The consequences of an open labour market in a closed product market in the economic environment of European professional football
AbstractEver since the Bosman case opened the labour market for players in European professional football, competitive balance has reduced in favour of the Big 5 leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France). In this article we show that changing structures towards an open labour market in a closed product market resulted in a migration of player talents towards the major leagues and teams and in a competitive disadvantage for the smaller market leagues and their teams. Next to a theoretical argumentation, we provide empirical evidence and assess future options for the structure of European professional football.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists in its series Working Papers with number 0830.
Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Bosman case; competitive balance; international labour mobility; professional team sports; stepping stone league;
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-12-07 (All new papers)
- NEP-LAB-2008-12-07 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2008-12-07 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-SPO-2008-12-07 (Sports & Economics)
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