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Winner Take All in the NFL

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  • Michael A. Leeds

    (Temple University)

  • Sandra Kowalewski

    (Temple University)

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In an earlier paper, Kowalewski and Leeds showed that free agency and the salary cap brought profound changes to the level and nature of players’ salaries in the National Football League (NFL). Their study is limited, however, by the fact that—unlike most other professional athletes—football players are evaluated by position-specific statistics. The authors improve on their earlier work by performing quantile regressions on data for specific positions to show how free agency and the salary cap affected compensation. They show that the new bargaining regime greatly increased the reward to performance.

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Article provided by in its journal Journal of Sports Economics.

Volume (Year): 2 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 244-256

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Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:2:y:2001:i:3:p:244-256

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  1. Rockerbie, Duane, 2011. "The Invariance Proposition in Baseball: New Evidence," MPRA Paper 55020, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Rockerbie, Duane W, 2010. "Marginal revenue product and salaries: Moneyball redux," MPRA Paper 21410, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Rob Simmons & David Berri, 2009. "Gains from Specialization and Free Agency: The Story from the Gridiron," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 81-98, February.
  4. Dr Alex Bryson, 2012. "Why Are Migrants Paid More?," NIESR Discussion Papers 3209, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
  5. Kevin G. Quinn & Melissa Geier & Anne Berkovitz, 2007. "Superstars and Journeymen: An Analysis of National Football Team’s Allocation of the Salary Cap across Rosters, 2000-2005," Working Papers 0722, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.
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  9. D Berri & R Simmons, 2007. "Race and the evaluation of signal callers in the national football league," Working Papers 591147, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
  10. R Simmons & D Berri, 2007. "Does it pay to specialize? The story from the Gridiron," Working Papers 591134, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
  11. Frick, Bernd, 2012. "Die Entlohnung von Fußball-Profis: Ist die vielfach kritisierte 'Gehaltsexplosion' ökonomisch erklärbar?," Edition HWWI: Chapters, in: Sport und Sportgroßveranstaltungen in Europa - zwischen Zentralstaat und Regionen, pages 79-110 Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
  12. Conlin, Michael & Orsini, Joe & Tang, Meng-Chi, 2013. "The effect of an agent’s expertise on National Football League contract structure," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(2), pages 275-281.
  13. Borghesi, Richard, 2008. "Allocation of scarce resources: Insight from the NFL salary cap," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 60(6), pages 536-550.
  14. Quinn Andrew Wesley Keefer, 2013. "Compensation Discrimination for Defensive Players," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 14(1), pages 23-44, February.

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