Journal article

Net gains: a comparison of competitive balance between the ANZ Championship and Suncorp Super Netball

HET Wetherall, MF Stewart, TA Trinh

Sport Business and Management An International Journal | Published : 2020

Abstract

Purpose: Competitive balance is critical for the survival of athletic leagues. A relationship between “uncertainty of outcome” and fan interest has been found in many sports all over the world. This paper examines competitive balance in professional netball in Australia and New Zealand by contrasting two competitions: the ANZ Championship, an elite Australasian competition that began in 2008 but was disbanded in 2016 as there was a perception of dominance by the Australian teams over their New Zealand rivals; and its Australian domestic replacement, Suncorp Super Netball, which started in 2017. Design/methodology/approach: Competitive balance is gauged in three broad ways: match result conce..

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