The Economics of Team Sport

The Economics of Team Sport

Year: This course will not run in 2018-19. This course is offered on a biennial basis and will next be available in 2019-20.
Course code: ECON4025
Course credits: 15
Taught: Semester 1
Course co-ordinator: Jeanette Findlay
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Economics
Available to visiting students:Yes
Contact for more information: Gillian Weir

Course description

In this course we will use microeconomic analysis to explore and understand the dynamics of professional sports teams.  We will use a variety of economic tools derived from, among other areas of study, labour economics, industrial economics and urban economics to analyse a number of aspects of sport.  Among other things, we will consider the labour market for sport, including human rights in youth sport; antitrust in sport markets; the ways in which professional sport contributes to (or fights against) poverty and inequality.

Learning and teaching methods

20 hours of lectures (10 x 2 hours), Wednesday 11:00-13:00,  (involving an interactive element in each session)

Course texts

  • Andreff, W. and Szymanski, S. (eds).  (2006). Handbook on the Economics of Sport, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • David P. (2006): Human Rights in Youth Sport: A Critical Review of children’s Rights in Competitive Sport, London: Routledge.
  • Downward, P. and Dawson A. (2000).  The Economics of Professional Team Sports, London: Routledge.
  • Fort, R.D. (2007), Sports Economics (2nd Ed), Prentice Hall
  • Fort, R.D. and Fizel J. (2004). Internaltional Sports Economics Comparisons. Greengood Publishing group.
  • Pestano Barros, C., Ibrahim, M. and Szymanski, S. (eds).  (2002). Transatlantic Sport: The Comparative Economics of North American and European Sports, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • Szymanski S. (2009): Playbooks and Checkbooks: An introduction to the economics of Modern Sports. Princeton: Princeton Univiersity Press.


An essay of 2,000 words (30%)
A 2-hour degree exam (April/May) (70%)