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Rugby meets economics


  • John McMillan


In professional rugby, the right mix of centralization and decentralization must be found, with both coordination from the rugby union and autonomy for the provincial teams. Too much central control could undermine the credibility of the playing-field competition; too little could allow competitive imbalances to arise. For competitive balance, there must be some rules on the movement of players among teams; however, these rules should not put an undue burden on the players.

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  • John McMillan, 1997. "Rugby meets economics," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(1), pages 93-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:31:y:1997:i:1:p:93-114
    DOI: 10.1080/00779959709544268

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