Dennis Coates is Professor of Economics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and was on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill before moving to UMBC in 1995. His research focuses on political economy and public policy issues with emphasis on sport and sports economics topics. He is the editor of the Journal of Sports Economics and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sport Finance, the Journal of Sport Management, Public Choice and several other journals. He was the founding president of the North American Association of Sports Economics.