Does size matter? An investigation of competitive balance in the English Premier League under different league sizes.

RAMCHANDANI, Girish, PLUMLEY, Daniel, PRESTON, Harry and WILSON, Robert (2019). Does size matter? An investigation of competitive balance in the English Premier League under different league sizes. Team performance management.

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Abstract

Purpose This paper aims to explore at what league size competitive balance reaches its best level through a longitudinal study and using the English Premier League (EPL) as an example. Design/Methodology/Approach In order to test the influence of league size on competitive balance in the EPL, we first calculated competitive balance scores for 22 seasons between 1995/96 and 2016/17 under the existing 20 team system. We then calculated a further ten normalised competitive balance scores for each EPL season by adjusting the league size to examine the league size threshold at which competitive balance in each season of the EPL was at its best level. Findings Analysis indicates that the current league structure of 20 teams compromises the overall level of competitive balance in the EPL in comparison with a league comprising between 10 and 19 teams. However, we cannot pinpoint the precise league size at which the EPL is most competitively balanced as no significant differences were observed between the competitive balance indices for these league sizes. Originality/Value The findings of this study has practical relevance for league organisers and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) given that they themselves have stated that competitive balance will be a big challenge for the European football industry in the coming years.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business And Management; Business & Management
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-10-2018-0064
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 15:10
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 14:02
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23776

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