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.

Hitting the Ball Forward: The Economics of Racquet Sports

Hitting the Ball Forward: The Economics of Racquet Sports

Hitting the ball forward: the economics of racquet sports
Julio del Corral Carlos Gomez-Gonzalez


As a global-impact sport, tennis has received much attention in the academic literature and, therefore, it is the axis around which this chapter will revolve. However, the existence and importance of other racket sports do not allow us to dismiss the opportunity to discuss their implications and future research opportunities. Table tennis, badminton, squash and padel are important sports in so many countries that still remain in the shadow of tennis in the literature on economics.

The impact of the ‘other racket sports’ on the global sport context also differs. While table tennis and badminton have been ...

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