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The Economics of Football [Paperback]

Stephen Dobson , John Goddard
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2 July 2007
This book presents a detailed economic analysis of professional football at club level, using a combination of economic reasoning and statistical and econometric analysis. Most of the original empirical research reported in the book is based on English club football. A wide range of international comparisons help emphasize both the broader relevance as well as the unique characteristics of the English experience. Specific topics include: the links between football clubs' financial strength and competitive balance and uncertainty of outcome; the determinants of professional footballers' compensation; measuring the football manager's contribution to team performance, the determinants of managerial change, and its effects on team performance; patterns of spectator demand for attendance; predicting match results, betting on football, and the market in football clubs' company shares. The book concludes with an extended discussion of the major economic policy issues currently facing football's legislators and administrators worldwide.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521037204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521037204
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,132,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Theoretical business of football 9 Oct 2001
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I received this book at lunch time today, and 3 hours later I am still wading through it. If you are seriously into economics / management / business / football - yes, all of these, then this book is un-put-downable. It is well written, clear, academic in tone, and chapters can be read in more or less any order. It is more academic than 'winners & losers' by Szymanski & Kuypers but none the worse for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive 20 Oct 2002
I opened this book and thought i would never be able to read but then things started making sense and at the end of the day I was 100% into it. It's very well-written and emphasizes on the most important points. It's very academic and perhaps things that appear in "Economics of Football" could be confusing for a person who knows little or nothing about economics. However, since i am doing econ at the uni, I find this book really facinating. It inspires me to continue to study Economics!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Economics of Football 22 April 2012
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This is very much an academic text. It will not be what the everyday football fan would be expecting. Far from a general text as regards the current financial realities of football in the UK this is an academic textbook which identifies and develops various economic theories as regards the business of sports. Initially these theories come from US sports and given their individual circumstances these are of debatable value to the UK football fan. I personally found this book hard going.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get the newer version 21 Sep 2011
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I just got the newer version in the mail today. It is about 8 years more recent. Similar material and price but the newer version seems to have broken up some of the chapters into smaller pieces.
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