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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: Do all sporting prizes have a significant positive impact on attendance in a European national football league? Competitive intensity in the French Ligue 1
Authors: Scelles, Nicolas
Durand, Christophe
Bonnal, Liliane
Goyeau, Daniel
Andreff, Wladimir
Contact Email: nicolas.scelles@stir.ac.uk
Citation: Scelles N, Durand C, Bonnal L, Goyeau D & Andreff W (2016) Do all sporting prizes have a significant positive impact on attendance in a European national football league? Competitive intensity in the French Ligue 1. MPRA Paper, 73844. Munich Personal RePEc Archive.
Keywords: competitive intensity
sporting prizes
attendance
European football
French Ligue 1
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2016
Publisher: Munich Personal RePEc Archive
Series/Report no.: MPRA Paper, 73844
Abstract: Research question: This article investigates the determinants of attendance at French football Ligue 1 matches over the 2008-2011 period, with a focus on the effect of competitive intensity. This is measured by dummies that are functions of the point difference for the home team in relation to the different sporting prizes: title, qualification in UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) club competitions, relegation. The objective is to answer the following question: do all sporting prizes have a significant positive impact on attendance?  Research methods: We specified and estimated a standard attendance equation including 35 explanatory variables of which 9 are related to sporting prizes. The estimations are based on a Tobit model with individual cut-off points to allow for truncation of attendance at the upper bound given by stadia capacity (i.e. sold-out games). 1135 observations are included.  Results and findings: Our results show that all sporting prizes have a significant positive impact on attendance. In particular, there is a significant impact of prizes for potential qualification in the UEFA Europa League which are dependent on the outcome of domestic cups (known only in the last part of season).  Implications: This research contributes to the optimisation of competition format and knowledge on competitive intensity and determinants of attendance. It provides an argument in favour of current sporting prizes for managers in the main European national football leagues.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/24431
URL: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/73844/
Rights: Authors retain copyright. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given. Published in: Ekonomicheskaya Politika / Economic Policy , Vol. 11, No. 3 (June 2016): pp. 87-107.
Affiliation: Sport
University of Caen
University of Poitiers
University of Poitiers
University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne University)

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