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Who made who?: an empirical analysis of competitive balance in european soccer leagues


Brandes, L; Franck, E (2007). Who made who?: an empirical analysis of competitive balance in european soccer leagues. Eastern Economic Journal, 33(3):379-403.

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The article presents an empirical analysis of the relationship between competitive balance and fan attendance in European Soccer Leagues. Seasonal average match attendance data in professional German, English, Italian and French football during the season 1963-1964 to 2005-2006 formed the basis of the empirical results. A dominating approach among researchers in measuring seasonal competitive balance is the idealized standard deviation of winning percentages and one reason for this is the measure's simplicity. Drawbacks of measuring competitive balance using the said approach has been pointed out by Michie and Oughton and this has been addressed by Cain and Haddock by proposing a different procedure.

The article presents an empirical analysis of the relationship between competitive balance and fan attendance in European Soccer Leagues. Seasonal average match attendance data in professional German, English, Italian and French football during the season 1963-1964 to 2005-2006 formed the basis of the empirical results. A dominating approach among researchers in measuring seasonal competitive balance is the idealized standard deviation of winning percentages and one reason for this is the measure's simplicity. Drawbacks of measuring competitive balance using the said approach has been pointed out by Michie and Oughton and this has been addressed by Cain and Haddock by proposing a different procedure.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:19 Mar 2009 16:40
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:24
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN:0094-5056
Publisher DOI:10.1057/eej.2007.32
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2853

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