Title: Shedding light on the profitability of Italian professional football clubs where a different business model is performing

Authors: Carlo Regoliosi

Addresses: Department of Business Studies, University of Roma Tre, Via Silvio d'Amico, 77, 00145 Rome, Italy

Abstract: Over the last years, several research contributions have investigated the operations of professional football clubs, identifying their economic essence in the production of entertainment, whilst observing significant yearly economical losses in their annual reports. We provide evidence that this 'model' does not hold for all the professional clubs in the Italian 'Serie A' league. A closer look at the economic determinants of their performance shows that there are several entities whose business model runs differently, for: 1) the core activity is not the mere provision of entertainment; 2) the lower the size (in terms of players' book value) the higher the operating profitability.

Keywords: football; players' registration rights; business model; profitability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMM.2018.091334

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 2018 Vol.18 No.1/2, pp.130 - 154

Received: 20 Dec 2016
Accepted: 04 May 2017

Published online: 16 Apr 2018 *

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