- Consulting Editors
- Preface to Volume One: The Economics of Sports
- Economics of League Design: Open Versus Closed Systems
- Competitive Balance
- Club Objectives, Competitive Balance, and the Invariance Proposition
- Theory of the Big Dance: The Playoff Pay-Off in Pro Sports Leagues
- Baseball's Antitrust Exemption: History And Current Relevance
- The Reserve Clause and Labor Mobility
- Salary Caps and Luxury Taxes
- International Labor Mobility and the National Basketball Association
- The Demand for Violence in Hockey
- Hockey: Game Design and Overtime
- Field Position and Strategy in American Football
- Network Television Revenue Sharing and Competitive Balance in the NFL
- Competing Leagues, Mergers, and Expansions
- The Bosman Ruling and Labor Mobility in Football (Soccer)
- Labor Supply and Human Capital Formation in Professional Team Sports: Evidence From The Fa Premier League
- Remembering Three Economic Studies on Professional Golf
- The Economics of NASCAR
- To Be or Not to Be: The NCAA as a Cartel
- What Does Intercollegiate Athletics Do to or for Colleges and Universities?
- Is March Madness Contagious?: Post-Season Play and Attendance in NCAA Division I Basketball
- Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics: Economic Considerations and Possible Fixes
- Economics of the Olympics
- The Economics of the World Cup
- Economics of the Super Bowl
- Career Duration in Professional Football: The Case of German Soccer Referees
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter highlights a time series of comparative advertising revenue and ticket prices in secondary markets for the preeminent event in American sports: the National Football League (NFL)'s Super Bowl. The NFL itself has examined the effect of the Super Bowl on taxable sales. It is often claimed that the Super Bowl brings indirect or non-pecuniary benefits to host cities which add substantially to the direct monetary benefits. The game also brings potential intangible benefits to the host city. Ex post economic analyses of the Super Bowl by scholars not financially connected with the game have typically found that the observed effects of the game on real economic variables such as employment, government revenues, taxable sales, GDP, and personal income, although generally positive, are a fraction of those claimed by the league and sports boosters.
Victor Matheson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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