Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Football players--Salaries, etc.; Fantasy football (Game)--Economic aspects;
Using performance data from 2013 and salary data from 2014 for 426 offensive skill position players in the National Football League (NFL), this study analyzes the determinants of player salaries in rookie and veteran NFL contracts. It is the first study to use fantasy football statistics as a measure of performance across positions. The results indicate that performance, as measured by fantasy football statistics, is the primary determinant of veteran players’ salaries. Under the 2011 NFL Players Association Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), draft position is the primary determinant of rookie players’ salaries.
Year of Submission
Department of Economics
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2016 Trevor Draisey
Draisey, Trevor, "The determinants of NFL player salaries" (2016). Honors Program Theses. 213.