Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross is currently Professor of Law at the University of Illinois. He graduated from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was associate editor of The California Law Review. He has served as minority counsel for the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate, as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a clerk for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Ross teaches courses in antitrust, sports law, statutory interpretation, and Canadian law. He has served on the University’s Athletic Board and currently chairs its panel to advise athletes concerning careers in professional sports.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Promotion and Relegation

One of the most distinctive differences between team sports in Europe and North America is the institution of promotion and relegation. This paper looks into the history of why this institution developed in Europe but not North America, and considers what effects it may have on the competitive balance of the leagues. While dominance of the leagues by a small number of wealthy teams is a more severe problem in Europe, its effects are mitigated by the opportunity for new teams to enter from below and the excitement generated by the struggle for survival among the weaker teams.

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