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Competitive Balance and Match Attendance in European Rugby Union Leagues

Creator:

Massey, Patrick; Massey, Shane; Hogan, Vincent (Vincent Peter);

Institution: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Subject Keywords: Professional team sports; Competitive balance; League structures; Revenue sharing; Salary caps; Consumer demand; Rugby Union football--Economic aspects; Professionalism in sports--Economic aspects; Rugby Union football matches--Statistics;
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Description:

The paper analyses the impact of the relatively belated move to
professionalism in Rugby Union. We use data on match attendance for 3,667 fixtures
in European club Rugby over 15 seasons to estimate the effect of competitive balance
on attendance. We find that (short- and medium-term) competitive balance has a large
and statistically significant effect. However, this effect is smaller in magnitude than
the effect brought about by the other aspects of the fixture with the strength of the
home team being the single most important influence on attendances.

Related: http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/WP12_26.pdf
Suggested citation:

Massey, Patrick; Massey, Shane; Hogan, Vincent (Vincent Peter); . () Competitive Balance and Match Attendance in European Rugby Union Leagues [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/663833 [Accessed: 26th June 2019].

  

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