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Power Play

The Business Economics of Pro Sports

Cover image from the Power Play bookWritten by two economists, Power Play looks at the business and economics of professional sports in Canada. Using economic analysis and statistics, this book defines what is required to make a pro sports franchise work in Canada and why some franchises fail. It also looks at which cities are able to support professional sports franchises, based on population size, wealth, and geographic locations—and which ones will be unable to attract or hold on to a pro sports franchise. In particular, the book looks at the economics of the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, the Canadian Football League, and the National Basketball Association.



Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Why This Book?
  • Chapter 1: The Pro Sports Market in Canada
  • Chapter 2: Defining the Market Conditions for Success
  • Chapter 3: Competitive Conditions in Pro Sports Leagues
  • Chapter 4: Why Pro Sports Franchises Succeed … and Fail
  • Chapter 5: Who Should Pay for New Pro Sports Facilities?
  • Chapter 6: Pro League Competitive Conditions and How the NHL Stacks Up
  • Chapter 7: The Case of the Winnipeg Jets and the Quebec Nordiques
  • Chapter 8: The Future of Major League Baseball in Canada


Glen Hodgson Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Mario Lefebvre Mario Lefebvre
Président-directeur général
Institut de développement urbain du Québec

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