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Contemporary Research in Sports Economics

Proceedings of the 5 th ESEA Conference

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Edited By Oliver Budzinski and Arne Feddersen

This volume comprises scientific contributions in the context of the 5 th 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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Public Opinion on Doping in Cycling: Differences among Population Groups

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Despite the vast amount of literature available on doping in sports, little is known about how the general public actually thinks about doping. It is even more unclear how public opinion on doping differs within the population. Our questionnaire-based study for Flanders (Belgium), with a focus on doping in cycling, shows a strong disapproval of doping use by all respondents. There are statistically significant differences, though, among population groups. Cycling fans tend to be less negative towards doping in cycling than non-cycling fans. Cycling fans also express a clear feeling of their sport being treated unfairly compared to other sports. Furthermore, we observe some clear gender-based and age-based differences in opinion: women and older people are much more opposed to doping than men and younger people.

doping, cycling, public opinion, anti-doping policy, drugs

Understanding public opinion on doping is highly relevant for an effective and well-supported anti-doping policy. Still, despite the enormous amount of public discussion that goes on about anti-doping policies and the vast amount of literature available on doping in sports, little is known about how the general public actually thinks about doping. It is even more unclear how public opinion on doping differs within the population among groups of people.

The aim of this study is therefore to gain insight into popular belief on doping in sports. Our work is complementary to the research by Stamm et al. (2008), Solberg, Hanstad & Thöring (2010), Vangrunderbeek & Tolleneer (2011) and Moston,...

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