We have just returned from a very successful European Sport Economics Association annual conference, which was hosted this year by the School of Management at the University of Liverpool.
This was the 10th such gathering of sports economists and the event appears to be in very good health, with a diverse range of topics presented, across a wide spectrum of sports.
Amongst other things discussed, the annual general meeting confirmed that the 2019 European Sport Economics Association (ESEA) Conference will be held in Gijon, Spain. For those familiar with the field, Gijon has hosted a very successful annual conference for more than a decade and no doubt the 11th instalment of the ESEA will be just as successful. It is also likely that the 2020 gathering will head to Finland for the first time.
As has become the norm, the International Journal of Sport Finance will be running a special issue of conference papers. Full details of submission can be found here.
Among the highlights was a keynote address on Friday afternoon by Prof Ian McHale of the University of Liverpool. Prof McHale provided an insight into his attempts to develop a player rating system using analytics. It essentially creates a mechanism to weight the marginal benefit of each player, relative to any other in that position, and simulates outcomes based on these changes.
Given his impact in the wider sports industry to date, and player rating systems, this is certainly an area to watch.