Rugby's Celtic fringe goes global – an economic analysis of the Pro14

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dc.contributor.authorMassey, Patrick-
dc.contributor.authorHogan, Vincent (Vincent Peter)-
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-17T15:30:00Z-
dc.date.available2022-05-17T15:30:00Z-
dc.date.copyright2022 Emeralden_US
dc.date.issued2022-04-07-
dc.identifier.citationSport, Business and Management: An International Journalen_US
dc.identifier.issn2042-678X-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/12887-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The introduction of professionalism in 1995 posed serious challenges for Rugby Union in Ireland, Scotland and Wales given their limited fan bases and broadcast markets. It led to the creation of a new league, the Pro14, with teams from all three countries. The paper asks whether the Pro14 has been a success and whether it might offer lessons for other sports. It thus seeks to extend the knowledge base on professional team sports and derive lessons for management of professional sports leagues in small countries. Design/methodology/approach: The authors analyse Pro14 performance using a range of metrics, including attendances, competitive balance and team performances, in European competitions. The authors also analyse the limited financial data available for Pro14 teams. Findings: Pro14 teams have competed successfully in European competition, offering support for claims that mergers of smaller country leagues could improve competitive balance in European soccer. The Pro14 has increased attendances through specific measures and increased broadcast income through geographic expansion. Many Pro14 teams have struggled financially. Several English and French rugby clubs have also experienced financial problems, suggesting that European rugby may need to introduce financial fair play rules (FFPs) similar to soccer. Practical implications: The paper has implications for the Pro14 and its member clubs, particularly with reference to competition design. It may also have lessons for European football where some have suggested that mergers of smaller country leagues could improve competitive balance in European competitions. Originality/value: The paper contributes to the academic discussion on professional team sports, particularly Rugby Union. The paper has implications for Pro14 clubs and league organisers, particularly with reference to competition design. It may also have lessons for European soccer where some have suggested that mergers of smaller country leagues could reduce the dominance of larger country leagues.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherEmeralden_US
dc.subjectManagementen_US
dc.subjectPerformance measurementen_US
dc.subjectRugby unionen_US
dc.subjectFinancial performanceen_US
dc.subjectSport financeen_US
dc.subjectStructure of professional team sportsen_US
dc.subject.classificationD24en_US
dc.subject.classificationZ20en_US
dc.subject.classificationZ23en_US
dc.titleRugby's Celtic fringe goes global – an economic analysis of the Pro14en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.internal.authorcontactothervincent.hogan@ucd.ieen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.volume12en_US
dc.identifier.startpage1en_US
dc.identifier.endpage20en_US
dc.check.date2022-11-17-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/sbm-04-2021-0050-
dc.neeo.contributorMassey|Patrick|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorHogan|Vincent (Vincent Peter)|aut|-
dc.date.embargo2022-11-17en_US
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dc.description.admin2022-05-16 JG: PDF replaced with correct versionen_US
dc.date.updated2022-04-06T11:43:07Z-
dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/en_US
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