The aim of this article is to investigate the determinants of attendance at French football Ligue 1 matches over the period 2008–2011 with an emphasis on examining the effects of both competitive balance and intensity before a match. Competitive balance is measured by the point difference between the two teams concerned by a match in the championship. Competitive intensity is measured by the point difference for the home team in relation to ranks with sporting stakes. Results show that competitive balance has an insignificant impact whereas competitive intensity has a significantly positive impact. Implications are drawn.
competitive balance; competitive intensity; uncertainty of outcome; sporting stakes; attendance; French football Ligue 1;
Applied Economics, Londres: Chapman and Hall, vol. 45, n. 29, 2013, pp. 4184–4192