Are Voluntary Agreements Better? Evidence from Baseball Arbitration

[We’re pleased to welcome author John W. Budd of the University of Minnesota. Budd recently published an article in the ILR Review entitled “Are Voluntary Agreements Better? Evidence from Baseball Arbitration," which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, Budd reflects on the inspiration for conducting this research:] Think of a dispute you’ve … Continue reading Are Voluntary Agreements Better? Evidence from Baseball Arbitration

Ready, Set, Scholarship! How Athletes Weigh Their College Decisions

It's no secret that high-performing high school athletes are offered college scholarships as a recruiting tactic, from sports varying from football, to swimming, to volleyball. With most every college student applying for and in need of financial aid, sometimes the scholarship stipend could secure a student's acceptance, even if the school isn't his or her … Continue reading Ready, Set, Scholarship! How Athletes Weigh Their College Decisions

Is it a ‘home run’ for vertical integration? Organizational Form in Professional Baseball

At first glance, the organizational form of major league and minor league baseball teams may appear straightforward--minor league teams provide training and experience for players, which provides major league teams with a strong recruitment pool. However, a recent paper published in the Journal of Sports Economics by F. Andrew Hanssen, James W. Meehan Jr., and Thomas … Continue reading Is it a ‘home run’ for vertical integration? Organizational Form in Professional Baseball

The Dynamic Relationship Between Minor League and Major League Baseball

At first glance, the organizational form of major league and minor league baseball teams may appear straightforward--minor league teams provide training and experience for players, which provides major league teams with a strong recruitment pool. However, a recent paper published in the Journal of Sports Economics by F. Andrew Hanssen, James W. Meehan Jr., and … Continue reading The Dynamic Relationship Between Minor League and Major League Baseball

Do New Sports Facilities Prompt New Business in Local Communities?

How well do new sports facilities promote economic growth in a community? Recently published in the Journal of Sports Economics, the article "Do New Sports Facilities Attract New Businesses?" from authors Kaitlyn Harger, Brad Humphreys, and Amanda Ross seeks to answer this question by analyzing how many new businesses open following the opening a new sports facility in … Continue reading Do New Sports Facilities Prompt New Business in Local Communities?

Introducing the New Editor of Journal of Sports Economics!

We're pleased to welcome the new editor of Journal of Sports Economics, Dennis Coates! Dr. Coates graciously provided us with some information on his background: Dennis Coates is Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and was on the faculty of … Continue reading Introducing the New Editor of Journal of Sports Economics!

Is There a Spike in Crime on NFL Game Days?

San Francisco Police were out in force February 3, 2013. Having witnessed chaos after the Giants won the World Series months before, authorities were concerned about the response 49ers fans would have to their team playing in the Super Bowl. Fortunately, disappointed fans created only minor problems. Baltimore police, on the other hand, were less … Continue reading Is There a Spike in Crime on NFL Game Days?

How Do Regulations Affect Athletes’ Doping Decisions?

In 2013, the International Association of Athletics Federations announced that as of January 1, 2015, any athletes with serious doping offenses will receive a four-year ban on competition participation, which for many could mean prohibition from the Olympics. But David Epstein of Sports Illustrated Magazine predicts this won't stop athletes from continuing to use performance … Continue reading How Do Regulations Affect Athletes’ Doping Decisions?

Go Team Girl! Women Empowerment and Olympic Success

Women first took part in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, according to the International Olympic Committee. At the time, out of 997 participating athletes, only 22 were women. By the 2012 Olympics in London, the number of participants had grown to 4,676, with significant rises in the number of participants beginning in 1972.  … Continue reading Go Team Girl! Women Empowerment and Olympic Success

How Do Students Choose Colleges?

It's finally spring time! According to the College Board, most high school students take the SAT for the first time in the spring of their junior year. But how does a student choose which institutions to send their scores to? An article from the Journal of Sports Economics entitled "Understanding College Application Decisions: Why College … Continue reading How Do Students Choose Colleges?