Call for Papers

XIIth Conference of the European Sport Economics Association (ESEA)

25–27 August 2021, Bielefeld (Germany) – online only

Call for Papers

Researchers are invited to submit a paper for the 12th annual meeting of the European Sport Economics Association. Submissions are welcome relating to any area of sports economics, and including theoretical, empirical and conceptual papers. Completed research and research in progress are equally admissible, but manuscripts already accepted for publication should not be submitted. The conference language is English and the conference is held online via Zoom meetings. Daily sessions run from 3pm–9pm CET to also accommodate North American scholars.

Please submit an extended abstract: 3 pages including detailed information on the theoretical background of the study, the methods used, and the major findings (12 point font; 1.5 spacing; in-text references in APA 7 style, but no references list). The use of the style template from our website is mandatory. All accepted abstracts will be part of a book of abstracts. Upon submitting an abstract researchers agree to the publication of their abstract in the book of abstracts.

Abstracts which pass the double-blind review process will be accepted for presentation at the conference. Should the number of papers passing the review process be larger than the number of available slots for presentations, only one abstract per submitting author will be accepted (regardless of whether co-authors have submitted other papers). The submitting author is expected to present the paper.

Please submit your abstract(s) preferably as a word document to the following address until April 15, 2021:

Abstracts submitted by graduate students may be considered for the ‘Best Young Researcher Paper Award’. Please indicate in the submission whether your paper should be considered, in which case it is mandatory to submit a full paper (30 pages maximum in APA 7 style incl. references, tables, and figures) by July 15, 2021 to Dr. Katrin Scharfenkamp ( For a paper to be eligible, all authors of the research paper must be graduate students, and the young researcher must agree to present the paper at the conference.

Papers presented at the conference will be invited to be submitted to the conference issue of the International Journal of Sport Finance (IJSF).

PhD workshop

Prior to the conference (August 23–24, 2021), a virtual workshop for PhD students will be offered, including the discussion of a particular topic (tbc) and a paper development workshop. PhD students who want to discuss their papers with experienced scholars at the paper development workshop submit short papers (maximum 7 pages, excluding tables, figures and references, APA format) latest on June 30, 2021 to Dr. Katrin Scharfenkamp (

Key Dates

April 15, 2021 – Deadline for abstract submissions

May 31, 2021 – Notification of acceptance

June 30, 2021 – Submission of short papers for paper development workshop (for PhD students)

July 15, 2021 – Submissions of full papers for the ‘Best Young Researcher Paper Award’

July 15, 2021 – Deadline for registration for presenting authors

July 31, 2021 – Deadline for registration for non-presenting participants

August 23-24, 2021 – PhD workshop

August 25-27, 2021 – ESEA conference (AGM on August 26)