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Down, Set, Hike: The Economic Impact of College Football Games on Local Economies

Robert Baade (), Robert Baumann () and Victor Matheson ()
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Robert Baade: Department of Economics and Business, Lake Forest College

No 701, Working Papers from International Association of Sports Economists, North American Association of Sports Economists

Abstract: This paper provides an empirical examination of the economic impact of spectator sports on local economies. Confirming the results of other ex post analyses of sports in general, this paper finds no statistically significant evidence that college football games in particular contribute positively to a host’s economy. Our analysis from 1970-2004 of 63 metropolitan areas that play host to big-time college football programs finds that neither the number of home games played, the winning percentage of the local team, nor winning a national championship has a discernable impact on either employment or personal income in the cities where the teams play. While successful college football teams may bring fame to their alma mater, fortune appears to be a bit more elusive.

Keywords: sports; football; college sports; impact analysis; mega-event (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 L83 O18 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2007-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-spo and nep-ure
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