I am really pleased to let our readers know that Advances in Sports Economics is now available to buy in hardback from Agenda Publishing (Europe) here and Columbia University Press (USA) here.
The collection of chapters examine a wide range of different sports, including baseball, basketball, cricket, football, horse racing, rugby, tennis and Gaelic games. The contributors consider economic issues such as incentives, rule changes, labour markets, competition structure, gambling, gender equality, match official behaviour, superstar players, funding and sports infrastructure, as well as interrogating the methods and theories used in sports economics.
The essays showcase how the application of economic analysis can provide us with a better understanding of the mechanics of professional sport.
The contents of the book is outlined below.
Part 1 Introduction to sports economics
1. A brief history of the economics of sport - Robert Butler
2. Methods and theories commonly applied in sports economics - Robert Simmons
3. Economics, analytics and decisions: some insights from professional team sports on the importance of context -
Part II Team sports
4. Introduction to the economics of major league baseball- Rodney Fort
5. Understanding the NBA through the lens of economic research - Alex Cardazzi and Brad R. Humphreys
6. The economics of Association Football - David Butler and Robert Butler
Part III English “bat and ball” sports
7. It’s just not cricket: rules and the gentleman’s game - James Reade, Carl Singleton and Sarah Jewell
8. Incentive effects: assessing effort and heterogeneity in professional tennis - Ferdi Botha and Byron Chadwick
9. The rise of T20 and the Indian Premier League - Patrick Massey
Part IV Horse racing and sports betting
10. The peculiar economics of horse racing - David Forrest
11. Economic issues of horse racing in Ireland - Tracy Bradfield, Robert Butler and Thia Hennessy
12. All jockeys are equal but some jockeys are more equal than others - Vanessa Cashmore
13. The economics of sports betting and sports betting in economics - Julio del Corral and Carlos Gomez-Gonzalez
Part V Refereeing
14. On and off-field behaviour of match officials in professional team sports - Peter Dawson, Patrick Massey and
15. Do umpires prefer blonds (and other noticeable types) to take Charlie home? - Liam J. A. Lenten
Part VI Indigenous football
16. Playing senior inter-county Gaelic games: the time commitments given and consequences - Elish Kelly
17. Comparing tie breaker modes in an alternate Australia football league draft-pick allocation policy - Noel Boys and Liam J. A. Lenten
Part VII Economics of sports funding
18. Public finance and sport - John Considine
19. Spatial distribution and sports infrastructure - John Eakins