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Title: My team is in contention? Nice, I go to the stadium! Competitive intensity in the French football Ligue 1
Author(s): Scelles, Nicolas
Durand, Christophe
Bonnal, Liliane
Goyeau, Daniel
Andreff, Wladimir
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Keywords: competitive intensity
uncertainty of outcome
sporting stakes
optimal match temporal horizon
French football Ligue 1
Issue Date: 17-Sep-2013
Citation: Scelles N, Durand C, Bonnal L, Goyeau D & Andreff W (2013) My team is in contention? Nice, I go to the stadium! Competitive intensity in the French football Ligue 1, Economics Bulletin, 33 (3), pp. 2365-2378.
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 effect of competitive intensity before a match. Competitive intensity is measured by dummies that are function of the points difference for the home team in relation to ranks with sporting stakes. Eight match temporal horizons are chosen: the points difference makes possible a change in the standing during the next match, the two next matches... until the eight next matches. Besides, in Ligue 1, the fifth and sixth ranks are potentially qualifying ranks for the Europa League and become definitely qualified or not qualified ranks according to progress in the two French cups, for which the outcomes are known in the last part of the season. It explains that competitive intensity is measured both with only sure ranks and sure and potential ranks. Results show that competitive intensity has a significantly positive impact at the 5% level only from the horizon of the three next matches with only sure ranks but for all the horizons with sure and potential ranks. Moreover, when we take into account horizons in and not until a given number of matches, only the three first ones are significant at the 1% level with only sure ranks and only the two first ones with sure and potential ranks. Discussion, implications and avenues are drawn.
Rights: Publisher allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Economics Bulletin, 2012 Vol. 33, No 3, pp.2365-2378 with the following policy:The Author retains the right to reuse or reproduce all work accepted for publication at the Economics Bulletin in any form he chooses subject to the sole condition that proper acknowledgment is made of its prior publication in Economics Bulletin.

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