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The Paradox of Championships: Be Careful What You Wish For, Sports Fans

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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)

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This paper examines issues related to the economic impact of sports championships on the local economy of host cities. While boosters frequently claim a large positive effect of such championships, a closer examination leads to the conclusion that the impact is likely much smaller than touted and may even be negative.

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Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0504.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:0504

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Keywords: impact analysis; sports; mega-event; championship;

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  1. Victor A. Matheson & Robert A. Baade, 2003. "Super Bowl or Super (Hyper)Bole? Assessing the Economic Impact of America's Premier Sports Event," Department of Economics Working Papers 2003-15, Department of Economics, Williams College.
  2. Robert A. Baade & Victor A. Matheson, 2001. "Home Run or Wild Pitch? Assessing the Economic Impact of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 2(4), pages 307-327, November.
  3. 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.
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