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Competitive Balance in Dutch Soccer

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  • Ruud H. Koning

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Most sports are interesting because the outcome of a game cannot be predicted perfectly in advance. Indeed, sometimes sports organizations try to maximize the uncertainty associated with the outcomes of the games by restricting the behaviour of teams and players so as to maximize public interest. The degree of competitiveness in a league is also known as competitive balance. In this paper we propose a simple model analyze the outcome of soccer matches. The parameters of this model are used to assess whether comeptitive balance in Dutch soccer has decreased or increased over time.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Industrial Organization with number 9905001.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 07 May 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:9905001

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Keywords: professional soccer; competitive balance; ordered probit;

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Cited by:
  1. Scott Tainsky & Jason Winfree, 2010. "Short-Run Demand and Uncertainty of Outcome in Major League Baseball," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 37(3), pages 197-214, November.
  2. Antonio Marques, 2002. "Competitive Balance in the Portuguese premier league of professional soccer," Industrial Organization 0211025, EconWPA.

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