The Economics of the National Football League

The State of the Art

  • Kevin G. Quinn

Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Kevin G. Quinn
    Pages 1-3
  3. The Business of the National Football League

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. John Vrooman
      Pages 7-31
    3. Phillip Miller
      Pages 57-79
  4. The NFL’s Major Revenue Streams

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Aju Fenn
      Pages 81-88
    3. Michael J. Mondello
      Pages 89-105
    4. Stephen McKelvey, Ryan Spalding
      Pages 109-135
  5. Labor Economics of the NFL

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. David J. Berri, Brian Burke
      Pages 137-158
    3. Anthony C. Krautmann, John L. Solow
      Pages 159-171
    4. Keith D. Malone, Jim F. Couch, J. Douglas Barrett
      Pages 189-206
  6. Other Matters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Rodney Fort
      Pages 207-224
    3. Rodney Paul, Robert Simmons, Andrew Weinbach
      Pages 225-242
    4. Robert A. Baade, Victor A. Matheson
      Pages 243-258
    5. Paul B. Bursik
      Pages 259-276
    6. Adam Winters
      Pages 277-323
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 335-338

About this book


This book lays down a marker as to the state of economists’ understanding of the National Football League (NFL) by assembling sophisticated, critical surveys of by leading sports economists on major topics associated with the league.  The book is divided into four parts.  The first three chapters in Part I provide an overview of the business of the NFL from an economist’s perspective.  Part II is a collection of surveys of the economics of the NFL’s most important revenue streams, including media, attendance, and merchandising.  The NFL’s labor economics is the focus of Part III, with chapters on player and coach labor markets, the draft, and contract structure.  Part IV includes essays on competitive balance, gambling, economic impacts of the Super Bowl, behavioral economic issues associated with the league, and antitrust issues.  This book will appeal to sports economists, sports management professionals, and policy-makers, and would be useful as a supplementary text for sports economics and management courses as well as a reference text.

Editors and affiliations

  • Kevin G. Quinn
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of EconomicsSt. Norbert CollegeDe PereUSA

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