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Vend It Like Beckham: David Beckham's Effect on MLS Ticket Sales

  • Robert A. Lawson

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    (Auburn University)

  • Kathleen Sheehan

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    (Capital University)

  • E. Frank Stephenson

    ()

    (Berry College)

In January 2007, Major League Soccer (MLS) announced that international soccer sensation David Beckham would be joining the league playing for the LA Galaxy. This paper examines Beckham’s effect on MLS ticket sales for the 2007 season. Depending on specification, our results indicate that Beckham increased ticket sales as a share of stadium capacity by about 55 percentage points. We then use these results to evaluate MLS’s Designated Player Rule and to perform a back-of-the-envelope calculation of Beckham’s benefit to the LA Galaxy.

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Volume (Year): 3 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 189-195

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