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Competitive Balance and Match Attendance in European Rugby Union Leagues

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  • Vincent Hogan

    (University College Dublin)

  • Patrick Massey

    (Compecon Ltd)

  • Shane Massey

    (Trinity College Dublin)

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    Abstract

    The paper analyses the impact of the relatively belated move to professionalism in Rugby Union. We use data on match attendance for 3,667 fixtures in European club Rugby over 15 seasons to estimate the effect of competitive balance on attendance. We find that (short- and medium-term) competitive balance has a large and statistically significant effect. However, this effect is smaller in magnitude than the effect brought about by the other aspects of the fixture with the strength of the home team being the single most important influence on attendances.

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    Paper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201226.

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    Length: 33 pages
    Date of creation: 05 Oct 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:201226

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    Keywords: Professional team sports; competitive balance; league structures; revenue sharing; salary caps; consumer demand.;

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