Optimizing the structure of elite competitions in professional sport - lessons from Rugby Union

  title={Optimizing the structure of elite competitions in professional sport - lessons from Rugby Union},
  author={Michael Morgan},
  journal={Managing Leisure},
  pages={41 - 60}
  • M. Morgan
  • Published 1 January 2002
  • Education
  • Managing Leisure
This paper discusses how the structure of the elite domestic competition between the leading professional teams in a sport can affect the success of the national team. A study of the alternative structures proposed and developed for Rugby Union since the sport turned professional in 1995 reveals the key issues that any sport must resolve. These issues include not only the operational design of the competition and the conditions under which the players are employed but also the underlying… 

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