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Title: The open labour market and closed product market of professional football leagues in Europe and the consequences for the smaller leagues
Authors: Dejonghe, Trudo
Van Opstal, Wim
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: IASE
Series Title: IASE Working paper Series, 08-30
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:Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
Onderzoekseenheid Internationaal Management en Economie @ Thomas More Antwerpen
Studiegebied Handelswetenschappen & Bedrijfskunde
Division of Geography

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