A longitudinal and comparative analysis of competitive balance in five European football leagues

RAMCHANDANI, Girish, PLUMLEY, Dan, BOYES, Sophie and WILSON, Robert (2018). A longitudinal and comparative analysis of competitive balance in five European football leagues. Team Performance Management, 24 (5/6), 265-282.

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Purpose This paper aims to provide empirical evidence on competitive balance in the 'big five' European football leagues; namely the English Premier League, French Ligue 1, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga. Design/Methodology/Approach Our paper utilises recognised measures of competitive balance to measure levels of concentration (within-season competitive balance) and dominance (between-season competitive balance) in the selected leagues over 22 seasons between 1995/96 and 2016/17. Findings Ligue 1 emerged as the most balanced league in terms of both concentration and dominance measures. Our analysis also points to a statistically significant decline in competitive balance in all leagues apart from Serie A (Italy). Originality/Value The findings of this study are concerning for league organisers. Competition intensity is a key component of a sport league and a league that is dominated by one or a select few clubs is less attractive within the marketplace. This paper presents challenges at league governance level for the five leagues examined.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sport Industry Research Centre
Departments: Health and Well-being > Department of Sport
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-09-2017-0055
Depositing User: Dan Plumley
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 11:45
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2019 14:27
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18757

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