Parachute payments in English football: Softening the landing or distorting the balance?

WILSON, Robert, RAMCHANDANI, Girish and PLUMLEY, Daniel James (2018). Parachute payments in English football: Softening the landing or distorting the balance? Journal of Global Sport Management, 3 (4), 351-368.

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This paper examines the impact of parachute payments in English league football in relation to the competitive balance of the second tier (the Championship). League results and parachute payment fees data were collected for the 11 seasons between 2006/07 and 2016/17. Overall competitive balance was analysed as well as specific aspects of competition that are fundamental to the league - promotion, survival and relegation. Our results show that an increase in the number of clubs with parachute payments and the overall value of these payments coincides with a reduction in competitive balance in the Championship. Furthermore, clubs with parachute payments are twice as likely to be promoted to the English Premier League and considerably less likely to suffer further relegation to the third tier (League 1). The paper therefore proposes either a re-distribution of parachute payments, the abolition of them completely, or a handicap points system to improve competitive balance.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Departments: Health and Well-being > Department of Sport
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Depositing User: Dan Plumley
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2017 13:11
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2018 09:00

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