Title
The optimal size of a sports league The optimal size of a sports league
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerp :UA, Faculty of Applied Economics, [*]
Subject
Economics
Source (series)
Research paper; 2008,17
Volume/pages
16 p.,
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In this contribution, we try to investigate, based on a simple theoretical model, what the optimal number of teams in a league is, taking into account the most important determinants of club revenue and fans utility. The number of teams fixed by a monopoly league representing the interests of the participating clubs is clearly smaller than the number of teams in the competitive free-entry market equilibrium. We have also tested, using European football data, whether the long-term equilibrium number of teams in the national top divisions has been determined by the market or by the insiders of the monopoly leagues.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/589b40/83dcc774.pdf
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