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The Sports Economist is produced by a group of scholars who apply economic thinking to sports.  TSE provides commentary and links to issues in the news, along with an occasional essay.

Sports provide an entertaining and unique canvas for illustrating economic forces at work. We try and lend an assist to that at TSE.  The material is written for students, scholars, and fans who want to think about economics and sports.

The site was founded by Clemson Professor Raymond Sauer, aka Skip, in February 2004. TSE became a multi-author blog in January 2005.

Contributors to The Sports Economist include (see disclaimer below):

Dennis Coates, Professor of Economics, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Brian Goff, Distinguished University Professor of Economics, Western Kentucky University
Brad Humphreys, Professor of Economics, University of Alberta
Liam Lenten, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Latrobe University
Robert Macdonald, Senior Fellow, Sports Law Program, University of Melbourne
Victor Matheson, Associate Professor of Economics, College of the Holy Cross
Phil Miller, Associate Professor of Economics, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Raymond Sauer, Professor of Economics, Clemson University

Disclaimer: The views offered by the writers of each post are theirs and theirs alone. Writers do not speak on behalf their institutions, nor on behalf of The Sports Economist as an entity.

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  1. December 23, 2014


    Even though the holidays are right around the corner, I am counting down the days till the Super Bowl.

    I stumbled upon your site,, while I was doing some research, and I see an opportunity for us both to benefit from. (You could get some of your holiday cash back as well!)

    My name is Paula, and I work at, a hub for all your Super Bowl 2015 needs. This site is still in the works, and will be launched in the upcoming weeks.

    Want to know who is up against who? Who is advertising in the Super Bowl? Don’t know what finger licking good food to serve at your Super Bowl party? has everything you need!

    All of us here at are dedicated to providing all of this information.

    With that said, I feel as though we have a common audience. You cater to the needs of sport enthusiasts.

    Anywho, would you be interested in placing a link on your sidebar pointing back at us? Could you please provide me with your rates/requirements so that we can proceed once the site is up and running?

    Happy holidays!

    Paula Barm

  2. Jordan Frank permalink
    January 13, 2015

    Hey Dennis,

    With the bowl season wrapping up we wanted to share a resource we created, an interactive history of college bowl games. It’s been updated to include this year’s games and goes back as far as 1901!

    Check it out at and let us know what you think.

    Would you consider sharing this or even including it in an upcoming article?



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