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Game Information, Local Heroes, and Their Effect on Attendance: The Case of the Japanese Baseball League

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  • Eiji Yamamura

    (Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan, yamaei@seinan-gu.ac.jp)

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In the Japanese Professional Baseball League (JPBL), the starting pitcher is announced prior to the game in the Pacific League (PL) but not in the Central League (CL). The author attempts to investigate how the release of information concerning a starting pitcher prior to the game affects attendance. The author’s major findings are (a) In the PL, the salary (and overall number of wins) of the home team’s starting pitcher is positively related to attendance, while that of the visiting team is not. (b) In the CL, neither the salary (or the overall number of wins) of the home team’s starting pitcher nor that of the visiting team affect attendance.

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  • Eiji Yamamura, 2011. "Game Information, Local Heroes, and Their Effect on Attendance: The Case of the Japanese Baseball League," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 12(1), pages 20-35, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:12:y:2011:i:1:p:20-35
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    1. Gregory A. Falls & Paul A. Natke, 2014. "College football attendance: a panel study of the Football Bowl Subdivision," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(10), pages 1093-1107, April.
    2. Yamamura, Eiji, 2012. "Effect of the Fukushima accident on saving electricity: The case of the Japanese Professional Baseball League," MPRA Paper 42674, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Yamamura, Eiji, 2014. "Identity, Nostalgia and Happiness among Migrants: The Case of the Kōshien High School Baseball Tournament in Japan," MPRA Paper 53776, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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