Robert Simmons

Robert Simmons is Professor of Economics at Lancaster University. He areas of expertise in sport include earnings of sports stars; pay and performance of players and teams in US and European sports; spatial and match-by-match models of attendance demand in sports; economics of sports broadcasting;models of outcome uncertainty and competitive balance in sports leagues; betting markets in sports.

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English football: why financial calamity facing clubs is even worse than in mainland Europe

In the German Bundesliga, crowds have returned to stadiums for the 2020/21 football season. Maximum capacity is between 4,600 and 9,300 depending on stadium size, which equates to between 10% and 25% of the norm. France’s Ligue 1 has made similar steps, with small crowds of 1,000 to 5,000...

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