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Performance evaluation of National Football League teams

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  • Lawrence Hadley

    (Department of Economics and Finance, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA)

  • Marc Poitras

    (Department of Economics and Finance, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA)

  • John Ruggiero

    (Department of Economics and Finance, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA)

  • Scott Knowles

    (Department of Economics and Finance, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, USA)

Abstract

Most recent empirical analyses of production in the sports economic literature have focused on Major League Baseball. This paper extends that literature by analysing football production in the National Football League (NFL). Using the Poisson regression model, we measure the performance of NFL teams and head coaches. The measure is based on a production process where player skills are converted into games won. The evidence reveals that quality coaching is an important component in the production process. It appears that efficient coaching can account for an additional three to four victories in a given season. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Lawrence Hadley & Marc Poitras & John Ruggiero & Scott Knowles, 2000. "Performance evaluation of National Football League teams," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(2), pages 63-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:21:y:2000:i:2:p:63-70
    DOI: 10.1002/1099-1468(200003)21:2<63::AID-MDE964>3.0.CO;2-O
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    1. Scott E. Atkinson & Linda R. Stanley & John Tschirhart, 1988. "Revenue Sharing as an Incentive in an Agency Problem: An example from the National Football League," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 19(1), pages 27-43, Spring.
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