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Variations in NHL Attendance

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  • Rodney J. Paul

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In recent years the National Hockey League (NHL) has put policies in place to boost attendance. Specifically, these changes have been to curb violence, increase scoring, and move to an unbalanced schedule featuring more games against regional rivals. This research looks at variations in game-to-game attendance in the NHL, focusing on these policy changes. It is found that violence, specifically fighting, tends to attract fans in large numbers across the United States and Canada. Surprisingly, increases in scoring, "ceteris paribus", tend to depress attendance. The change in scheduling by the NHL, however, has been a success, with divisional rivals increasing attendance in U.S. cities and additional contests against other Canadian teams increasing attendance in Canada. Copyright 2003 American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Inc..

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Volume (Year): 62 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 345-364

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  1. John C. Whitehead & Bruce K. Johnson & Daniel S. Mason & Gordon J. Walker, 2009. "Using Revealed and Stated Preference Data to Estimate the Demand and Consumption Benefits of Sporting Events: An Application to National Hockey League Game Trips," Working Papers, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University 09-13, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
  2. Evan Osborne, 2008. "Rivalries," Working Papers, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists 0808, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists.
  3. Mongeon, Kevin & Winfree, Jason, 2012. "Cross-ownership, league policies and player investment across sports leagues," MPRA Paper 39218, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Rodney J. Paul & Robert Chatt, 2011. "Regional Differences in Fan Preferences for Minor League Hockey: The AHL," New York Economic Review, New York State Economics Association (NYSEA), New York State Economics Association (NYSEA), vol. 42(1), pages 63-73.
  5. Lahvicka, Jiri, 2012. "Using Monte Carlo simulation to calculate match importance: the case of English Premier League," MPRA Paper 40998, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Kevin Mongeon & Jason Winfree, 2013. "The Effects of Cross-Ownership and League Policies Across Sports Leagues Within a City," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, Springer, vol. 43(3), pages 145-162, November.
  7. Lenten, Liam J.A., 2011. "The extent to which unbalanced schedules cause distortions in sports league tables," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 28(1-2), pages 451-458, January.
  8. Gregory A. Falls & Paul A. Natke, 2014. "College football attendance: a panel study of the Football Bowl Subdivision," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(10), pages 1093-1107, April.
  9. Rodney Paul & Andrew Weinbach, 2011. "Determinants of Attendance in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League: Role of Winning, Scoring, and Fighting," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 39(3), pages 303-311, September.
  10. Lahvicka, Jiri, 2010. "Attendance of ice hockey matches in the Czech Extraliga," MPRA Paper 27653, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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