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Are spectator preferences weaker for cup compared to league competitions? Evidence from Irish soccer

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posted on 2023-06-09, 23:23 authored by Farai Jena, Barry ReillyBarry Reilly
This paper exploits data from eight recent playing seasons to examine the spectator appeal for League of Ireland fans of the national soccer challenge cup competition (the FAI cup). The study finds a sizable spectator attendance penalty for Premier Division clubs in FAI cup games for the earlier rounds of the tournament compared to league fixtures against the same opposition. However, this is reversed by the penultimate stage of the tournament. The policy implications of these findings are discussed.

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  • Published

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Journal

Applied Economics Letters

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1350-4851

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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  • Economics Publications

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  • Yes

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  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2021-03-22

First Open Access (FOA) Date

2021-03-22

First Compliant Deposit (FCD) Date

2021-03-22

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