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Edited by John K. Wilson and Richard Pomfret

The economics of sport has been a dynamic branch of economic research in recent years. This reflects the size and salience of the sports industry in many countries and increasingly as an international phenomenon. Professional sports leagues and individual mega-events can be multi-billion-dollar activities driven as much, and sometimes more, by economics as by the sporting aspect. The clear set of rules and ‘big data’ available from many sports has also provided fertile ground for testing and refining responses to incentives and core elements of game theory and behavioural economics.

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Edited by John K. Wilson and Richard Pomfret

The sports sector, apart from being of economic significance in itself, is clearly one that many citizens share a great interest in. It is not mere results, but aspects such as history, statistics, interest in labour markets and finances that often spark people’s interest. Historical Perspectives on Sports Economics explores a variety of topics including mega-event analysis, sports governance, anthropometrics, gambling, industrial organisation, infrastructure development and racial issues. 
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Edited by John K. Wilson and Richard Pomfret

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John K. Wilson

Many people believe that interest in history has waned. University offerings of history degrees have fallen, and there are constant calls to reform and reinvent the teaching of history in our schools. While this may be to some extent true, it is interesting to observe that the sense of history held by most sports fans is deep, and has certainly not changed in many decades. Teams are remembered for their memorable clashes and rivalries, achievements, and on occasion, even their demise over time. Players even long dead are remembered, discussed and compared against their contemporaries. There is a fondness for old stadiums, leagues and these are constantly used as a benchmark against which modern sports are measured.

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Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos

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Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos

Sports governance has developed into a considerable field of research, and has piqued many researchers’ interest worldwide. What’s more, recent scandals that have affected the world of sport can be directly related to misgovernance. Research Handbook on Sport Governance aims to gather the state-of-the art research on sports governance. It offers a vital reference point for advancing research on the matter, while illustrating different approaches and perspectives, such as good governance principles, systemic governance, political governance and network governance.
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Edited by Neil Longley

Sport is an effective industry in which to empirically test theories of personnel economics, primarily because the employer-employee relationship in sport is much more visible and transparent than in almost any other industry. This book examines personnel economics within the context of the professional sport industry. The chapters are organized around the core functional areas of personnel economics and cover all aspects of the employment relationship in sport – from recruiting and selection, to pay and performance, to work team design.
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Edited by Neil Longley

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Brian Goff

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Brian Goff

“Sport has the power to change the world.” Sports Economics Uncut expresses this insight from Nelson Mandela, exploring sports as a fascinating mirror of the world and a powerful agent of change. In it, Brian Goff covers subjects ranging from the ebb and flow of racial discrimination, to inequality, law enforcement, managers and risky decisions, club membership, and politics. Much more than merely a review or synthesis, this book extends existing perspectives and explores provocative questions such as: how systematic is racial bias in pro sports today? Is all racial segregation in sports due to racial bias? How much are college athletes really worth, and is league parity really optimal?