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The Impact of a Professional Sports Franchise on County Employment and Wages


  • John Jasina

    () (Claflin University)

  • Kurt Rotthoff

    () (Seton Hall University)


Stadium boosters have long used the promise of economic development as a means to gain public support for financing local sports teams. Past research has shown little or no impact on employment or income when viewed at the MSA level. This paper expands the current literature on the economic impact of professional sports franchises. Following Coates and Humphreys (2003), we look at employment and wages at the county level using detailed SIC and NAICS industry codes. We find mixed results on employment within a county but find a negative effect on the payrolls within specific industries.

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  • John Jasina & Kurt Rotthoff, 2008. "The Impact of a Professional Sports Franchise on County Employment and Wages," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 3(4), pages 210-227, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:3:y:2008:i:4:p:210-227

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    1. Carlino, Gerald & Coulson, N. Edward, 2004. "Compensating differentials and the social benefits of the NFL," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 56(1), pages 25-50, July.
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    1. John Jasina & Kurt Rotthoff, 2012. "A model of promotion and relegation in league sports," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 36(2), pages 303-318, April.
    2. Philip K. Porter & Daniel M. Chin, 2012. "Economic Impact of Sports Events," Chapters,in: International Handbook on the Economics of Mega Sporting Events, chapter 15 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    stadiums; arenas; public finance; professional sports; economic development; economic impact;

    JEL classification:

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


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