Satellite television and the demand for football: A whole new ball game?

Mark Baimbridge, Samuel Cameron, Peter Dawson

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Abstract

A recent development in the UK television industry has been the emergence of satellite coverage of sporting events. This paper examines the relationship between broadcasting and football, culminating in the 1992 joint BBC and BSkyB contract to televise the English Premier League. A demand function is estimated which extends the familiar model of attendance to incorporate television together with quadratic functions. We find that, although live transmission reduces attendance, the net financial consequences are positive for Premier League teams. Moreover, significant estimators are found for the quadratic functions of price, earnings, distance, seasonal trend and length of Premier League status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-333
Number of pages17
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996

Keywords

  • SEMI-LOGARITHMIC EQUATIONS
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • DUMMY VARIABLES
  • LEAGUE FOOTBALL
  • RUGBY LEAGUE
  • ATTENDANCE
  • IMPACT

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