Publication
Title
Broadcast rights and competitive balance in European soccer
Author
Abstract
Monopolization of broadcast rights for collective sales is a widespread practice in sports leagues. Proponents of this system claim that it is a necessary tool for the maintenance of competitive balance (tension) in sports. In this empirical paper, I argue that, in European soccer, collective sales do not increase competitive balance as compared to individual sales. Further, I demonstrate the negative effect of the UEFA Champions League and the beneficial effect of a more equal distribution of drawing power and a larger domestic market size on competitive balance. These results shed new light on antitrust policies towards the sports industry.
Language
English
Source (journal)
International Journal of Sport Finance
Publication
2011
ISSN
1558-6235
1930-076X
Volume/pages
6:1(2011), p. 23-39
ISI
000287831400002
UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 21.06.2011
Last edited 27.11.2017
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