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dc.contributor.authorMadden, Paulen_US
dc.contributor.authorRobinson, Terryen_US
dc.description.abstractMotivated by increasing supporter involvement in club governance in English football, the paper presents a simple model of a sports league in which club objectives are utility functions defined over profits, win percentages and fan (=supporter) welfare, formalising a seminal suggestion of Sloane (1971). Consequences of increased utility weight on fan welfare (capturing increased supporter involvement in governance) are unambiguously higher attendances, with more nuanced affects on ticket prices and player expenditure. The attendance affect is consistent with some limited, anecdotal data currently available from clubs with existing supporter boardroom representation. Normatively, positive profits for club owners indicate social sub-optimality.en_US
dc.publisherManchester Business School Manchesteren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesManchester Business School working paper 598en_US
dc.titleSupporter influence on club governance in a sports league: A utility maximization modelen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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