Does television crowd out spectators?

Allan, G. and Roy, G. (2008) Does television crowd out spectators? Journal of Sports Economics, 9(6), pp. 592-605. (doi: 10.1177/1527002508321458)

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This paper examines the impact of live television coverage on attendance at Scottish Premier League soccer matches during the 2002—2003 season. The authors exploit a rich data set which distinguishes match-day attendance into three groups: season ticket holders, pay-at-the-gate home team supporters, and pay-at-the-gate visiting team supporters. This examination of these categories is the first study of its kind. The results indicate matches broadcast live reduce pay-at-the-gate home team supporters by 30%. These results suggest that league administrators and club owners must consider the impact on clubs' traditional supporters when negotiating future broadcasting rights.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roy, Professor Graeme
Authors: Allan, G., and Roy, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Journal of Sports Economics
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1552-7794
Published Online:12 May 2008

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