Blood Money: Violence for Hire in the National Hockey League

Forthcoming in the International Journal of Sport Finance

Claremont McKenna College Robert Day School of Economics and Finance Research Paper

46 Pages Posted: 19 May 2015

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Richard C. K. Burdekin

Claremont McKenna College - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

Matthew Morton

Claremont McKenna College

Date Written: May 18, 2015

Abstract

Fans have long been attracted to the violence of professional hockey and the positive relationship between attendance and violent incidents has led to its being characterized as a “blood sport.” This paper assesses how NHL salaries reward not only skilled players but also “enforcers” whose value is driven more by fighting ability. We find evidence that the factors determining the salaries of these two player types differ significantly. Enforcers are seen to be valued more for their defensive contributions and only for the enforcer group is there any evidence that penalty minutes have a positive effect on earnings.

Keywords: Hockey; violence; salary determination; NHL; fighting

JEL Classification: J40; J30

Suggested Citation

Burdekin, Richard C. K. and Morton, Matthew, Blood Money: Violence for Hire in the National Hockey League (May 18, 2015). Forthcoming in the International Journal of Sport Finance; Claremont McKenna College Robert Day School of Economics and Finance Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2607637

Richard C. K. Burdekin (Contact Author)

Claremont McKenna College - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance ( email )

500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
United States

Matthew Morton

Claremont McKenna College

500 E. Ninth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
United States

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