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The League Standing Effect: The Case of a Split Season in Minor League Baseball

Nola Agha and Thomas Rhoads ()

No 2016-13, Working Papers from Towson University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Split season league design resets standings at the midpoint of the season thus allowing for two periods in which a team can potentially achieve success in a single season. This context allows us to test both the reputation of the first half winner and the league standing effect on demand. Examination of game-level data from the 2010 Southern League reveals fans are unaffected by measures of both team quality and league standing. On the other hand, the first half winners achieved attendance nearly 30% higher in the second half of the season suggesting that at this level of competition winning doesn't matter but winners do.

Keywords: Demand; minor league baseball; league standing effect; split season. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L22 L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2016-07, Revised 2016-07
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