Playoffs or Just League: A Debate in Brazilian Football

The Open Sports Sciences Journal, 2016, 9, (Suppl-1, M11) 94-103

10 Pages Posted: 20 May 2016

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Thadeu Gasparetto

University of Vigo; National Research University Higher School of Economics

Ángel Barajas

University of Vigo - Faculty of Business Administration and Tourism; National Research University Higher School of Economics, SPB; National Research University Higher School of Economics - International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy

Date Written: July 16, 2015

Abstract

After several consecutive seasons in the league, the Campeonato Brasileiro may return to the playoffs format. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and some Brazilian clubs commented that this format will provide higher competitive balance and increase the interest of Brazilian football fans. Therefore, the objective of this paper is to assess the competitiveness and the interest of Brazilian fans in the last twenty-four seasons: Playoffs (1991-2002) and League (2003-2014). The competitiveness is evaluated by Herfindahl Index of Competitive Balance (HICB) and C4 Index of Competitive Balance and the interest measured by the average attendance to the stadiums. The results show that Brazilian League has become more balanced since 2003 season and football fans are more interested in the tournament with league format. The main conclusion is that the change to the playoffs would not improve the competitiveness and the interest of fans. Moreover some problems of the Brazilian football market are commented and some solutions proposed to improve it.

Keywords: Average Attendance, Brazilian League, C4 Index of Competitive Balance, Competition Format, Competitive Balance, Football, Herfindahl Index of Competitive Balance

Suggested Citation

Gasparetto, Thadeu and Gasparetto, Thadeu and Barajas Alonso, Ángel and Barajas Alonso, Ángel, Playoffs or Just League: A Debate in Brazilian Football (July 16, 2015). The Open Sports Sciences Journal, 2016, 9, (Suppl-1, M11) 94-103 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2781183

Thadeu Gasparetto

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