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Anthology looking for new ways to teach economics, sports or otherwise, does not impress our reviewer
There is a dire need for a comprehensive pedagogical resource both on diverse approaches to teaching sports economics and the use of sports to teach broader principles of economic concepts. The contributions in Teaching Sports Economics and Using Sports to Teach Economics, edited by Victor A. Matheson & Aju J. Fenn (Edward Elgar) seek to remedy that. Our reviewer, Kjetil K. Haugen, finds some serious flaws in the book, but also successful attempts at providing productive pedagogical pointers.
We asked Professor Kjetil Haugen of Molde University for a review of Kieran Maguire’s 2020 book The Price of Football: Understanding Football Club Finance (Agenda Publishing), but at the time of the publication of his review, a revised second edition of the book is already available. The review is not, we hazard to suggest, out of date, given the overall presentation and general assessment. Besides, the reviewer surprised himself by quite enjoying Maguire’s effort.
Not knowing how a game of sports will end is said to heighten the attraction of watching it. This is the subject of a recent anthology, Outcome Uncertainty in Sporting Events: Winning, Losing and Competitive Balance edited by Plácido Rodríguez, Stefan Kesenne & Brad R. Humphreys (Edward Elgar). Kjetil K. Haugen has spent a fair amount of time and thought on the Uncertainty of Outcome hypothesis, which is evident in his review.
SSSF, a multidisciplinary social sciences sport study journal, welcomes articles that deal with sport and social change and social stability in a wide sense, articles about the profound and comprehensive processes affecting sports such as professionalization, globalization, commercialization, urbanization, technologization, medicalization and juridification.
In his knowledgeable review of Handbook of Research on Sport and Business, an anthology from Edward Elgar edited by Sten Söderman and Harald Dolles, Hans Lundberg cleverly uncovers and balances its weak points as well as its strengths.