Starting in 2020, the ESEA will offer the Peter Sloane award to a member of the sports economics community. The award consists of a certificate and is presented biannually. It is given based on the following criteria:
- Research contribution to European sports economics,
- Development of young scholars in sports economics,
- Service to the development of the European sports economics community.
The nomination committee for the award is chaired by Rob Simmons. At this stage, we invite all members of ESEA to nominate candidates for the award by sending an email to Rob Simmons (). Nominations should include a short motivation, and be submitted by 1 February 2020 at the latest. The award will be presented to the winner at the ESEA conference dinner in Helsinki, 27th August 2020.
Peter Sloane is the first economist in Europe to publish on the economics of team sports. The sports economics literature in the 1960s developed almost exclusively in the United States, under the assumption that professional teams are profit maximizers. Peter Sloane published a classic contribution in 1971, where he extended these models to the case where winning is an explicit objective of a team. His analytical approach in which football teams maximize playing success subject to minimum losses has had continued support in the literature.