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The Economic Consequences of Foreigner Rules in National Sports Leagues

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  • Markus Lang

    () (Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich)

  • Alexander Rathke

    () (Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich)

  • Marco Runkel

    () (Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Magdeburg)

Abstract

This paper provides a contest model of a professional team sports league and analyzes the impact of a restriction on foreign players. It shows that a league with binding restrictions on foreign talent for all clubs is more balanced than a league without binding restrictions on foreign talent. Moreover, the wage level of domestic (foreign) talent is higher (lower) in a league with a binding restriction on foreign players. Finally, a tighter restriction on foreign players increases profits of all clubs.

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  • Markus Lang & Alexander Rathke & Marco Runkel, 2009. "The Economic Consequences of Foreigner Rules in National Sports Leagues," Working Papers 0908, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists.
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    Team Sports Leagues; UEFA's Homegrown Rule; FIFA's 6+5 Rule; Competitive Balance; Player Salaries;

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    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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