Sports economics is a well-established and dynamic area of study; a key component in the fields of sport management, sport science and sport studies, as well as in other areas of economics, finance and management. Covering amateur to professional sports, individual events and organised tournaments, this Handbook provides an authoritative contribution to the understanding of sport in the economy. The editors of The SAGE Handbook of Sports Economics have brought together a global team of respected scholars to create this benchmark collection of insights into sports economics. Each chapter includes a study of a specific context in which issues arise in sports economics, a critical presentation of its main theoretical contributions, an overview of current research findings, and an outline of enquiry for future research. PART I: The Nature and Value of the Sports System and Economy; PART II: Amateur Sports Participation, Supply and Impact; PART III: Professional Team Sports; PART IV: Professional Sports Leagues; PART V: Sports Events and their Impacts; PART VI: Individual Sports; and PART VII: Future Research.

Secondary Ticket Markets for Sport Events

Secondary ticket markets for sport events
Pascal Courty


Secondary resale markets have gone through unprecedented changes over the past 20 years. While resale used to be local and each deal was idiosyncratic, most transactions now take place in one of a few centralized marketplaces. The two main players, StubHub and Ticketmaster, report steady growth. Laws restricting resale have been repealed or are no longer enforced. Many sport organizations now endorse resale and sponsor official secondary marketplaces. Some teams have even started to integrate the primary and secondary markets to offer fans a single place where they can browse through large inventories of tickets, sold by the teams themselves, brokers or other fans.

Several factors have contributed to ...

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