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Title: Star quality and competitive balance? Television audience demand for English Premier League football reconsidered
Author(s): Scelles, Nicolas
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Keywords: Star quality
competitive balance
competitive intensity
television audience
English Premier League football
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Scelles N (2017) Star quality and competitive balance? Television audience demand for English Premier League football reconsidered, Applied Economics Letters, 24 (19), pp. 1399-1402.
Abstract: The aim of this article is to investigate the determinants of television audience for English Premier League (EPL) football matches during the 2013-2014 season (n = 154). The model is adapted from Buraimo and Simmons (2015) who concluded that star quality was an important determinant of television audiences for the EPL over the 2000-2008 period, whereas uncertainty of outcome and championship, Europe and relegation contention were not. Their measures for contention are replaced by indicators based on Scelles et al.’s (2013b 2016) competitive intensity. Results show a significant positive impact of star quality but also championship and Champions League intensity and no significant impact of Europa League, potential Europa League and relegation intensity. Based on these results, the article suggests that the EPL should encourage both star quality and competitive balance so that all teams can be competitive in terms of the title or qualification for the UEFA Champions League. Given the differences in revenue generation between English teams, the best way to achieve both star quality and competitive balance would be through the introduction of a European Super League. However, this conclusion based on television audience contradicts that of Scelles et al. (2016) based on stadium attendance.
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