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Does Violence in Professional Ice Hockey Pay? Cross Country Evidence from Three Leagues

In: Violence and Aggression in Sporting Contests

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  • Dennis Coates

    (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

  • Marcel Battré

    (University of Paderborn)

  • Christian Deutscher

    (University of Paderborn)

Abstract

Hockey is inherently a rough, physical game. We analyze the impact of physical violence on the success of professional hockey clubs from the highest leagues in North America, Finland, and Germany. Using penalty min as an indicator of violence, the evidence is that incurring penalties will not improve the team’s points and may even reduce them. Actual fights between players are linked to reductions in team points in the National Hockey League (North America). Nor is attendance clearly greater at the home games of highly penalized clubs, though weak evidence of such a relationship is found for the German Ice Hockey League. Team revenues are available only for the North American league, and there is also weak evidence that more penalized teams earn greater revenues.

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  • Dennis Coates & Marcel Battré & Christian Deutscher, 2011. "Does Violence in Professional Ice Hockey Pay? Cross Country Evidence from Three Leagues," Sports Economics, Management, and Policy, in: R. Todd Jewell (ed.), Violence and Aggression in Sporting Contests, edition 1, chapter 0, pages 47-63, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:semchp:978-1-4419-6630-8_4
    DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-6630-8_4
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    Cited by:

    1. Rodney Paul & Andrew Weinbach & Nick Riccardi, 2019. "Attendance in the Canadian Hockey League: The Impact of Winning, Fighting, Uncertainty of Outcome, and Weather on Junior Hockey Attendance," IJFS, MDPI, vol. 7(1), pages 1-11, February.
    2. Craig A. Depken & Peter A. Groothuis & Mark C. Strazicich, 2020. "Evolution Of Community Deterrence: Evidence From The National Hockey League," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 38(2), pages 289-303, April.
    3. Dennis Coates & Brad R. Humphreys, 2012. "Game Attendance and Outcome Uncertainty in the National Hockey League," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 13(4), pages 364-377, August.

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