WMU News

Speaker explores link between college sports, finances

February 9, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- In college sports, it may not be how you play the game, but how much money is made in the process, says a well-known economist who will speak at Western Michigan University Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Dr. Richard G. Sheehan, professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, will explore "The Finances of Collegiate Sports: Relations Between Athletics, Academics and Finance" at 3 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. His presentation is free and open to the public.

Sheehan is the author of the 1996 book, "Keeping Score: An Economic Analysis of Big-Time Sports," which was the subject of numerous articles in publications including The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and USA Today. His research has focused on macroeconomics, monetary economics and the economics of sports. He has been at Notre Dame since 1987 and was formerly an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Sheehan's address is the fourth in the 1998-99 Department of Economics lecture series on "The Economics of Sports: Winners and Losers." This is the 35th year of the annual guest lecture series co-sponsored by WMU's Department of Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research of Kalamazoo. Other speakers slated this semester and the topics they will address are:

Both lectures begin at 3 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. For more information, contact Dr. William S. Kern, associate professor of economics and director of the series, at (616) 387-5549.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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