Transatlantic Sport
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Transatlantic Sport

The Comparative Economics of North American and European Sports

Edited by Carlos Pestana Barros and Muradali Ibrahímo

This book offers a comparative perspective on the economics of sport and highlights both the similarities and differences in the North American and European models of sport. It tackles policy issues, such as the organising, financing and regulation of team sports alongside theoretical issues regarding income redistribution and competitive balance. It also evaluates the impact of sport and sports events on local communities and the wider economy providing a useful contrast of methods and results on the two continents.
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In November 2000 a conference was held in Lisbon organised by CISEP in collaboration with the Department of Economics at ISEG, the Technical University of Lisbon. This conference brought together a group of North American and European researchers (mostly economists) who share an interest in the comparative economics of sports on those two continents. Most of this group have come together under the umbrella of the International Association of Sports Economics (IASE) which is based at the University of Limoges, France,* which is in turn closely connected to the new Journal of Sports Economics. We hope that this book will demonstrate that our proposed research agenda is both illuminating and worthy of further pursuit. It only remains to thank CISEP and ISEG for their generous support in this venture. In particular, we thank Vitor Martins, the President of CISEP, José Manuel Zorro, Murad Ibrahim, Fernando Tenreiro and Carlos Barros for their enormous efforts in making the Lisbon conference a success. Stefan Szymanski, 5 November 2001 * Contact email: xi

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