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

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  • Robert A. Lawson

    () (Auburn University)

  • Kathleen Sheehan

    () (Capital University)

  • E. Frank Stephenson

    () (Berry College)

Abstract

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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  • Robert A. Lawson & Kathleen Sheehan & E. Frank Stephenson, 2008. "Vend It Like Beckham: David Beckham's Effect on MLS Ticket Sales," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 3(4), pages 189-195, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:3:y:2008:i:4:p:189-195
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    1. Budzinski, Oliver & Feddersen, Arne, 2015. "Grundlagen der Sportnachfrage: Theorie und Empirie der Einflussfaktoren auf die Zuschauernachfrage," Ilmenau Economics Discussion Papers 94, Ilmenau University of Technology, Institute of Economics.
    2. repec:bla:ecinqu:v:55:y:2017:i:2:p:1104-1118 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Todd Jewell, 2014. "Major league soccer in the USA," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics of Professional Football, chapter 21, pages 351-367 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    attendance; soccer; MLS; David Beckham;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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