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Game Attendance and Competitive Balance in the National Hockey League

Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys

No 2011-8, Working Papers from University of Alberta, Department of Economics

Abstract: We examine the relationship between attendance, uncertainty of outcome, and team quality in the National Hockey League. Based on results from a reduced form model of attendance at 6054 regular season NHL games from 2005/06 to 2009/10, we find evidence that attendance increases when fans expect the home team to win by a large margin. Attendance increases for home team underdogs, but the extent of that boost declines as the underdog status worsens. An asymmetric relationship exists between expected game outcomes and attendance, suggesting the need for an expanded definition of the Uncertainty of Outcome Hypothesis.

Keywords: uncertainty of outcome hypothesis; attendance demand; National Hockey League (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D12 L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2011-06-01
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