Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

This paper focuses on examining the attendance of MLB teams that play home games in the same metropolitan area – duopoly teams. Comparisons were made between the determinants of attendance for duopoly teams and monopoly teams. While duopoly and monopoly teams share most of the same determinants, the estimated weights on some determinants differ. There is evidence that one duopolist’s attendance is negatively related to the other’s performance. Evidence is therefore provided that fans of one team respond to quality changes in the other team in a city.

Comments

Second draft. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2006 Western Economic Association meeting in San Diego. I wish to thank all the participants at the session for their comments and to Zenon Zygmont for his comments on an earlier version of the paper. Please do not cite or quote without permission of the author.

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