usable at community colleges and MBA programs as well as undergraduate courses
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “Sports Economics is an invaluable text that uses rigorous microeconomic analysis to explain a host of sports topics, ranging from antitrust and arbitration to profits and point shaving.” – Charles L. Clotfelter, Duke University; Author, Big-Time Sports in American Universities (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

    “In Sports Economics Roger Blair provides comprehensive coverage of the key issues in the economics of sports, and then some. This book goes beyond the typical issues covered in sports economics textbooks as it considers such topics as gambling, cheating, player misconduct and performance-enhancing drugs. It also has an extensive treatment of legal issues that arise in sports markets, an area of research to which Blair has been a major contributor. This book will clearly become a standard text for sports economics courses.” – Leo H. Kahane, Providence College; Co-Founder, Editor, Journal of Sports Economics

    “This is the most comprehensive explication of sports economics for the lay reader to date. An excellent read for the avid well-educated sports fan, text for a introductory class, and research tool to cite for basic propositions and for its compilation of sources.” – Stephen Ross, Pennsylvania State University

    “For a thorough tour of the economics of sports, no one has done it better than Prof. Blair. For both economists and students alike, this book covers all of the bases and hits the ball out of the park.” – Harold L. Vogel, Author, Entertainment Industry Economics, 8th Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

    “Roger Blair does a great job of applying microeconomic principles to the sports industry. This book will help students better understand both the sports world and economics because of its clear explanation of sophisticated concepts.” – Jason Winfree, University of Michigan

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139210966
    • contains: 53 b/w illus. 53 tables
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction to sports economics
    Part II. The Sports Business:
    2. The business of sports
    3. Sports leagues and organizations
    4. Competitive balance
    5. Pricing decisions
    6. Advertising in the sports industry
    7. The market for sports broadcasting rights
    8. Insuring player talent
    9. Sports leagues and antitrust policy
    Part III. Image and Integrity:
    10. Sports gambling
    11. Cheating in sports
    12. Misconduct and discipline
    13. Steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs
    Part IV. Facilities, Franchises, and Public Policy:
    14. Competition for sports franchises and events
    15. Economic impact of sports events
    16. Financing sports facilities
    Part V. Sports Labor Market:
    17. Salary determination: competition and monopsony
    18. The NCAA as a collusive monopsony
    19. Salary determination: bidding and bargaining
    20. Economic value of multi-year contracts
    21. Final offer arbitration in major league baseball
    22. Players' unions and collective bargaining
    23. The role of sports agents
    24. Should an athlete turn pro 'early'?
    25. Discrimination in sports.

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  • Author

    Roger D. Blair, University of Florida
    Roger D. Blair is Walter J. Matherly Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Florida, where he has taught since 1970. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Professor Blair is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Antitrust Economics (with David Kaserman), Law and Economics of Vertical Integration and Control (with David Kaserman), Monopsony: Antitrust Law and Economics (with Jeffrey Harrison), Monopsony in Law and Economics (with Jeffrey Harrison, Cambridge University Press, 2010), Intellectual Property: Economic and Legal Dimensions of Rights and Remedies (with Thomas Cotter, Cambridge University Press, 2005), The Economics of Franchising (with Francine Lafontaine, Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Volume 2 of Antitrust Law (with Herbert Hovenkamp, Christine Durrance and Philip Areeda). He is also the editor or co-editor of many volumes, including Proving Antitrust Damages. Professor Blair has written more than 170 articles or chapters in professional economics journals, law reviews and books.

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