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Title: Competitive balance versus competitive intensity before a match: Is one of these two concepts more relevant in explaining attendance? The case of the French football Ligue 1 over the period 2008-2011
Authors: Scelles, Nicolas
Durand, Christophe
Bonnal, Liliane
Goyeau, Daniel
Andreff, Wladimir
Contact Email: nicolas.scelles@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: competitive balance
competitive intensity
uncertainty of outcome
sporting stakes
attendance
French football Ligue 1
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Scelles N, Durand C, Bonnal L, Goyeau D & Andreff W (2013) Competitive balance versus competitive intensity before a match: Is one of these two concepts more relevant in explaining attendance? The case of the French football Ligue 1 over the period 2008-2011, Applied Economics, 45 (29), pp. 4184-4192.
Abstract: The aim of this article is to investigate the determinants of attendance at French football Ligue 1 matches over the period 2008-2011 with an emphasis on examining the effects of both competitive balance and intensity before a match. Competitive balance is measured by the point difference between the two teams concerned by a match in the championship. Competitive intensity is measured by the point difference for the home team in relation to ranks with sporting stakes. Results show that competitive balance has an insignificant impact whereas competitive intensity has a significantly positive impact. Implications are drawn.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/16775
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2013.770124
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Affiliation: Sport
University of Caen
University of Poitiers
University of Poitiers
University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne University)

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