Global Games: The Economics of Major Sporting Competitions

The Olympics. The World Cup. The Super Bowl. The Boston Marathon. These global sporting events have the potential to create a lasting legacy to the hosting community, boosting the economic, political, and social climates. They provide strong incentive to governments to invest significant resources as the whole world is watching, but are they worth it in the long run? The panel will take a critical look at the effort involved in successfully executing a major sporting event as well as return on investment in terms of driving change for host communities and economies. The discussion will focus on the bidding and hosting process, and the impacts on the host city or country.

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