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Inter league competition : Are there changes of the competitive situation between the European professional soccer leagues? A theoretical and empirical analysis


Renz, Michael:
Inter league competition : Are there changes of the competitive situation between the European professional soccer leagues? A theoretical and empirical analysis.
Veranstaltung: 6th European Conference on Sports Economics , 03.-05.09.2014 , Antwerpen, Belgien.
(Veranstaltungsbeitrag: Kongress/Konferenz/Symposium/Tagung , Vortrag )


The professional European league soccer is in a state of increasing economic polarisation. Such a process can be observed both within the European top divisions (“intra-league”) and between the top leagues (“inter-league”).
Formerly significant leagues, such as the Belgian Jupiler League, the Dutch Eredivisie, the Scottish Premier League or the Portuguese Primeira Liga , have noticeably fallen behind in the wake of the dramatic growth of the so-called “BIG 5 leagues”. The top teams in those smaller countries suffer from limited market size and lack of intensive competition, and are apparently losing their continental competitiveness.
The purpose of this study is to seek empirical evidence to back up the hypothesis that since 1990 there has been a widening gap in sporting and economic performance between European first-tier football leagues.
The paper begins with a discussion of relevant multipliers which provide possible explanatory approaches to changes in the European soccer landscape and the resulting differences between the leagues. Particular attention is paid to the influence on this polarisation process of the UEFA club competition reforms, the Bosman ruling, TV and overseas marketing, and possible changes in consumer behaviour and competitive balance levels.
This is followed by the generation of valid empirical statements about actual developments in the competitive situation among European football leagues.
With regard to the sporting dimension, an empirical analysis is carried out based on data from the UEFA country coefficients ranking for the years 1990-2014. Using adequate statistical key figures and distribution measures (e.g. coefficient of variation, differential values, Gini index or Herfindahl index), as well as a corresponding dependency analysis, the progress of the different country coefficient ratios is examined and evaluated in the light of the defined problem.
With regard to the economic dimension, market asymmetry within the leagues (“intra-league”) is considered and statistically assessed as a potential cause or effect of inter-league polarisation. The turnover figures of the different clubs are set in relation to each other and competitive balance figures are calculated and compared using the Quirk-Fort-Vrooman model.
The results provide a sound statistical basis for discussions on possible modifications to European league football (league fusions, league changes, club transfers).

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Publikationsform: Veranstaltungsbeitrag (Vortrag)
Begutachteter Beitrag: Ja
Institutionen der Universität: Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Institut für Sportwissenschaft > Lehrstuhl Sportwissenschaft II - Sport Governance und Eventmanagement
Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Institut für Sportwissenschaft
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Ja
Themengebiete aus DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften > 330 Wirtschaft
Eingestellt am: 14 Mai 2018 09:35
Letzte Änderung: 14 Mai 2018 09:35
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/43938