Professional Football—Can You Join the League? Lesson for Grades 9-12
Students apply economic concepts to a professional football league. The lesson underscores the importance of incentives, control of supply, and potential market inefficiencies resulting from a cartel. Students assume one of two roles: either (i) a member of a team owner group trying to get its team into the Professional Football League or (ii) a member of the Professional Football League Expansion Committee deciding whether new teams are admitted.
Objectives of this Lesson:
Students will be able to
- recognize competition and incentives in professional sports,
- describe a cartel,
- describe a monopoly,
- explain how professional sports leagues exhibit behaviors of a cartel and a monopoly, and
- interpret the interdependent relationship between a professional sports league and the individual teams in that league.
How does economic competition affect professional sports leagues and teams?
This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.
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