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 Australian Rules Football

The Economics of Australian Rules Football

The economics of australian rules football
Ross Booth Robert Brooks

Introduction: The Game, History, Ownership, Objectives and Governance

Australian Rules football (or ‘AFL’ as it is now more commonly known) as a professional game is unique to Australia. Teams are comprised of 18 players (and four interchange) and play on an oval of preferably about 165 metres in length and 135 metres in width. Scoring consists of six points for a goal between the two goalposts and one point for a behind scored between the two goal posts and behind posts. Scoring is high, and scores with as many as 15 goals (with behinds totalling over 100 points) are not uncommon. The ball is oval-shaped ...

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