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Fans of the World, Unite!A (Capitalist) Manifesto for Sports Consumers$
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Stephen F. Ross and Stefan Szymanski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756686

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756686.001.0001

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Competitive Balance

Competitive Balance

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This chapter takes a look at the country's seeming obsession with competitive balance. The discussion situates the preoccupation with competitive balance within the sociopolitical value of equal opportunity and further examines data that is inconsistent with the usual wisdom that states that competitive balance is the important and main factor in the success of sports leagues. This thinking can be seen in official documents (e.g. the Major League Baseball Constitution). This chapter also discusses how the twin reforms mentioned in the previous chapter can help increase the probability that participating clubs would achieve an “appeal-maximizing” level of outcome uncertainty.

Keywords:   competitive balance, equal opportunity, Major League Baseball Constitution, reforms, outcome uncertainty

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