ECON 3520 - Sports Economics III
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 3520 Course Sports Economics III Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Winter Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive course up to 14 hours per week Prerequisites ECON 1000, ECON 1004, ECON 1008 Assumed Knowledge ECON 2504, ECON 2506 Course Description The course analyses the economics of the professional sports industry, which is not only big business but also benefits from public policy favour. The sports industry has many peculiar characteristics that are amenable to economic analysis. Among other topics, the course covers market structure, the labour market, public subsidies for stadia, public funding of bids for mega-events and for the events themselves, and corruption.
Course Coordinator: Professor Richard PomfretCourse Coordinator and Co-Lecturer: Professor Richard Pomfret
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Co-Lecturer: Professor John Siegfried
Office location: Nexus 10 Building, Room 4.29
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Tutor: Aaron Blanco
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Lectures and seminars:
11am - 1 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
2 - 3pm or 3 - 4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
There is a one-hour mid-course examination on Wednesday, July 16, at 11:00 am, and a two-hour final examination on Friday, July 25 from 11am - 1 pm.
Course Learning OutcomesThe University of Adelaide is a research-intensive university, which seeks to develop graduates of international distinction by supporting high quality education. The University of Adelaide provides an environment where students are encouraged to take responsibility for developing the graduate attributes listed below. Additionally, the continuing development of good inter-personal and communication skills is widely recognised as important for all graduates, and this course specifically seeks to develop students’ abilities to make oral presentations to their tutorial group, and to write a short research report based on assigned reading material.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 have gained knowledge of the branch of economics devoted to the sports industry 2 have enhanced their analytical skills 3 have gained experience in presenting a report and discussing its content 4 have developed inter-personal and communication skills in small-group discussion
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2, 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 4
Required ResourcesManuscripts of two yet–to-be-published textbooks are posted on MyUni:
Brad Humphreys: The Economics of Professional Sports: An e-Textbook
John Wilson and Richard Pomfret: Public Policy and Professional Sports: International and Australian Experiences
This is copyrighted material, which the authors have made available on a pre-publication basis for your personal use only.
Other readings are available from the Barr-Smith Library electronically or in hard copy. If you are uncertain about how to access online articles, e-books or other materials take the BSL Online Discovery Tour at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/tutorials.html. If a book is on loan from the library, you can recall it http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/tutorials/tut08/demo8.html, and it should be available within a week. This is important for BSL staff to judge demand; if there are multiple requests for a book, the library will take action to increase availability.
Students are recommended to purchase:
Stefan Szymanski: Playbooks and Checkbooks: An Introduction to the Economics of Modern Sports (Princeton UP, 2009). It is available in paperback, is easy to read, and covers many of the topics in this course.
Readings marked * are in a Subject Reader available from the Image and Copy Centre.
Students are expected to read assignments before tutorials. Be prepared to summarize the articles and/or critically evaluate them. Class participation will be evaluated and will count five per cent toward the overall marks for the subject.
Recommended ResourcesIn addition to the listed readings, you should refer to the following collections, which are available from the BSL:
Wladimir Andreff and Stefan Szymanski: Handbook on the Economics of Sport (Edward Elgar, 2009).
Wolfgang Maennig and Andrew Zimbalist: International Handbook of the Economics of Mega Sporting Events (Edward Elgar, 2012) – BSL e-resource
Additional readings may be posted on MyUni.
The final exam consists of essay questions; the more widely you read (and think about the readings), the more likely you are to write better essays.
Online LearningThe overheads from the lectures and selected reading materials will be available on MyUni.
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This translates to 12 hours per week for a semester course.
Learning Activities Summary
Lectures & Seminars Mon 7 July
11.00 - 13.00 Introduction: Overview of sports economics [JS] Tuesday 8
11.00 - 13.00 Demand and short-run pricing [JS] Wednesday9
11.00 - 13.00 Pricing in the inelastic region of demand [JS] Thurs 10
11.00 - 13.00 Price discrimination [JS] Friday 11
11.00 - 13.00 Scalpingand pricing season tickets and individual game tickets [JS] Written Assignment 1 Due: Monday 14 11.00 - 13.00 Team and league behaviour [JS] Tuesday 15
11.00 -13.00 Organizing leagues [RP] Written Assignment 2 Due: Wednesday16
11.00 - 12.00 Mid-semester exam Thursday 17
11.00 - 13.00 Labour markets [RP]
(reveiw of exam)
11.00 -13.00 Broadcasting; economic impact analysis [JS] Monday 21
11.00 - 13.00 Public policy - subsidies (stadia) [RP] Tuesday 22
11.00 - 13.00 Mega-events: what are they worth? - why bid? [RP] Written Assignment 3 Due: Wed 23
11.00 - 13.00 Unethical behaviour, (corruption, doping etc) [RP] Thurs 24
11.00 - 13.00 overview and revision Friday 25
11.00 – 13.00 FINAL EXAM
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TUTORIALS (assignments and participation) 20% MID-SEMESTER EXAM 30% FINAL EXAM 50%
Students are expected to hand in three sets of assignments, each worth 5%, and also prepare and participate in tutorial discussion of assigned key articles.
The mid-semester exam, whose format and content will be announced in class and posted on MyUni, is intended to provide feedback on students’ progress over the first half of the course. The final examination requires students to write extended essay-style answers to two questions. Sample exam questions will be posted on MyUni.
The final exam will cover the entire course. All material from the classes and required readings is examinable; wider reading and deeper thinking are likely to be rewarded by higher grades. Students’ work will be assessed on the logical quality of the arguments presented and on the ability to determine which arguments better explain the facts.
Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process; marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
Students may NOT take a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign) or a CALCULATOR into the examination.
Students are expected to hand in three sets of assignments (questions will be posted on MyUni, and answers are due at the start of the designated tutorial), each worth 5%, and also prepare and participate in seminar discussion of assigned key articles.
The mid-semester exam, whose format and content will be announced in class and posted on MyUni, is intended to provide feedback on students’ progress over the first half of the course.
The final examination requires students to write two essays from a choice of questions. Sample exam questions will be posted on MyUni. The final exam will cover the entire course. All material from the classes and required readings is examinable; wider reading and deeper thinking are likely to be rewarded by higher grades. The essays will be assessed on the logical quality of the arguments presented and on the ability to determine which arguments better explain the facts.
Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process; marks will not be awarded for answers that cannot be read.
Students may NOT take a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign) or a CALCULATOR into the examination.
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