Is March Madness Contagious? Post Season Play and Attendance in NCAA Division I Basketball
Craig A. Depken
University of North Carolina at Charlotte - The Belk College of Business Administration - Department of Economics
March 1, 2010
Using data describing Division I men’s basketball from 1990-2009, this paper presents empirical evidence that participating in the NCAA tournament or the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) generates internal benefits in the form of increased future attendance to a team’s home games. These impacts are in addition to those generated by team winning percentage and other institutional characteristics. The evidence suggests that having more conference members in the NCAA tournament generates external benefits in the form of future attendance, although there do not appear to be similar impacts associated with the NIT. Finally, there appear to be no greater internal benefits but lower external benefits for Big Six conference members, relative to members of smaller conferences. Thus, if the NCAA tournament selection process is biased against smaller conferences then their members face two levels of costs: they receive lower distributions from the NCAA basketball revenue pool and also enjoy lower attendance than they otherwise would.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 33
Keywords: demand, sports, reputation, spillovers
JEL Classification: L83, D43, D62working papers series
Date posted: April 5, 2010
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