Managing excellence in USA Major League Soccer: an analysis of the relationship between player performance and salary

Sangkwon Lee, John Harris

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    The purposes of this study are to investigate the factors that could affect player salaries in Major League Soccer (MLS) and to look at the relationship between player salaries, performances and the quest for success. This study deals with three main research questions: (1) What are factors that affect player salaries? (2) What are factors that influence players’ performance? (3) How are player salaries distributed among players? Using four different regression analysis methods, the number of goals, number of assists and minutes of play variables are confirmed as key determinants of player salaries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)106-123
    Number of pages8
    JournalManaging Leisure
    Issue number2/3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012



    • football management
    • player performance
    • player salaries

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