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.

The Economics of Cricket

The Economics of Cricket

The economics of cricket
Ian Gregory-Smith David Paton Abhinav Sacheti


Professional cricket is one of the most popular team sports in the world. It is the dominant sport in the Indian subcontinent and is also very popular in England, where the sport originated, and several other countries in the Commonwealth such as Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and a number of nations in the Carribean. In 2015, an estimated audience of a billion people watched a live broadcast of the match between India and Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup (Berry, 2015). Despite this, economists have generally paid less attention to cricket than to other sports, such as football, baseball, basketball or American football.

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