The Call Up to the Majors

A Proximity-Based Approach to the Economics of Minor League Baseball

  • Thomas A. Rhoads

Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Thomas A. Rhoads
    Pages 1-13
  3. Thomas A. Rhoads
    Pages 69-90
  4. Thomas A. Rhoads
    Pages 91-109
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 115-121

About this book


This book explores the unique relationships between professional baseball teams and the unique ways professional baseball leagues are organized in North America with a primary focus on how proximity can and does impact consumer demand. Perhaps more than any other matter that arises in the business of baseball, proximity to other professional baseball teams is a concern that has uniquely shaped professional baseball leagues in North America.  It is this particular component in how professional baseball leagues are organized that suggests building a proximity-based approach to studying the economics of minor league baseball.  This book opens up new ways to study minor league baseball, specifically, and sports leagues more generally.  So even as advanced technology has eliminated some of the need for fans to be in close proximity to the teams they love to follow, there is still a need to understand more completely how proximity matters can impact the way professional baseball leagues are structured and how that structure can ultimately impact the quality of the games that entertain sports fans everywhere.  This book will be of interest to both sports economists and practitioners.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas A. Rhoads
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsTowson UniversityTowsonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-8923-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-8924-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-298X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-2998
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