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Financing Professional Sports Facilities


  • Robert A. Baade

    (Department of Business and Economics, Lake Forest College)

  • Victor A. Matheson

    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)


This paper examines public financing of professional sports facilities with a focus on both early and recent developments in taxpayer subsidization of spectator sports. The paper explores both the magnitude and the sources of public funding for professional sports facilities.

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  • Robert A. Baade & Victor A. Matheson, 2011. "Financing Professional Sports Facilities," Working Papers 1102, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:1102

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      by Victor Matheson in The Sports Economist on 2011-05-19 06:44:33
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    1. Övünç Yılmaz & Rob F. Easley & Mark E. Ferguson, 2023. "The future of sports ticketing: Technologies, data, and new strategies," Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 22(3), pages 219-230, June.
    2. Matthew Walker & Haylee Mercado, 2015. "The Resource‐worthiness of Environmental Responsibility: A Resource‐based Perspective," Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 22(4), pages 208-221, July.
    3. Narme, Thibaut, 2013. "On the dynamic of franchise (re)location in the North-American sport leagues," MPRA Paper 50873, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Stadiums; arenas; sports; subsidies;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand

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