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How to account for changes in the size of Sports Leagues? The Iso Competitive Balance Curves

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  • Jean-Pascal Gayant

    (GAINS - Groupe d'Analyse des Itinéraires et des Niveaux Salariaux - UM - Le Mans Université)

  • Nicolas Le Pape

    (CREM - Centre de recherche en économie et management - UNICAEN - Université de Caen Normandie - NU - Normandie Université - UR1 - Université de Rennes 1 - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

In this note, we focus on the measure of Competitive Balance in sport league when the size of the league varies. We construct a Competitive Balnce index defined as the ratio of the actual standard deviation to the maximal standard deviation, the value of the demoninator depending on the size of the league. On the basis of this ratio we then construct Iso Competitive Balance curves.

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Date of creation: 12 Jun 2012
Publication status: Published in Economics Bulletin, Economics Bulletin, 2012, 32 (2), pp.1715-1723
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-00708604
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