Practice or Profits
Nancy Jianakoplos () and
Journal of Sports Economics, 2012, vol. 13, issue 4, 451-465
This article investigates whether the outcomes of National Football League (NFL) preseason games are predictors of regular season NFL performance. Using data from the 2002-2010 NFL seasons, the empirical analysis does not find that either a teamâ€™s preseason winning percentage or a win in the third preseason game is a significant indicator of the teamâ€™s regular season winning percentage. This result contrasts with previous findings that preseason game performance did provide an indicator of regular season performance for the 1970-1991 NFL seasons. Preliminary evidence is presented that suggests that the change in the importance of preseason performance in predicting regular season performance started around 1994.
Keywords: NFL; football; preseason (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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