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Compensation of College Football’s Head Coaches: A Case Study in Firm Size’s Effects on Pay

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  • W. Jennings Byrd

    () (Troy University)

  • Phillip A. Mixon

    () (Troy University)

  • Alan Wright

    () (Troy University)

Abstract

Top management pay and firm size has been well documented. We explore a variation of this relationship by extending it to college sports. College football is big business, and many college football programs operate as large corporations with the head coach acting as a member of top management—similar to the COO—of the football program. Using data from 2006-2012, we examine the causal relationship between a head coach’s school pay, past performance, and football program size. Our results indicate the most important determinant of a head coach’s pay is the total revenue generated by the football program.

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  • W. Jennings Byrd & Phillip A. Mixon & Alan Wright, 2013. "Compensation of College Football’s Head Coaches: A Case Study in Firm Size’s Effects on Pay," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 8(3), pages 224-235, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:8:y:2013:i:3:p:224-235
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    Keywords

    firm size; compensation; head coach; football; college;

    JEL classification:

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

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