Any Given Saturday: Competitive balance in elite English rugby
Williams, PJ 2012, 'Any Given Saturday: Competitive balance in elite English rugby' , Managing Leisure, 17 (2/3) , pp. 88-105.
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Competitive balance (CB) is a key consideration for those who administer professional sports leagues. This paper examines CB in elite rugby union in England since leagues were formed in 1987. Using a range of established and sport-specific metrics, results indicate that levels of CB have been broadly responsive to a combination of externally imposed and internally generated developments in rugby’s competitive environment. The implications for policy-makers suggest that, while rugby union compares well, competitively, with other English professional team sports, reconciling the need to manage for a viable domestic league, while accommodating the aspirations of its strongest clubs, is likely to be problematic in the longer term.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Competetive balance,Rugby union,Uoh,Management of competitive sports|
|Themes:||Health and Wellbeing|
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|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Sports Business|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Managing Leisure|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Funders:||Non funded research|
|Depositing User:||PJ Williams|
|Date Deposited:||05 Dec 2012 14:27|
|Last Modified:||22 Mar 2013 13:07|
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