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Padding Required: Assessing the Economic Impact of the Super Bowl

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  • Victor Matheson

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Robert Baade

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Lake Forest College)

Abstract

Civic boosters generally have estimated the Super Bowl to have an impact of $300 to $400 million on a host city’s economy. The National Football League has used the promise of an economic windfall to convince skeptical cities that investments in new stadiums for their teams in exchange for the right to host the event makes economic sense. Evidence from host cities from 1970-2001 indicates the Super Bowl contributes approximately one-quarter of what the boosters have promised and that the game could not have contributed by any reasonable standard of statistical significance, more than $300 million to host economies.

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Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0403.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2004
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Publication status: Published in European Sports Management Quarterly, Vol. 6:4, December 2006, pp. 353-374.
Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:0403

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Keywords: football; impact analysis; Super Bowl; sports; mega-event;

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  1. Dennis Coates & Brad R. Humphreys, 2002. "The Economic Impact of Postseason Play in Professional Sports," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 3(3), pages 291-299, August.
  2. Robert Baade & Victor Matheson, 1999. "An assessment of the economic impact of the american football championship, the Superbowl, on host communities," IASE Conference Papers 9903, International Association of Sports Economists.
  3. John Siegfried & Andrew Zimbalist, 2002. "A Note on the Local Economic Impact of Sports Expenditures," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 3(4), pages 361-366, November.
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  1. A not so Super Bowl for NOLA
    by Victor Matheson in The Sports Economist on 2013-02-04 15:34:34
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  1. Dennis Coates & Victor Matheson, 2009. "Mega-Events and Housing Costs: Raising the Rent while Raising the Roof?," Working Papers 0903, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  2. Robert Gasquez & Vicente Royuela, 2012. "Is football an indicator of development at the international level?," Working Papers in Economics 275, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.
  3. Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson & Chihiro Muroi, 2008. "Bowling in Hawaii: Examining the Effectiveness of Sports-Based Tourism Strategies," Working Papers 0807, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.
  4. Dennis Coates & Craig A. Depken, II, 2008. "Do College Football Games Pay for Themselves? The Impact of College Football Games on Local Sales Tax Revenue," Working Papers 0802, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.
  5. Robert A. Baade & Victor A. Matheson, 2007. "Professional Sports, Hurricane Katrina, And The Economic Redevelopment Of New Orleans," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 25(4), pages 591-603, October.
  6. Robert Baade & Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson, 2011. "Big Men on Campus: Estimating the Economic Impact of College Sports on Local Economies," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(3), pages 371-380.
  7. Robert Baade & Victor Matheson, 2011. "An Evaluation of the Economic Impact of National Football League Mega-events," Working Papers 1112, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  8. Robert Baade & Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson, 2007. "Down, Set, Hike: The Economic Impact of College Football Games on Local Economies," Working Papers 0702, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  9. Kim, Woosoon & Walker, Matthew, 2012. "Measuring the social impacts associated with Super Bowl XLIII: Preliminary development of a psychic income scale," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 91-108.
  10. Victor Matheson, 2010. "Economics of the Super Bowl," Working Papers 1001, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.
  11. Robert Baade & Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson, 2008. "Rejecting “Conventional” Wisdom: Estimating the Economic Impact of National Political Conventions," Working Papers 0804, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  12. Robert Baade & Victor Matheson, 2007. "NFL Governance and the Fate of the New Orleans Saints: Some Observations," Working Papers 0709, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.
  13. Dennis Coates & Craig A. Depken, II, 2006. "Mega-Events: Is the Texas-Baylor game to Waco what the Super Bowl is to Houston?," Working Papers 0606, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.

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