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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (R) is challenged by Barcelona's Gerard Pique during their Spanish first division ‘classic’ match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid March 2, 2013.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (R) is challenged by Barcelona's Gerard Pique during their Spanish first division ‘classic’ match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid March 2, 2013.
(PAUL HANNA/REUTERS)

GLEN HODGSON

European football’s unfairness a pointed lesson for pro sports

Summer is a time for lighter fare, but even then, economists can find an economic message in an unexpected topic such as European football (or soccer). And what we see in top-level European football is an unlevel playing field that is both unfair for fans and a useful lesson for North American pro sports leagues.