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Mechanisms of superstar formation in German soccer: empirical evidence


Franck, E; Nüesch, S (2008). Mechanisms of superstar formation in German soccer: empirical evidence. European Sport Management Quarterly, 8(2):145-164.

Abstract

Based on the competing theories of superstar formation proposed by Rosen (1981) and Adler (1985) it is controversial if first hand observable talent or other factors like past consumption and popularity influence stardom. This article investigates the emergence of superstars in German soccer. We use data on market values and individual player performance and publicity data to differentiate between Rosen's and Adler's theory of superstar formation. Running quantile regressions we find evidence that Adler's theory applies to German soccer stars. Therefore, not only investments in physical talent but also the cultivation of popularity is an adequate strategy for becoming a superstar.

Abstract

Based on the competing theories of superstar formation proposed by Rosen (1981) and Adler (1985) it is controversial if first hand observable talent or other factors like past consumption and popularity influence stardom. This article investigates the emergence of superstars in German soccer. We use data on market values and individual player performance and publicity data to differentiate between Rosen's and Adler's theory of superstar formation. Running quantile regressions we find evidence that Adler's theory applies to German soccer stars. Therefore, not only investments in physical talent but also the cultivation of popularity is an adequate strategy for becoming a superstar.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:June 2008
Deposited On:23 Feb 2009 07:56
Last Modified:06 Dec 2017 18:35
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1618-4742
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/16184740802024450

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