Geography of Sports and Sport Facilities



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Chapin's (famous) Professional Sports Stadia Page

[Timothy Chapin received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Washington and is now on the faculty at Florida State University]

Sports Economics

SportsEconomics is the first resource that facilitates the creation and flow of economic and financial analysis relevant to the sports business community.

Rodney Fort's Website on Sport Economics [Washington State University]

Paul Allen's Football and Stadium Pages

Seahawk sale to Paul Allen fraught with tough choices The cover page of Paul Allen's Seahawks Web site features a photograph of the Carolina Panthers' posh outdoor stadium, which is not only the crown jewel of the National Football League but the polar opposite of the utilitarian Kingdome. ( Seattle Times, August 26, 1996, p.A1)

Seattle Seahawks Sadium: 2002!

Canadian Sporting Goods Association

(Seattle) Mariner Economic Analysis By Robert Baade, "nationally known for analyzing stadium proposals" Document Posted on: 3/14/97

"Among the many public finance issues confronting state and local governments, questions regarding subsidies for professional sports are appearing with increasing frequency. The political leadership in Seattle, King County, and the State of Washington, like civic leaders in so many other cities, counties, and states, have been seduced by the promise of substantial economic returns from an investment in professional sports...."

The America's Cup: Build-up to the 2003 Defense: Economic Impact Assessment


Econ 330- Economics of Sports in America [Rodney Fort, Washington State Univ., Fall 2000]

GEOG 4000: SPORT, PLACE AND DEVELOPMENT [Spring, 1998] Instructor: Harrison Campbell (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Newspaper Clippings:


A (much!) more complete Literature list is being maintained by Tim Chapin.

Baade, Robert A. and Dye, Richard F. The Impact of Stadiums and Professional Sports on Metropolitan Area Development. Growth and Change, Spring 1990, 21(2), p. 1.

Bale, J., Sports Geography. London: E.F.& N.Spon, 1989.

Carter, Michael, Bringing Home the Cup [Senior Lecturer in Economics University of Canterbury. Note: This article was published in two parts in the Christchurch Press on Wednesday, 13th September 1995 and Thursday 14th September 1995]

Chapin, Timothy 's Stadia Research

Danielson, Michael N., Home Team: Professional Sports and the American Metropolis. Princeton University Press. 1997. 397pp. [summary in JEL Dec. 1997, p.2161]

Euchner, Charles C. Playing the Field: Why Sports Teams Move and Cities Fight to Keep Them, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.

Fort, Rodney and James Quirk. "Cross-Subsidization, Incentives, and Outcomes in Professional Team Sports Leages," Journ. of Econ. Lit 33 (Sept. 1995), 1265-99. [includes discussion of franchise locations].

Helmke, Paul and Mark Rosentraub, "Location Theory, a Growth Coalition, and a Regime in the Development of a Medium-Sized City", Urban Affairs Review. March 1996. ( Newspaper clipping)

Henry, N. and Pinch, S., (2001) (The) Industrial agglomeration (of Motor Sport Valley): A Knowledge, Space, Economy Approach' in Bryson, J., Daniels, P. and Pollard, J. (eds), Knowledge, Space, Economy, Routledge, London, 2000. [Suzzallo/Allen Stacks HF1025 .K567 2000]

Kahn, Lawrence M., The Sports Business as a Labor Market Laboratory", Journ. of Economic Perspectives, 14(3), Summer 2000, pp.75ff.

Madden, John, University of Tasmania Australia, Hobart, Australia, Matthew Crowe, New South Wales Treasury, Sydney, Australia Estimating the economic impact of the Sydney Olympic Games

This paper employs a multiregional computable general equilibrium (CGE) model to examine the effects on the New South Wales and Australian economies of the 2000 Olympics. The Olympics are modelled over a 12-year period from 1994 to 2005, divided into three phases: (i) the Pre-Event phase, 1994 to 1999; (ii) the Event Year, 2000; and (iii) the Post-Event phase, 2001-2005. Noll, Roger G. and Andrew Zimbalist, eds., Sports, Jobs and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Washington D.C.: Brookings, 1997. [Brief Abstract in JEL June 1998, p.1056]

Quirk, James and Rodney D. Fort. Pay Dirt: The Business of Professional Sports. New updated paperback edition, March 1997. [summary in JEL Dec.1997, p.2152]

Rooney, J.F., A Geography of American Sport: From Cabin Creek to Anaheim. Reading, MA. Addison-Wesley, 1974.

Rosentraub, Mark (1997) Major League Losers: The Real Costs of Sports and Who's Paying for It. Basic Books. Rosentraub, M. and S. Nunn (1978). Suburban city investment in professional sports. American Behavioral Scientist January/February: pps. 393-414.

Rosentraub, Mark et al. (1994). Sport and downtown development strategy: If you build it, will jobs come?. Journal of Urban Affairs Vol. 16(30): pp. 221-239.

Rosentraub, Mark S. (1996). Does the emperorer have new clothes?, a reply to Robert A. Baade. Journal of Urban Affairs, 18(1): pps. 23-31.

Siegfried, John and Andrew Zimbalist, "The Economics of Sports Facilities and Their Communities," Journ. of Economic Perspectives, 14(3), Summer 2000, pp.95ff.

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