University of Sussex Business School

Economics of Sports (L1004)

Economics of Sports

Module L1004

Module details for 2022/23.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

The purpose of this module is to explore how economics can be used to explain a variety of selected outcomes and phenomenon in the sports industry but particularly association football. Specifically, we explore how economics can be used to explain competitive balance and outcome uncertainty in professional sports leagues, and salary determination and racial discrimination in sports labour markets. In addition, the module explores how gambling markets can be used to test for information efficiency, how social pressure may impact refereeing behaviour, and how the economics of crime can be used to explain match-fixing in professional team sports.

Module learning outcomes

Systematically understand how economic theory can be used to explain outcomes and phenomena observed in the sports industry.

Systematically understand the methodologies and data used to test economic propositions in the sports industry.

Systematically understand, interpret and critically evaluate the empirical evidence testing economic propositions in the sports industry.

Critically evaluate the nature and structure of labour markets for professional team sports and their local economic impact.

Take Away paperSemester 2 Assessment60.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
MediaT2 Week 11 (2 minutes)25.00%
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (10 minutes)75.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
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Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour11111111111

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Prof Barry Reilly

Convenor, Assess convenor

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