In 1999 the first organization of sports economists, the International Association of Sports Economists (IASE) was formed; in 2007 the North American Association of Sports Economists (NAASE) was established, and the European Sport Economics Association (ESEA) followed in 2009.
The last two lines of Table 2 summarize the number of LACs with a sports management program, and the number with a faculty member who is a member of the North American Association of Sports Economists (NAASE).
Only 14% of the UNIs that do not offer a sports economics course have a NAASE member on the faculty.
where totenroll is the total enrollment at the school, femenroll is the number of females enrolled, NCAA is equal to 1 when a LAC or UNI is a member of the NCAA, totapplicants is the number of total applicants, totadmissions is the number of total admissions, privinst is an indicator variable equal to 1 when a LAC or UNI is a non-profit private institution, ACT SAT is the incoming ACT/SAT math score, and smprogram is an indicator variable equal to 1 when a LAC or UNI has a sports management program, and sptecon is an indicator variable equal to 1 when a LAC or UNI has a NAASE member sports economist on the faculty.
The results generally confirm our findings from the summary data that there are no strong drivers of sports economic course adoption at the institution level except the presence of a NAASE member on the faculty at both LACs and UNIs.
This article also benefited from discussions with seminar and conference participants at the University of Antwerp, the University of Michigan, the EARIE conference in Rome, the NAASE
sessions in San Francisco, the HOC, and the Southern Economic Association Conference in Washington, DC.