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Measurement of competitive balance in professional team sports using the Normalized Concentration Ratio

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  • Vasileios Manasis

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    (University of Peloponnese)

  • Vassiliki Avgerinou

    ()
    (University of Peloponnese)

  • Ioannis Ntzoufras

    ()
    (Athens University of Economics and Business)

  • J. James Reade

    ()
    (University of Birmingham)

Abstract

Competitive balance is an important concept in professional team sports; its measurement is, therefore, a critical issue. One of the most widely used indices, which was introduced for the estimation of seasonal competitive balance is the Concentration Ratio, which is a relatively simple index and measures the extent to which a league is dominated by a particular number of teams. However, it is shown that both the total number of league teams and the number of dominant teams under examination affects the index's boundaries, which results in a misleading interpretation concerning the level of competitive balance. Thus, we introduce the Normalized Concentration Ratio for the study of competitive balance across leagues or seasons.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 31 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 2529-2540

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00609

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Keywords: competitive balance; concentration ratio; professional sports; sport league;

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  1. P. Dorian Owen & Nicholas King, 2013. "Competitive Balance Measures in Sports Leagues: The Effects of Variation in Season Length," Working Papers, University of Otago, Department of Economics 1309, University of Otago, Department of Economics, revised Jul 2013.
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