Sports Economics, Management and Policy

The Call Up to the Majors

A Proximity-Based Approach to the Economics of Minor League Baseball

Authors: Rhoads, Thomas A.

  • Explores the relationship between minor league baseball and major league baseball using economic analysis
  • Analyzes minor league baseball using approachable applied economic research
  • Develops policy analysis that is useful for minor league and major league baseball executives as well as academics in sports economics and sport management​
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About this book

This book explores the unique relationships between professional baseball teams and the unique ways professional baseball leagues are organized in North America with a primary focus on how proximity can and does impact consumer demand. Perhaps more than any other matter that arises in the business of baseball, proximity to other professional baseball teams is a concern that has uniquely shaped professional baseball leagues in North America.  It is this particular component in how professional baseball leagues are organized that suggests building a proximity-based approach to studying the economics of minor league baseball.  This book opens up new ways to study minor league baseball, specifically, and sports leagues more generally.  So even as advanced technology has eliminated some of the need for fans to be in close proximity to the teams they love to follow, there is still a need to understand more completely how proximity matters can impact the way professional baseball leagues are structured and how that structure can ultimately impact the quality of the games that entertain sports fans everywhere.  This book will be of interest to both sports economists and practitioners.

About the authors

Dr. Rhoads is Professor of Economics at Towson University where he has taught Sports Economics and Macroeconomics Principles since 1999. He has authored papers on minor league baseball, professional golf, and other applied microeconomics topics that have appeared in academic journals including Contemporary Economic Policy, Economics Letters, Journal of Sports Economics, and Southern Economic Journal. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wyoming.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Proximity and Minor League Baseball

    Rhoads, Thomas A.

    Pages 1-13

  • Proximity’s Impact on Minor League Baseball Attendance

    Rhoads, Thomas A.

    Pages 15-38

  • Regionalization of Affiliated Minor League Teams

    Rhoads, Thomas A.

    Pages 39-68

  • Another Affiliation Allocation Model

    Rhoads, Thomas A.

    Pages 69-90

  • Some Select Proposed Affiliation Switches

    Rhoads, Thomas A.

    Pages 91-109

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-8924-5
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-8923-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4939-5439-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Call Up to the Majors
Book Subtitle
A Proximity-Based Approach to the Economics of Minor League Baseball
Authors
Series Title
Sports Economics, Management and Policy
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8924-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8924-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8923-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5439-1
Series ISSN
2191-298X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 121
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
Topics