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The Paradox of Championships "Be Careful, Sports Fans, What You Wish For"

Victor Matheson () and Robert Baade
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Robert Baade: Lake Forest College, http://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/baade

No 2003-13, Department of Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics, Williams College

Abstract: This paper examines issues related to the economic impact of sports championships on the local economy of host cities. While boosters frequently claim a large positive effect of such championships, a closer examination leads to the conclusion that the impact is likely much smaller than touted and may even be negative.

Keywords: Mega-event; sports; sporting events; impact analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L83 R53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003-12
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