Competitive Balance and Match Attendance in European Rugby Union Leagues

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dc.contributor.author Massey, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Massey, Shane
dc.contributor.author Hogan, Vincent (Vincent Peter)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-02T17:45:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-02T17:45:46Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3885
dc.description.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. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. School of Economics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP12/26 en
dc.relation.requires Economists Online Collection & RePEc en
dc.subject Professional team sports en
dc.subject Competitive balance en
dc.subject League structures en
dc.subject Revenue sharing en
dc.subject Salary caps en
dc.subject Consumer demand en
dc.subject.lcsh Rugby Union football--Economic aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Professionalism in sports--Economic aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Rugby Union football matches--Statistics en
dc.title Competitive Balance and Match Attendance in European Rugby Union Leagues en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/WP12_26.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Massey|Patrick|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Massey|Shane|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Hogan|Vincent (Vincent Peter)|aut|


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