nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2016‒01‒03
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Use and Misuse of Regulation in Fighting Betting Related Corruption in Sport – The German Example By Rebeggiani, Luca
  2. An Inventory of Sports Economics Courses in the US By Brad R. Humphreys; Joshua C. Hall; Hyunwoong Pyun

  1. By: Rebeggiani, Luca
    Abstract: Betting related corruption in sports has increased considerably during the last years, heavily driven by the globalization and digitalization of the worldwide betting market. Using recent data by Sportradar, we examine the particular case of manipulation control in the context of betting regulation in Germany. Here, the legislator recently introduced the possibility for private betting companies to legally enter the sports betting market. However, after 3 years by now, none of the planned licenses has been granted to any company, leaving the whole market in a legally un-regulated “grey area”. Instead, further restrictions for many betting types are under discussion (e.g. the ban of almost all live bets), officially motivated by the aim of preventing betting related corruption. Our analysis yields the following results, whose validity is not restricted to Germany: 1) Market regulations causing the growth of illegal/informal/grey betting markets are counterpro-ductive. 2) The delegation of the supervision of betting markets (including fraud detection sys-tems) to an independent authority is recommended. The same applies to the sanctioning of sus-pected cheaters, which should not be left to the sport federations alone. 3) The government should play the central role in fighting betting related corruption. One fundamental tool for law enforcement is the creation of a legal basis for criminal prosecution. Such a sport-specific ele-ment of crime, labelled e.g. “sport fraud”, could be part of a legislation covering many types of sports manipulation, including doping.
    Keywords: Sports betting; sports economics; regulation; corruption
    JEL: D73 L43 L83
    Date: 2015–12
  2. By: Brad R. Humphreys (West Virginia University, Department of Economics); Joshua C. Hall (West Virginia University, Department of Economics); Hyunwoong Pyun (West Virginia University, Department of Economics)
    Abstract: Sports economics is a young, growing field in the discipline of economics. An examination of course catalogs at 169 national liberal arts colleges and 254 national universities uncovered undergraduate sports economics classes offered at 17% of the liberal arts colleges and 29.5% of the universities. The characteristics of colleges and universities offering sports economics courses are analyzed. The state of the undergraduate curriculum in economics and barriers to the creation of new elective course offerings are also discussed.
    Keywords: sports economics, undergraduate education, elective course offerings
    Date: 2015–12

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