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Game Outcome Uncertainty and the Demand for International Football Games: Evidence From the German TV Market


  • Dominik Schreyer
  • Sascha L. Schmidt
  • Benno Torgler


This article adopts a comprehensive 2-step approach to dissolve recent confusion regarding the role of game outcome uncertainty in the TV demand for international team sports. Analyzing the German TV demand for 457 international football games broadcasted during 6 Fédération Internationale de Football Association World Cups and 5 Union des Associations Européennes de Football European Championships and 287 international games played by the Germany national football team, this study reveals that solely the demand for friendly games is affected by increasing uncertainty regarding the expected game outcomes.

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  • Dominik Schreyer & Sascha L. Schmidt & Benno Torgler, 2017. "Game Outcome Uncertainty and the Demand for International Football Games: Evidence From the German TV Market," Journal of Media Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(1), pages 31-45, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jmedec:v:30:y:2017:i:1:p:31-45
    DOI: 10.1080/08997764.2017.1281818

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    1. Daam Van Reeth & Nikita Osokin, 2020. "The Impact of Hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Differences in TV Viewership Between Seasoned Football Fans and Occasional Watchers of Football Games in Russia," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 21(3), pages 256-280, April.
    2. Osokin, N. & van Reeth, D., 2019. "TV Broadcasting of Major Football Tournaments in Russia: Economic Context and Consumer Preferences," Journal of the New Economic Association, New Economic Association, vol. 41(1), pages 159-185.

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