Title page for ETD etd-08012012-040247

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Scroggs, Jane A.
URN etd-08012012-040247
Title The internal labor market of professional football
Degree Master of Science
Department Health and Physical Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Driscoll, Margaret L. Committee Chair
Hills, Frederich S. Committee Member
Stratton, Richard K. Committee Member
  • Labor supply
Date of Defense 1987-05-05
Availability restricted
Scholars in many fields have long studied the patterns of employment and promotions in industries and occupations. However, the area of sport has been largely omitted from studies of this type.

This study explored the possibility of an internal labor market for head coaches of the National Football League (NFL). Subjects were those people who were the head coaches of NFL teams for the years 1970 to 1975 and 1980 to 1985. Following theoretical guidelines, the subjects were tested for evidence of industrial, occupational, and/or pure internal labor markets. Statistical treatment of the data utilized chi square tests.

The results of this study provided evidence of industrial and occupational internal labor markets, but there was no support for a pure internal labor market. The tests showed an intertwining of the industrial and occupational internal labor markets over the course of the subjects' careers. There also were significant findings in the areas of mentor and position played by the subjects. This study can serve as a foundation for further studies.

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