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.

Performance Analytics

Performance Analytics

Performance analytics
Bill Gerrard


Analytics has been one of the buzzwords of the 21st century. A Google search on ‘analytics’ for the calendar year 2000 yields 143,000 hits but five years later this had increased to 2.92 million. By 2010 there were 5.81 million hits on Google but thereafter the growth has been exponential with 122 million hits in 2016. The average annual growth rate between 2000 and 2016 was 52.5% but in the most recent five-year period, 2011–2016, the annual growth rate was 68.1%.

But although data analytics is now widely recognised as playing an important role in the management of performance in business organisations, it is only just beginning to become a subject of academic study in the business disciplines ...

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