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dc.contributor.authorOwen, Dorian
dc.contributor.authorKing, Nicholas
dc.date.available2013-07-19T04:18:14Z
dc.date.copyright2013-07
dc.identifier.citationOwen, D., & King, N. (2013). Competitive Balance Measures in Sports Leagues: The Effects of Variation in Season Length (Economics Discussion Papers No. 1309). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/4151en
dc.identifier.issn1178-2293 (Online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/4151
dc.description.abstractAppropriate measurement of competitive balance is a cornerstone of the economic analysis of professional sports leagues. We examine the distributional properties of the ratio of standard deviations (RSD) of points percentages, the most widely used measure of competitive balance in the sports economics literature, in comparison with other standard-deviation-based measures. Simulation methods are used to evaluate the effects of changes in season length on the distributions of competitive balance measures for different distributions of the strengths of teams in a league. The popular RSD measure performs as expected only in cases of perfect balance; if there is imbalance in team strengths, its distribution is very sensitive to changes in season length. This has important implications for comparisons of competitive balance for different sports leagues with different numbers of teams and/or games played. (JEL L83, D63, C63)en_NZ
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dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEconomics Discussion Papers Seriesen_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/*
dc.titleCompetitive Balance Measures in Sports Leagues: The Effects of Variation in Season Lengthen_NZ
dc.typeDiscussion Paperen_NZ
dc.date.updated2013-07-19T03:12:20Z
otago.schoolOtago Business School / Department of Economicsen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpen
otago.relation.number1309en_NZ
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