A WINNING PROPOSITION: THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE FRANCHISES

Authors

  • MICHAEL C. DAVIS,

    1. Davis: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 65409. Phone 573-308-3031, Fax 573-341-4866, E-mail davismc@mst.edu
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  • CHRISTIAN M. END

    1. End: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207. Phone 513-745-3249, Fax 513-745-3327, E-mail end@xavier.edu
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      The authors would like to thank Brad Humphreys and Dennis Coates as well as Victor Matheson for providing us with their data. The authors would also like to thank two anonymous reviewers for the comments and suggestions.


Abstract

Research has demonstrated that a Super Bowl victory increases the personal income of the individuals in the metropolitan area from which the winning teams come. We argue that the economic benefits should extend beyond just the championship team’s city to the cities of teams that experience seasonal success, and thus, the winning percentages of National Football League teams were included in our model. When controlling for sources of bias, winning percentage of the local professional football team had a significant positive effect on real per capita personal income. Explanations for these conclusions are offered from a psychological perspective. (JEL L83, R19)

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