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Teaching competition in professional sports leagues

  • Stefan Szymanski

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    (Tanaka Business School, Imperial College)

In recent years there has been some dispute over the appropriate way to model decision-making in professional sports leagues. In particular, Szymanski and Kesenne (2004), argue that formulating the decision-making problem as a noncooperative game leads to radically different conclusions about the nature of competition in sports leagues. This paper describes a simulation model that van be used in a classroom to demonstrate how competition works in a noncooperative context. The supporting Excel spreadsheet used to conduct the game can be downloaded from the author’s personal webpage http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/s.szymanski.

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File URL: http://college.holycross.edu/RePEc/spe/Szymanski_Teaching.pdf
File Function: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting 2006 of the International and German-Speaking Associations of Sports Economists (IASE and AK), May 4-6, 2006
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Paper provided by International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists in its series Working Papers with number 0602.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: May 2006
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Handle: RePEc:spe:wpaper:0602
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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, 03.
  2. Stefan Szymanski, 2003. "The Economic Design of Sporting Contests," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 41(4), pages 1137-1187, December.
  3. 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.
  4. 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, 04.
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