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Title: The many dimensions of competitive balance and the attendance of major league baseball
Author(s): Lei, Xinrong
Director of Research: Humphreys, Brad R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Wicks, Bruce
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Humphreys, Brad R.; He, Xuming; Janke, Megan C.
Department / Program: Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Discipline: Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Competitive Balance Game Importance Growth Model Uncertainty of Outcome Multidimensionality Measures
Abstract: This research proposed a set of measures of Competitive Balance which aims to address three dimensions of Competitive Balance: Closeness, Dominance and Consistency. Longitudinal MLB data is used for empirical evaluation purpose. The matched pair of teams is used as the basic research object in this study, and the growth model is applied to analyze the relationship between game attendances and the proposed measures of Competitive Balance. Research confirmed that Competitive Balance is multidimensional, and not every dimension of Competitive Balance is correlated with game attendance. Fans prefer changes, and they are not attracted by consecutive wins or losses. Rather fans are more like to go to games that can potentially affect teams’ standings in their divisions or league. Fans show no specific preferences to upset games.
Issue Date: 2010-05-14
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Xinrong Lei. All rights reserved.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-05-14
Date Deposited: May 2010

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