'This book is the first major European research monograph to analyse professional football from an explicitly economic perspective. Dobson and Goddard build upon and extend their prior research into professional football drawing upon rigorous economic theory and econometric analysis. I strongly recommend this book.' Paul Downward, Reader in Economics, Staffordshire University
'Dobson and Goddard present a fascinating and wide-ranging insight into this aspect of the economics of team sports.' Managerial and Decision Economics
'… two of the leading authors in the European sports economics literature, use a combination of economic reasoning and econometric analysis to enlighten us about European football … solid scholarship, providing extensive documentation, a wonderful reference list … profusely illustrated with graphs and charts … I highly recommend it to those sports economists studying the European scene, or for those looking for a technically proficient jump-off for their own analysis of NA or European team sports data.' Review of Industrial Organization
'… a very good and detailed economic analysis of football. The huge empirical evidence the authors present in a very detailed form is especially interesting and useful.' Besprechungen - Comptes Rendus
'To economists that count themselves as fans of English football, this thorough and informative book by Stephen Dobson and John Goddard is worth the wait … you will marvel at the thoroughness of this book and its dedication to matching the right econometric technique to the empirical task at hand … this book should prove to be a catalyst for research for years to come.' Economic Record
'This is a serious academic book, and economists will find plenty of rigorous research to justify their attention … economists with an interest in football … will be absolutely delighted by this book … it is written in a very clear, readable style, making it appear an effortless read, while still employing some of the most up-to-date and rigorous tools in the economist's toolbox.' British Journal of Industrial Relations
An economic analysis of professional football. Uses theoretical and empirical methods to consider role of owners, managers, players and spectators. Concludes with an extended discussion of key policy issues, including European super league proposals, contractual arrangements in the players' labour market, and football's evolving relationship with the broadcasting media.