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Do Football Clubs Benefit from Initial Public Offerings?

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  • Dirk G. Baur

    () (University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Conor McKeating

    () (Dublin City University)

Abstract

This study analyzes the effects of initial public offerings (IPO) on the performance of European football clubs. We use a unique panel dataset consisting of domestic and international performance data to investigate a football club’s on-field performance before and after going public. The study finds that the performance of football clubs does not improve on average with or after an IPO. Only football clubs in lower divisions benefit from a stock market listing. At the international level, there is no evidence of an improved performance associated with the IPO. The findings are consistent with shareholder ownership imposing tacit restrictions towards excessive debt and investments.

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  • Dirk G. Baur & Conor McKeating, 2011. "Do Football Clubs Benefit from Initial Public Offerings?," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 6(1), pages 40-59, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:6:y:2011:i:1:p:40-59
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    Cited by:

    1. Marc Rohde & Christoph Breuer, 2016. "Europe’s Elite Football: Financial Growth, Sporting Success, Transfer Investment, and Private Majority Investors," International Journal of Financial Studies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(2), pages 1-20, June.
    2. Teodor Dima, 2015. "Manchester United’S Ipo (2012)," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 1, pages 65-71, February.
    3. Stephen Morrow, 2014. "Football finances," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics of Professional Football, chapter 6, pages 80-99 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    football; financial markets; initial public offerings; panel data;

    JEL classification:

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

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