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ECC2450 - Sports economics

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader(s): Dr Ross Booth


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


This unit will cover: demand for sport, sports revenues, the economics of sports broadcasting, the pricing of sports events; why professional team sports leagues form, whether clubs are profit-maximisers or win-maximisers, remedies for competitive imbalance such as player drafts, salary caps and revenue sharing, the role of player associations in professional sport; government subsidies in sport, the economic impact of sports events, stadium financing; case studies of professional team sports leagues in Australia, North America and Europe; globalisation in professional sport, future directions in sport.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • examine the so-called 'peculiar' characteristics of sports markets and the policy conclusions that follow
  • analyse the role economic incentives play in determining the behaviour of controlling bodies, leagues, clubs, players, fans, sponsors, the media and government
  • compare and contrast the key features of various sports markets in Australia and overseas
  • use the economic analysis learnt to develop appropriate policies to address economic problems in the sports industry.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

3 hours per week




ECF2450, ECW2450

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