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Is Self-Sufficiency for Womens Collegiate Athletics a Hoop Dream?: Willingness to Pay for Mens and Womens Basketball Tickets

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  • Rosas, Juan (Francisco)
  • Orazem, Peter

Universities spend almost $2 billion subsidizing their collegiate sports programs. Even the most popular women's sport, basketball, fails to break even. An application of Becker's theory of customer discrimination is used to calculate the relative preference for men's basketball for both men and women. Median willingness to pay for men's basketball relative to women's basketball is 180% greater for men and 37% greater for women. Pricing each sport at its revenue maximizing price, revenues from women's basketball are only 43% of that for men, even at a school with historically strong demand for women's sports.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers Archive with number 33822.

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Date of creation: 25 May 2011
Publication status: Published in Journal of Sports Economics, December 2014, vol. 15 no. 6, pp. 579-600
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:33822
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  1. John DiNardo & Justin L. Tobias, 2001. "Nonparametric Density and Regression Estimation," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 15(4), pages 11-28, Fall.
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