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The competitive balance in the Italian football league: A taxonomic approach

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  • Di Domizio Marco

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This paper aims to investigate the dynamics of seasonal competitive balance in Italian Serie A in the last 45 years. Starting from the critics against the stylized conditions of worst competitive balance and using a taxonomic approach it provides a prominent role to the round played and to the position in standing in order to compose a better proxy for the uncertainty. It shows that the time trend rise in competitive unbalance can be dated from middle 90s, but can not be ascribed exclusively to the change in the points system.

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Paper provided by Department of Communication, University of Teramo in its series wp.comunite with number 0048.

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Date of creation: Nov 2008
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