Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71858
Authors: 
Oberhofer, Harald
Philippovich, Tassilo
Winner, Hannes
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Finance, University of Salzburg 2009-01
Abstract: 
This paper assesses the role of distance in professional team sports, taking the example of football (soccer). We argue that a team's performance in terms of scored and conceded goals decreases with the distance to the foreign playing venue. To test this hypothesis empirically, we investigate 6,389 away games from the German Football Premier League ('Erste Deutsche Bundesliga') between the playing seasons 1986-87 and 2006-07. We find that distance increases a guest team's propensity to concede goals and exhibits a negative but insignificant impact on the ability to score goals. The parameter estimates of the squared distance terms indicate that the effects of distance on team performance are non-monotonic. Further, focusing on the outcome of the game (i.e., win, draw or defeat) as a measure of the overall success of a football team we observe significantly negative effects of distance.
Subjects: 
Professional team performance
distance
event count data
poisson regression model
JEL: 
L25
L83
C29
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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