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Distance matters in away games: Evidence from the German Football League

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  • Oberhofer, Harald

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    (Universität Salzburg, Fachbereich Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften)

  • Philippovich, Tassilo

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    (Universität Innsbruck, Institut für Finanzwissenschaft)

  • Winner, Hannes

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    (Universität Salzburg, Fachbereich Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften)

Abstract

This paper assesses the role of distance in professional team sports, taking the example of football (soccer). We argue that a team’s performance in terms of scored and conceded goals decreases with the distance to the foreign playing venue. To test this hypothesis empirically, we investigate 6,389 away games from the German Football Premier League (’Erste Deutsche Bundesliga’) between the playing seasons 1986-87 and 2006-07. We find that distance increases a guest team’s propensity to concede goals and exhibits a negative but insignificant impact on the ability to score goals. The parameter estimates of the squared distance terms indicate that the effects of distance on team performance are non-monotonic. Further, focusing on the outcome of the game (i.e., win, draw or defeat) as a measure of the overall success of a football team we observe significantly negative effects of distance.

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Paper provided by University of Salzburg in its series Working Papers in Economics and Finance with number 2009-1.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 28 Oct 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ris:sbgwpe:2009_001

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Keywords: Professional team performance; distance; event count data; poisson regression model;

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  5. Oberhofer, Harald & Stöckl, Matthias & Winner, Hannes, 2012. "The Wage Premium of Globalization: Evidence from European Mergers and Acquisitions," Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2012-1, University of Salzburg.
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