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Handicaps, outcome uncertainty and attendance demand

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  • David Peel
  • Dennis Thomas

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Using data on 'spread' betting odds for rugby league football this study shows that handicap odds are unbiased and efficient predictors of match results and that, as a proxy for match uncertainty of outcomes, the handicap value is a significant determinant of attendance.

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  • David Peel & Dennis Thomas, 1997. "Handicaps, outcome uncertainty and attendance demand," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(9), pages 567-570.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:4:y:1997:i:9:p:567-570 DOI: 10.1080/135048597355041
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