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Returns to Stardom: Evidence From U.S. Major League Soccer

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  • Todd H. Kuethe

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    (Purdue University,)

  • Mesbah Motamed

    (Purdue University,)

Abstract

This study examines the wage determination of professional soccer players in the U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS). In particular, the authors focus on the superstar effects of the league's top athletes. Given the structure of the league, the MLS-designated player rule and all-star game participation provide unique measures of superstar status unattainable in existing studies. We find evidence of a superstar premium both on average and among the league's top earners.

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Article provided by in its journal Journal of Sports Economics.

Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 567-579

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Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:11:y:2010:i:5:p:567-579

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Keywords: soccer; wage determination; superstar effects;

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  1. Kiefer, Stephanie & Scharfenkamp, Katrin, 2012. "The impact of physical attractiveness on the popularity of female tennis players in online media," Discussion Papers of the Institute for Organisational Economics 6/2012, University of M√ľnster, Institute for Organisational Economics.

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