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Fan Loyalty in Professional Sports: An Extension to the National Football League

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  • Craig A. Depken, II

    (University of Texas)

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Using the stochastic frontier framework, estimates of relative fan loyalty in professional football for 1990 to 1997 are estimated. The traditional inefficiency score is reinterpreted as a measure of relative fan loyalty, and the results conform to anecdotal evidence as to which teams have the best fans in the National Football League. The decision of whether to relocate a professional football franchise is related to fan loyalty and other explanatory variables. Lt is found that a relatively low level of fan loyalty is a motivating factor in the decision to relocate a franchise to a new host city.

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Article provided by in its journal Journal of Sports Economics.

Volume (Year): 2 (2001)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 275-284

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Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:2:y:2001:i:3:p:275-284

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  1. Young Hoon Lee, 2009. "Estimation of Temporal Variations in Fan Loyalty: Application of Multi-Factor Models," Working Papers 0902, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University, revised 2009.
  2. Kevin Mongeon & Jason Winfree, 2013. "The Effects of Cross-Ownership and League Policies Across Sports Leagues Within a City," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 43(3), pages 145-162, November.
  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. Todd Nesbit & Kerry King, 2010. "The Impact of Fantasy Football Participation on NFL Attendance," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 38(1), pages 95-108, March.
  5. Carolyn A. Dehring & Craig A. Depken, II & Michael R. Ward, 2007. "A Direct Test of the Homevoter Hypothesis," Working Papers 0719, International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists.
  6. Dong C. Won & Young H. Lee, 2008. "Optimal dynamic pricing for sports games with habitual attendance," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(8), pages 639-655.

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