Professional Team Sport Leagues in Australia V


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In this, the final part of three on 'Professional Team Sports Leagues in Australia', we take the modelling from earlier and use it to draw conclusions about what we would expect to find about competitive balance in the AFL over the history of the competition when we look at the figures. We also compare competitive balance in the AFL to the Major Leagues (MLB, NFL and NBA) on one hand, and other pro-sports leagues in Australia (NRL and NBL) on the other hand. The results are mixed - some of these comparisons tell us exactly what we would expect to see, while a few others tell us something contrary to expectations. Some additional figures on the general economic health of the AFL are also discussed. Copyright 2012 La Trobe University, all rights reserved. Contact for permissions.