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.

This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.



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Education Level: 9-12
Subjects: AP Economics Economics
Concepts: Market Structure
Resource Types: Lesson
Languages: English