Title: The consequences of an open labor market in a closed product market in the economic environment of European professional football
Authors: Dejonghe, Trudo
Van Opstal, Wim
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: International Association of Sports Economists
Series Title: IASE Working paper Series, 0830
Abstract: Ever since the Bosman case opened the labour market for players in European professional football, competitive balance has reduced in favour of the Big 5 leagues (England,
Spain, Italy, Germany and France). In this article we show that changing structures towards an open labour market in a closed product market resulted in a migration of player talents towards the major leagues and teams and in a competitive disadvantage for the smaller market leagues
and their teams. Next to a theoretical argumentation, we provide empirical evidence and assess future options for the structure of European professional football.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: ER
Appears in Collections:Department of International Business, Strategy and Economics (IBSE), Campus Carolus Antwerp
Department of Social Work - UC Leuven

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