Olympic play may harm NHL teams

February 26, 2014

USA_vs_Norway_-_Faceoff_(5)In research that has become very timely with the conclusion of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, an article published in the International Journal of Sport Finance suggests that NHL teams who have players who played in the Winter Olympics are likely to experience a drop-off in success.

The study, conducted by Neil Longley of the University of Massachusetts, is titled The Impact of International Competitions on Competitive Balance in Domestic Leagues: The Case of the National Hockey League’s Participation in the Winter Olympics.

Longley’s research was featured in an article in The New York Times (linked below), which examined just how teams who had star players in the Winter Olympics, may be affected during the remainder of the season. Interestingly, the study suggests that players representing the host country, in this case Russia, may experience the greatest decline in performance once they rejoin their NHL teams.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/sports/hockey/study-says-top-nhl-teams-may-decline-after-sochi.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0


IJSF Access Statistics for December

January 30, 2012

I noticed that I had not posted our access statistics since September.  Sorry for the omission – I’m sure many of you are on the edge of your seats waiting for this.

Page views (file downloads) on participating RePEc services:
Last month:    580 (160)
Previous month: 752 (218)
Last 3 months: 2040 (608)
Last year:     6401 (1780)
Since start:   29060 (7708)
Simple impact factor: 0.37
Recursive impact factor: 0.01
Discounted impact factor: 0.2
Recursive discounted impact factor: 0.01
h-index: 4

The impact factor is up from 0.27 in September.  The journal’s h-index is up from 2 in September.  The h-index is a measure of citations; it shows how many papers have been cited a certain number of times.  An h-index of 4 means that 4 papers in the IJSF have been cited at least 4 times.

Here’s the top downloaded papers in the IJSF…

Click on a column heading to sort by a different category
Rank Journal Article File Downloads Abstract Views
 2011 12  3 months  12 months  Total  2011 12  3 months  12 months  Total
1 Betting Exchanges: The Future of Sports Betting?
Ruud Koning and Bart van Velzen
10 23 72 213 19 56 211 691
2 The Financial Crisis and English Football: The Dog That Will Not Bark
Stefan Szymanski
9 31 43 43 17 51 70 70
3 Ticket Prices, Concessions and Attendance at Professional Sporting Events
Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys
8 30 114 585 29 114 442 2,187
4 Putting Moneyball on Ice?
Daniel Mason and William Foster
6 20 34 111 25 89 161 399
4 Sporting Performances and the Volatility of Listed Football Clubs
Ramzi BenkraiemFrédéric Le Roy and Waël Louhichi
6 8 8 8 12 17 17 17
6 What Drives the Value of Stadium Naming Rights? A Hedonic-Pricing Approach to the Valuation of Sporting Intangible Assets
Bill GerrardMilena Parent and Trevor Slack
5 19 82 423 16 53 190 1,045
6 Book Review: The Economics of Staging the Olympics: A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008, by Holger Preuss
Victor Matheson
5 9 49 163 10 26 115 387
8 Economic Impact Analysis versus Cost Benefit Analysis: The Case of a Medium-Sized Sport Event
Marijke TaksStefan KesenneLaurence ChalipChristine Green and Scott Martyn
4 18 24 24 7 49 65 65
8 Do Football Clubs Benefit from Initial Public Offerings?
Dirk Baur and Conor McKeating
4 10 12 12 6 17 27 27
8 Moneyball Applied: Econometrics and the Identification and Recruitment of Elite Australian Footballers
Mark StewartHeather Mitchell and Constantino Stavros
4 8 15 61 11 25 62 231
8 On the Edge of Your Seat: Demand for Football on Television and the Uncertainty of Outcome Hypothesis
Kevin AlavyAlison GaskellStephanie Leach and Stefan Szymanski
4 7 7 7 12 19 22 22
12 Competitive Balance and Attendance in Major League Baseball: An Empirical Test of the Uncertainty of Outcome Hypothesis
Babatunde Buraimo and Rob Simmons
3 5 10 45 3 8 25 120
12 Private Firm, Public Corporation or Member’s Association Governance Structures in European Football
Egon Franck
3 13 15 15 6 24 29 29
12 The Importance of Import Substitution in Marathon Economic Impact Analysis
Steven Cobb and Douglas Olberding
3 10 22 129 5 27 105 579
12 Performance, Salaries and Contract Length: Empirical Evidence from German Soccer
Bernd Frick
3 10 22 22 8 36 62 62
12 Developing a Profitability Model for Professional Sport Leagues: The Case of the National Hockey League
John Nadeau and O’Reilly, Norm
3 16 42 206 7 40 109 577
12 Economic Multipliers and Mega-Event Analysis
Victor Matheson
3 13 43 120 6 28 87 354
12 The Novelty Effect of the New Football Stadia: The Case of Germany
Arne FeddersenWolfgang Maennig and Malte Borcherding
3 8 33 153 8 19 84 419
12 Playing Like the Home Team: An Economic Investigation into Home Advantage in Football
Mark Koyama and J James Reade
3 11 30 84 8 23 72 239
20 Sports Facilities and Urban Redevelopment: Private and Public Benefits and a Prescription for a Healthier Future
Mark Rosentraub
2 7 35 185 12 28 134 740
20 The Underpayment of Restricted Players in North American Sports Leagues
Anthony KrautmannPeter von Allmen and David J. Berri
2 4 9 16 2 6 18 69
20 Does Athletic Success Generate Legislative Largess from Sports-Crazed Representatives? The Impact of Athletic Success on State Appropriations to Colleges and Universities
Donald Alexander and William Kern
2 3 3 3 2 4 7 7
20 “Say It Ain’t So”: Betting-Related Malpractice in Sport
David ForrestIan McHale and Kevin McAuley
2 9 20 66 9 25 62 175
20 Did the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement Really Improve Team Efficiency in the NHL?
Arne Büschemann and Christian Deutscher
2 3 3 3 3 5 5 5
20 Estimating Baseball Salary Equations from 1961-2005: A Look at Changes in Major League Compensation
Gary Stone and Louis Pantuosco
2 5 16 119 8 23 76 37

An IJSF Editorial Meeting

November 25, 2010

I was recently in Eugene, Oregon, at the University of Oregon-University of Washington football game.  My host was IJSF founder and first editor-in-chief, Professor Dennis Howard.  I’m on the left, in the University of Alberta Pandas hat; Denny is on the right in the Ducks hat.

Denny recently finished a two year term as Dean of the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon.  He has returned to his faculty position at the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center Center.  As you can easily tell from the picture, we have clearly been involved in deep scholarly conversation about the IJSF at the Lundquist tailgate party outside Autzen Stadium before the Oregon-U Dub game.  I can attest to the fact that Lundquist Dean “Kees” de Kluyve knows how to host a tailgate.

For our readers outside North America, a “tailgate party” is a typical social event that takes place prior to a sporting event, traditionally a football game, involving food and liquid refreshments. Since many football stadiums in North America are surrounded by parking lots, this is where many pre-game festivities take place.

Dr. Howard was instrumental in founding the IJSF, and without his efforts, there would be no journal.  He also set the standard for the journal during the first few critical years of operation, and provided the current editorial team with a great foundation for moving the journal forward.


IJSF Access Statistics for May

June 15, 2010

Here’s the May access statistics from RePEc:

Page views (file downloads) on participating RePEc services:
Last month:    438 (143)
Previous month: 673 (197)
Last 3 months: 1734 (518)
Last year:     6960 (1900)
Since start:   19463 (5061)
Simple impact factor: 0.3
Recursive impact factor: 0.01
Discounted impact factor: 0.11
Recursive discounted impact factor: 0.01
h-index: 2
Citation extraction: http://citec.repec.org/cgi-bin/as.pl?h=RePEc:jsf:intjsf

The impact factor  was up a tick.  Here are the top items:

Rank Journal Article File Downloads Abstract Views
Last month 3 months Total Last month 3 months Total
1 Pay and Performance in Professional Road Racing: The Case of City Marathons
Bernd Frick and Joachim Prinz
8 16 99 10 25 247
1 Ticket Prices, Concessions and Attendance at Professional Sporting Events
Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys
8 42 399 37 155 1,480
3 “Say It Ain’t So”: Betting-Related Malpractice in Sport
David Forrest, Ian McHale and Kevin McAuley
6 8 36 10 17 91
3 The Causality between Salary Structures and Team Performance: A Panel Analysis in a Professional Baseball League
Jane, Wen-Jhan, Gee San and Ou, Yi-Pey
6 11 59 12 31 167
5 Organizational Forms in Professional Cycling: An Examination of the Efficiency of the UCI Pro Tour
Luca Rebeggiani and Davide Tondani
5 6 28 10 15 63
6 What Drives the Value of Stadium Naming Rights? A Hedonic-Pricing Approach to the Valuation of Sporting Intangible Assets
Bill Gerrard, Milena Parent and Trevor Slack
4 24 306 14 48 780
6 Developing a Profitability Model for Professional Sport Leagues: The Case of the National Hockey League
John Nadeau and O’Reilly, Norm
4 6 149 5 15 416
6 Economic Multipliers and Mega-Event Analysis
Victor Matheson
4 9 60 9 36 227
6 Estimating Baseball Salary Equations from 1961-2005: A Look at Changes in Major League Compensation
Gary Stone and Louis Pantuosco
4 18 85 7 40 245
6 The Role of Managers in Team Performance
David J. Berri, Michael A. Leeds, Eva Leeds and Michael Mondello
4 10 50 4 20 159
11 Sports Facilities and Urban Redevelopment: Private and Public Benefits and a Prescription for a Healthier Future
Mark Rosentraub
3 10 133 8 39 500
11 Putting Moneyball on Ice?
Daniel Mason and William Foster
3 7 57 9 23 197
11 Stadium Alcohol Availability and Baseball Attendance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
Benjamin Andrew Chupp, E. Frank Stephenson and Ron Taylor
3 8 113 7 20 504
11 The Auctioning of TV-Sports Rights
Harry Solberg
3 3 86 4 10 256
11 Executive Interview: David Taylor
Troels Troelsen
3 6 16 4 17 51
11 Book Review: The Economics of Staging the Olympics: A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008, by Holger Preuss
Victor Matheson
3 14 101 4 29 227
11 Betting Exchanges: The Future of Sports Betting?
Ruud Koning and Bart van Velzen
3 16 104 19 75 347
11 Book Review: The Economics of Sport and the Media
Brad Humphreys
3 8 86 7 19 261
11 Investment in Stadia and Regional Economic Development—Evidence from FIFA World Cup 2006
Arne Feddersen, André Grötzinger and Wolfgang Maennig
3 11 18 7 30 66
11 The Impact of Athletic Performance on Tuition Rates
Donald Alexander and William Kern
3 10 22 7 27 65
11 The Tax Benefits of Hosting the Super Bowl and the MLB All-Star Game: The Houston Experience
Dennis Coates
3 17 176 10 65 682
22 The Use of Public Funds for Private Benefit: An Examination of the Relationship Between Public Stadium Funding and Ticket Prices in the National Football League
Matthew Brown, Daniel A. Rascher and Wesley Ward
2 3 37 6 13 191
22 Vend It Like Beckham: David Beckham’s Effect on MLS Ticket Sales
Robert A. Lawson, Kathleen Sheehan and E. Frank Stephenson
2 19 101 8 44 253
22 Estimates of the Dimensions of the Sports Market in the US
Brad Humphreys and Jane E. Ruseski
2 8 38 4 23 123
22 Communities and Sport Finance: New Perspectives
Brad Humphreys
2 4 122 3 13 445

IJSF Access Statistics for April

April 20, 2010

The April access statistics from RePEc are out.

Page views (file downloads) on participating RePEc services:
Last month:    623 (178)
Previous month: 635 (195)
Last 3 months: 1716 (486)
Last year:     7119 (1922)
Since start:   18352 (4721)
Top items in the series: <http://logec.repec.org/scripts/seritemstat.pl?h=RePEc:jsf:intjsf>
Simple impact factor: 0.29
Recursive impact factor: 0.01
Discounted impact factor: 0.1
Recursive discounted impact factor: 0.01
h-index: 2

And here are the top articles in the journal

Rank Journal Article File Downloads Abstract Views
Last month 3 months Total Last month 3 months Total
1 Ticket Prices, Concessions and Attendance at Professional Sporting Events
Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys
12 35 369 54 158 1,379
2 What Drives the Value of Stadium Naming Rights? A Hedonic-Pricing Approach to the Valuation of Sporting Intangible Assets
Bill Gerrard, Milena Parent and Trevor Slack
9 18 291 17 47 749
2 The Impact of Pooling and Sharing Broadcast Rights in Professional Team Sports
Stefan Kesenne
9 19 40 14 33 82
4 Vend It Like Beckham: David Beckham’s Effect on MLS Ticket Sales
Robert A. Lawson, Kathleen Sheehan and E. Frank Stephenson
8 16 90 21 43 230
5 Estimating Baseball Salary Equations from 1961-2005: A Look at Changes in Major League Compensation
Gary Stone and Louis Pantuosco
7 13 74 18 35 223
5 Impression Management in Football Club Financial Reporting
Stephen Morrow
7 11 231 15 31 717
5 The Tax Benefits of Hosting the Super Bowl and the MLB All-Star Game: The Houston Experience
Dennis Coates
7 22 166 30 94 647
8 Pay and Performance in Professional Road Racing: The Case of City Marathons
Bernd Frick and Joachim Prinz
6 14 89 11 27 233
8 Book Review: The Economics of Staging the Olympics: A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008, by Holger Preuss
Victor Matheson
6 15 93 11 33 209
8 Betting Exchanges: The Future of Sports Betting?
Ruud Koning and Bart van Velzen
6 18 94 30 71 302
11 Estimates of the Dimensions of the Sports Market in the US
Brad Humphreys and Jane E. Ruseski
5 9 35 10 23 110
12 The Interaction between Baseball Attendance and Winning Percentage: A VAR Analysis
Michael C Davis
4 6 42 9 23 169
12 Economic Multipliers and Mega-Event Analysis
Victor Matheson
4 12 55 15 37 206
12 Playing Like the Home Team: An Economic Investigation into Home Advantage in Football
Mark Leo Koyama and J James Reade
4 9 33 9 25 102
12 Investment in Stadia and Regional Economic Development—Evidence from FIFA World Cup 2006
Arne Feddersen, André Grötzinger and Wolfgang Maennig
4 6 11 11 29 47
16 Putting Moneyball on Ice?
Daniel Mason and William Foster
3 4 53 11 26 185
16 Moneyball as Sport Finance in Action: But are the Lessons from Baseball More Generally Applicable?
Bill Gerrard and Dennis Howard
3 4 21 3 10 74
16 Competitive Balance and Attendance in Major League Baseball: An Empirical Test of the Uncertainty of Outcome Hypothesis
Brian Soebbing
3 9 58 13 29 193
16 Book Review: The Economics of Association Football
Nicholas Watanabe
3 5 75 7 12 213
16 Golf Match: The Choice by PGA Tour Golfers of which Tournaments to Enter
Stephen Shmanske
3 4 14 8 14 76
16 “If You Can’t Win, Why Should I Buy a Ticket?”: Hope, Fan Welfare, and Competitive Balance
O’Reilly, Norm, Alan Kaplan, Ryan Rahinel and John Nadeau
3 7 43 10 18 99
16 Book Review: The Economics of Sport and the Media
Brad Humphreys
3 7 81 5 16 247
16 Market Power in the National Football League
Stacey Brook and Aju J. Fenn
3 9 23 5 17 67
16 The Impact of Athletic Performance on Tuition Rates
Donald Alexander and William Kern
3 12 15 11 33 49
16 The Impact of a Professional Sports Franchise on County Employment and Wages
John Jasina and Kurt Rotthoff
3 6 29 4 13 80


IJSF Access Statistics for November

December 19, 2009

The access stats from the folks at RePEc are out.  Here’s the summary:

Page views (file downloads) on participating RePEc services:
Last month:    809 (222)
Previous month: 808 (209)
Last 3 months: 2131 (567)
Last year:     7519 (2037)
Since start:   16030 (4081)
Simple impact factor: 0.27
Recursive impact factor: 0.01
Discounted impact factor: 0.14
Recursive discounted impact factor: 0.01
h-index: 2

The impact factors are about the same as October.  Page views are up a bit.  Here are the most viewed articles:

Rank Journal Article File Downloads Abstract Views
Last month 3 months Total Last month 3 months Total
1 Ticket Prices, Concessions and Attendance at Professional Sporting Events
Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys
18 42 327 80 204 1,172
2 Estimating Baseball Salary Equations from 1961-2005: A Look at Changes in Major League Compensation
Gary Stone and Louis Pantuosco
12 25 53 28 67 168
3 Vend It Like Beckham: David Beckham’s Effect on MLS Ticket Sales
Robert A. Lawson, Kathleen Sheehan and E. Frank Stephenson
9 12 68 24 46 164
3 Pay and Performance in Professional Road Racing: The Case of City Marathons
Bernd Frick and Joachim Prinz
9 18 73 14 30 200
3 The Tax Benefits of Hosting the Super Bowl and the MLB All-Star Game: The Houston Experience
Dennis Coates
9 21 140 26 60 536
6 Developing a Profitability Model for Professional Sport Leagues: The Case of the National Hockey League
John Nadeau and O’Reilly, Norm
7 18 131 11 27 374
6 Book Review: The Economics of Staging the Olympics: A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008, by Holger Preuss
Victor Matheson
7 16 74 17 37 161
6 Book Review: Moneyball as Sport Finance in Action: But are the Lessons from Baseball More Generally Applicable?
Richard Wolfe, Kathy Babiak, Kim Cameron, Robert Quinn, Dennis Smart, James Terborg and Patrick Wright
7 13 49 15 34 194
9 Economic Multipliers and Mega-Event Analysis
Victor Matheson
6 11 40 17 44 163
9 Betting Exchanges: The Future of Sports Betting?
Ruud Koning and Bart van Velzen
6 19 68 29 71 214
9 The Role of Managers in Team Performance
David J. Berri, Michael A. Leeds, Eva Leeds and Michael Mondello
6 13 31 11 43 107
9 The Impact of Pooling and Sharing Broadcast Rights in Professional Team Sports
Stefan Kesenne
6 14 17 11 30 44



IJSF 4.4

November 3, 2009

Volume 4, Issue 4 of the IJSF is now available on-line.  For all I know, it may be in some subscriber’s mailboxes in print form as well. My mail comes via Canada Post, perhaps the worst public mail system I have every experienced.  Seriously.  The postal system in the Czech Republic was better when I lived there 8 years ago.  I get my print copy many months after publication. 

IJSF 4.4 marks the end of the first year of the Simmons/Frick/Humphreys editorial troika, and contains four papers.  I think it’s a strong issue, with contributions from a number of notable sports economists including the most recent contribution from Wolfgang Maennig and his Hamburg research team, a betting paper from the Paul-Weinbach team and friends, a provocative NCAA paper by long-time collaborators Alexander and Kern, and a paper by noted European theorist Stefan Kesenne on a topic, optimal league size, that has been long neglected in the literature.  Here are the titles and abstracts:

Arne Feddersen, Ande Leao Grotzinger, and Wolfgang Maennig, “Investment in Stadia and Regional Economic Development: Evidence from FIFA World Cup 2006

Abstract: Using the case of the new stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany, this paper is the first multivariate work that examines the potential income and employment effects of new stadiums outside of the USA. This study is also the first work on this topic that conducts tests on the basis of a (serial correlation consistent) Difference-in-Difference model with level and trends. As a robustness check, we use the “ignoring time series information” model in a form that is modified for non-synchronous interventions. We were not able to identify income or employment effects of the construction of new stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2006, which are significantly different from zero.

Donald L. Alexander and William Kern, “The Impact of Athletic Performance on Tuition Rates

Abstract: This paper explores the impact of intercollegiate athletic performance on tuition rates. A number of recent studies have examined the advertising effect generated by participation in intercollegiate sports. These studies have attempted to ascertain whether athletic performance improves student quality, graduation rates, and state appropriations. Only one previous paper examines the impact of intercollegiate athletics on tuition, and it found a positive impact on out-of-state tuition rates from participation in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. In this paper, we find that athletic performance as measured by win-loss records in football and basketball impacts both in-state and out-of-state tuition rates, though it appears that the effects are largely confined to members of the six major power conferences.

Rodney J. Paul, Andrew P. Weinbach, Richard Borghesi and Mark Wilson, “Using Betting Market Odds to Measure the Uncertainty of Outcome in Major League Baseball

Abstract: Betting market odds for Major League Baseball are used to examine the level of uncertainty of outcome, an ex-ante form of competitive balance. The efficient markets hypothesis cannot be rejected for the years 1990-2006 in Major League Baseball. Therefore, the odds provide an ex-ante measure of the uncertainty of outcome of baseball games in the minds of fans and bettors. The odds for both the American and National Leagues were shown to increase during the 1990s, implying more certainty in the expected outcome of the game. Bettors and fans believed favorites in Major League Baseball were more likely to win during this time frame. Differences in the average odds, formed ex-ante, compared to win percentages, formed ex-post, help to explain the dichotomy found in Schmidt and Berri (2001) in relation to public belief in less competitiveness compared to economic findings of relatively high levels of competitive balance.

Stefan Kesenne, “The Optimal Size of a Sports League

Abstract: In this contribution, based on a simple theoretical approach, we try to show that the number of teams that is optimal to a monopoly league, being a cartel of clubs and acting in the interest of the participating or insider clubs only, is smaller than the welfare optimal number of teams in a league, which also takes into account the interests of the spectators.