Analysing Determinants of Match Attendance in the European Rugby Cup

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dc.contributor.author Massey, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Massey, Shane
dc.contributor.author Hogan, Vincent (Vincent Peter)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-08T15:10:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-08T15:10:43Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3899
dc.description.abstract The economic literature on professional sports leagues suggests supporters’ utility depends on uncertainty of outcome (competitive balance) and the quality of play. Unlike soccer, where the Champions League is dominated by teams from larger countries, our analysis indicates that the ERC exhibits high degrees of both dynamic and inter-league competitive balance. Using data from 1,096 matches played over 17 seasons, we analyse match attendances in the pool stages of the European Rugby Cup (ERC), a competition that involves teams from the three main European rugby leagues. The results indicate that the quality of the home team is the main determinant of match attendances, although a strong visiting team also raises attendances. Medium-term (seasonal) uncertainty, which has received less attention in the literature, appears far more important than short-run (match) uncertainty. Measures designed to make matches more attractive, e.g. bonus points for high scoring, appear to have had little effect 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 WP12/28 en
dc.relation.requires Economists Online Collection & RePEc en
dc.subject Professional team sports en
dc.subject Competitive balance 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.subject.lcsh Consumption (Economics) en
dc.title Analysing Determinants of Match Attendance in the European Rugby Cup en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/WP12_28.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dc.status Not peer reviewed en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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