Quotation Oberhofer, Harald, Philippovich, Tassilo, Winner, Hannes. 2015. Firm Survival in Professional Sports: Evidence from the German Football League. Journal of Sports Economics 16 (1): S. 59-85.




This article investigates firm survival in professional football, arguing that the relegation and promotion system in football leagues is very similar to firm exits and entries in traditional goods and service markets. Empirically, we use a data set containing information on how long football teams have participated in the German Premier League over the playing seasons 1981-1982 to 2009-2010. Controlling for club- and market-specific characteristics, such as a team’s budget or its squad composition, our findings suggest that younger firms are systematically exposed to higher risks of market exit in professional football, which is often referred to as liability of newness in organizational ecology.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Sports Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D
Language English
Title Firm Survival in Professional Sports: Evidence from the German Football League
Volume 16
Number 1
Year 2015
Page from 59
Page to 85
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1527002512462582


Oberhofer, Harald (Details)
Philippovich, Tassilo (University of Innsbruck)
Winner, Hannes (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg)
Department of Economics (Badinger) (Details)
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