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Contemporary Research in Sports Economics

Proceedings of the 5 th ESEA Conference


Oliver Budzinski and Arne Feddersen

This volume comprises scientific contributions in the context of the 5th annual conference of the European Association of Sports Economics (ESEA), which took place in September 2013 in Esbjerg, Denmark. It contains five articles on UEFA’s financial fair play regulation in European football, written by internationally renowned sports economists like Stefan Szymanski, Joel Maxcy and Sean Hamil. Moreover, a further three chapters deal with football topics like the dismissal of coaches or competitive balance. Furthermore, the economics of sports events – the Olympics as well as local events – are analyzed by well-known scholars like Wladimir Andreff and Plácido Rodríguez. Next to team sports, new developments of the economics of individual sports like cycling, ski-jumping and motor-racing are explored.
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Gridiron Games: A Case Analysis of Turf War Issues and the Economic, Social, Cultural, and Political Incentives for Government Subsidization


The purpose of this report was to examine the economic, social, and cultural support of three different amateur college level football “American Gridiron” contests. Results examine how politicians use exaggerated monetary values to garner community support of the events they propagandize.

athletic events, subsidization, reciprocal value, economic impact, politics

Public spending reciprocal value is a complex matter and casual scrutiny of how tax-payer dollars are distributed during the recent United States economic crisis has ostensibly provoked fiscal transparency concerns in the country. Government proration becomes even more concerning when funds are distributed toward leisure initiatives rather than more gripping educational, infrastructure, and law enforcement based public entities. When public officials do invest tax dollars to support recreational facilities or host sports contests economic impact figures are typically publicized to reassure community residents it is money well spent. However, other considerations are often purported to support sport facility and event yields beyond economic growth in the form of social, cultural, and quality of life opportunities gained by a community and its residents. Unfortunately these benefits may succumb to surreptitious biased agendas of sports officials, promoters, and political figures when decisions are made regarding which athletic events get funded and the amounts dispensed. Even though professional sports receive the majority of attention and financial support amateur sporting events may also receive public seed money to build a community venue or host a contest, thus prompting a similar review of their own sport benefit underpinnings. ← 231 | 232 →

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