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Estimating the Economic Impact of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game Using High Frequency Tourism Data

Robert Baumann (), Victor Matheson (), E. Frank Stephenson and Robert Murray ()
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Robert Murray: College of the Holy Cross

No 2101, Working Papers from College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics

Abstract: Despite claims, primarily from Republican lawmakers, that the removal of the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game has cost local businesses in the Atlanta area $100 million in damages, an examination of hotel occupancy during the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis and the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland suggests that these events generated at most 10,000 additional room nights and $4.5 million in additional hotel revenues for the host cities. These figures suggest that the All-Star Game generates a total direct marginal increase in tourism spending of only $3.9 to $9.4 million. Claiming that Georgia has lost $100 million from the removal of the game is pure fiction with no basis in economic data.

Keywords: sports; stadiums; baseball; All-Star Game; mega-events (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L83 Z20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 13 pages
Date: 2021-07
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-spo, nep-tur and nep-ure
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