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The optimal size of a sports league

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In this contribution, we try to investigate, based on a simple theoretical model, what the optimal number of teams in a league is, taking into account the most important determinants of club revenue and fans’ utility. The number of teams fixed by a monopoly league representing the interests of the participating clubs is clearly smaller than the number of teams in the competitive free-entry market equilibrium. We have also tested, using European football data, whether the long-term equilibrium number of teams in the national top divisions has been determined by the market or by the insiders of the monopoly leagues.

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  • KÉSENNE, Stefan, 2008. "The optimal size of a sports league," Working Papers 2008017, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Business and Economics.
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