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Club Objectives and Ticket Pricing in Professional Team Sports

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  • Stefan Kesenne

    () (University of Antwerp
    Catholic University of Leuven)

  • Wilfried Pauwels

    (University of Antwerp)

Abstract

In this paper we analyze and compare the behavior of sports clubs in a profit and a win maximization league if the decisions on the optimal ticket price and the talent demand have to be made simultaneously. From this 2-decision-variable model, a few interesting conclusions, regarding the impact of the player salary level or a stadium capacity constraint on the ticket price, can be drawn. Also, some important policy implications are considered such as imposing maximum ticket prices, imposing salary caps and granting a government subsidy.

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  • Stefan Kesenne & Wilfried Pauwels, 2006. "Club Objectives and Ticket Pricing in Professional Team Sports," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 32(3), pages 549-560, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:32:y:2006:i:3:p:549-560
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    1. Daniel A. Rascher & John Paul G. Solmes, 2007. "Do Fans Want Close Contests? A Test of the Uncertainty of Outcome Hypothesis in the National Basketball Association," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 2(3), pages 130-141, August.
    2. Madden, Paul, 2012. "Fan welfare maximization as a club objective in a professional sports league," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 56(3), pages 560-578.
    3. Avery, Derek R. & McKay, Patrick F. & Volpone, Sabrina D. & Malka, Ari, 2015. "Are companies beholden to bias? The impact of leader race on consumer purchasing behavior," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 127(C), pages 85-102.

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