Sports Through the Lens of Economic History
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Sports Through the Lens of Economic History

  • New Horizons in the Economics of Sport series

Edited by Richard Pomfret and John K. Wilson

From professional team sports to international events such as the Olympics and Tour de France, the modern sports industry continues to attract a large number of spectators and participants. This book, edited by Richard Pomfret and John K. Wilson analyzes the economic evolution of sports over the last 150 years, from a pastime activity to a big business enterprise. It begins at a time when entrepreneurs and players first started making money from professional sports leagues, through to the impact of radio and TV in the twentieth century, and onto the present day.
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Chapter 7: Workers’ playtime: developing an explanatory typology of work-associated sport in Britain

Wray Vamplew

Abstract

This chapter establishes a chronology of development of work-associated sport. It analyses the workplace as a stimulus to sporting activity, and looks at whether the stimulus has come from employers or employees, what sports were offered and what facilities were provided.

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