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Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport

Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Michael Barry, James Skinner and Terry Engelberg

Employment relations, much discussed in other industries, has often been neglected in professional sports despite its unique characteristics. The book aims to explore in detail the unique nature of the employment relationship in professional sports and the sport industry.

Chapter 11: If you want to play sport professionally, which sport should you choose?

Greg Maynes, Heather Mitchell, Peter Schuwalow and Mark Stewart

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, economics and finance, sports


This study uses statistical techniques to compare the competitiveness of different sports with the number of opportunities there are to become a professional sportsman or sportswoman. It uses these results to rank various team and individual sports in terms of the prospects they offer players or competitors to earn a living from their sport. Comparisons are made between the team sports of Australian football, baseball, cricket, football (soccer), rugby league and rugby union and the individual sports of athletics (track and field), golf and tennis.

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