Competitive Balance and Match Attendance in European Rugby Union Leagues

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Title: Competitive Balance and Match Attendance in European Rugby Union Leagues
Authors: Massey, Patrick
Massey, Shane
Hogan, Vincent (Vincent Peter)
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Date: Oct-2012
Abstract: 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.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Series/Report no.: UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series; WP12/26
Keywords: Professional team sportsCompetitive balanceLeague structuresRevenue sharingSalary capsConsumer demand
Subject LCSH: Rugby Union football--Economic aspects
Professionalism in sports--Economic aspects
Rugby Union football matches--Statistics
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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