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Team Visibility and City Travel: Evidence From the UEFA Champions' League Random Draw

Bruno Caprettini

Journal of Sports Economics, 2021, vol. 22, issue 1, 85-114

Abstract: Does hosting a sports team boost the visibility of a city among tourists? I test this proposition by looking at the effect of playing soccer’s UEFA Champions' League on air travel. I compare routes across cities that had their teams randomly drawn into the same group in the first phase of the competition to routes across cities hosting teams randomly allocated to different groups. The average effect of being drawn into the same group is between 5% and 8% more arrivals for the 3 months following the group stage, a period which coincides with a break in the competition. The first appearance of a team in the competition has a larger impact on air travel, providing suggesting evidence of diminishing returns of exposure.

Keywords: team visibility; air travel; football; UEFA Champions' League; natural experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/1527002520955208

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