nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2010‒11‒27
three papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of Beira Interior and Technical University of Lisbon

  1. Leistung, Identifikation oder die Unsicherheit über den Spielausgang - was zählt wirklich? Relevante Einflussfaktoren auf die Zuschauerzahlen in der Basketball-Bundesliga By Geyer, Hannah
  2. Beauty Queens and Battling Knights: Risk Taking and Attractiveness in Chess By Dreber Almenberg, Anna; Gerdes, Christer; Gränsmark, Patrik
  3. The Regional Economic Impact of the 2009 New Zealand National Masters Hockey Tournament By Bridget Daldy; Matthew Saunders

  1. By: Geyer, Hannah
    Abstract: Medien sowie Vertreter des Deutschen Basketball-Bundes kritisieren immer wieder die geringen Einsatzzeiten deutscher Spieler in der Basketball-Bundesliga und die daraus resultierenden mangelnden Identifikationsmöglichkeiten der Zuschauer mit den Spielern. Der Artikel analysiert daher mögliche Einflussfaktoren auf die Zuschauerzahlen in der Basketball-Bundesliga mit speziellem Fokus auf die Auswirkungen des Einsatzes deutscher Spieler. Es zeigt sich nicht nur, dass die Leistung der Mannschaften sowie die Unsicherheit über den Spielausgang einen wesentlich größeren Einfluss auf die Zuschauerzahlen haben als Einsatzzeiten oder Anzahl deutscher Spieler, sondern die Ergebnisse deuten sogar auf zum Teil negative Effekte des Einsatzes dieser Spieler auf die Zuschauerzahlen hin. -- Media as well as representatives of the German Basketball Federation time and again criticise short playing times for German players in the German Basketball League and hence the re-sulting lack of possibilities for fans and spectators to identify with their players. This paper therefore analyses possible factors of influence on attendance with a special focus on the in-fluence of playing times for German players. The results not only show that performance of the teams as well as outcome uncertainty has a considerably higher effect on audience figures as playing times or number of German players. They also point to the fact that there are partly negative effects of playing time as well as number of German players on audience figures.
    JEL: L83 C24 D12
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Dreber Almenberg, Anna (Institute for Financial Research (SIFR)); Gerdes, Christer (SOFI, Stockholm University); Gränsmark, Patrik (SOFI, Stockholm University)
    Abstract: We explore the relationship between attractiveness and risk taking in chess. We use a large international panel dataset on chess competitions which includes a control for the players' skill in chess. This data is combined with results from a survey on an online labor market where participants were asked to rate the photos of 626 expert chess players according to attractiveness. Our results suggest that male chess players choose significantly riskier strategies when playing against an attractive female opponent, even though this does not improve their performance. Women's strategies are not affected by the attractiveness of the opponent.
    Keywords: risk taking, attractiveness, chess, gender differences
    JEL: J16
    Date: 2010–11
  3. By: Bridget Daldy (University of Waikato); Matthew Saunders
    Abstract: This paper analyses the direct and subsequent flow-on expenditure resulting from the week-long National Masters Hockey Tournament held in Hamilton, New Zealand in March 2009. During the tournament, information was collected on the expenditure from a sample of participating players and officials and from the host association, Waikato Hockey. The information was averaged over all participants and used in a regional economic model. The economic impact of the 2009 tournament was also compared to the outcome for the Hamilton tournament held previously in 2003. Total direct expenditure in the Waikato region from the 2009 tournament was approximately $2.5 million compared to $1.2 million in 2003. The 2009 expenditure led subsequently to an extra $1.13 million of value-added to the regional economy mainly in the hospitality and accommodation sectors.
    Keywords: input-output; regional economic impact; masters sport; hockey; New Zealand
    JEL: C67 R11
    Date: 2010–11–18

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