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Teaching Competition in Professional Sports Leagues

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  • Stefan Szymanski

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In recent years, there has been some dispute over the appropriate way to model decision making in professional sports leagues. In particular, Szymanski and Késenne (2004) argue that formulating the decision-making problem in a noncooperative game leads to radically different conclusions about the nature of competition in sports leagues. The author describes a simulation model that can be used in a classroom to demonstrate how competition works in a noncooperative context. More generally, in simulation exercises, students typically gravitate quickly toward the Nash equilibrium, making this a simple and powerful way to introduce them to the concept. The supporting Excel spreadsheet used to conduct the game can be downloaded from the author's personal Web page, http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/faculty/s.szymanski/sports -league-simulation-blank.xls .

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  • Stefan Szymanski, 2010. "Teaching Competition in Professional Sports Leagues," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 41(2), pages 150-168, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:41:y:2010:i:2:p:150-168
    DOI: 10.1080/00220480903382297
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    1. Stefan Szymanski & Stefan KÈsenne, 2004. "Competitive balance and gate revenue sharing in team sports," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(1), pages 165-177, March.
    2. Daniel R. Marburger, 1997. "Gate Revenue Sharing And Luxury Taxes In Professional Sports," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 15(2), pages 114-123, April.
    3. Stefan KÉsenne, 2004. "Competitive Balance and Revenue Sharing," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 5(2), pages 206-212, May.
    4. Stefan Szymanski, 2006. "Tilting the Playing Field: Why a sports league planner would choose less, not more, competitive balance," Working Papers 0620, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists.
    5. Stefan Szymanski, 2003. "The Economic Design of Sporting Contests," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 41(4), pages 1137-1187, December.
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    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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