May 30, 2024  
2017-2018 HillBook (Class of 2021) 
    
2017-2018 HillBook (Class of 2021) [ARCHIVED HILL BOOK]

ECO 244 - The Economics of Sports

Three Credits
Spring Semester

The course analyzes the industry of sports, particularly professional and big-time college sports, using and developing tools of economic analysis, mainly microeconomics.  Topics include the salary structure of professional team sports and the effects of free agency; the factors affecting sports attendance; the value of sports programming to broadcasters and the effect of television revenue; issues in college sports like conference realignment, television contracts, and eligibility rules; the economic effects of professional sports franchises and stadia; and factors affecting competitive balance.

Prerequisite(s)/Restriction(s): ECO 176  and ECO 178  (or their corresponding First-Year Seminar equivalents) and completion of any Statistical Reasoning course.
Note: Course may be applied to the American Studies and Sports, Science & Society programs.