- 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 examines the method by which host countries are selected by Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for the rights to organize the World Cup finals, and also investigates the benefits to host countries from organizing this event. The benefits to soccer fans in a host country from new stadium infrastructure and other legacies of hosting the World Cup finals are explained. The chapter then pays attention to the players participating in the World Cup finals. FIFA operates two key restrictions on stadium development for World Cup finals. Recent appearances in World Cup finals matches do appear to have shop-window effects, both in raising player salaries paid by clubs and by helping players secure transitions to more highly ranked teams. The FIFA World Cup finals are, no doubt, here to stay as a vital component of the sporting calendar.
Rob Simmons, Department of Economics, Lancaster University
Christian Deutscher, Department of Organizational and Media Economics, University of Paderborn.
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