This paper examines the demand for attendance at National Football League (NFL) games by taking a previously developed model that attempted to explain game-day attendance at NFL games using variables that may exhibit a relationship with game-day attendance and testing it within the context of the modern NFL. This model is then expanded to include additional explanatory variables and is once again tested using a pooled dataset that was collected by gathering game-by-game data from every NFL regular season game in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 NFL seasons. Attendance is quantified as a ratio of the actual attendance at a game compared to the maximum stated capacity of the host stadium. The expanded model explained more of the variance than the replicated model when applied to the modern NFL. In particular, the attendance at the previous home game, average ticket price, home team win percentage to date in the current season, whether or not the away team made the playoffs last year, and whether or not the game was held between members of the same conference were found to hold a significant relationship with NFL game attendance figures. From these findings, it is concluded that the NFL is suffering from correctable inefficiencies related to their scheduling practices and that moving a struggling franchise is not a viable solution for generating fan interest.
This paper investigates the influence of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball and football scandals on the quantity and quality of collegiate applicants. Athletic, academic, and socioeconomic data from the past 16 years are used to examine the immediate and lasting effects of an athletic scandal. The occurrence of a football or basketball scandal increased both the quantity and quality of applicants.
Photograph of Colorado College football legend, Earl "Dutch" Clark '30.
This thesis applies the theory of rational addiction to sports gambling. Based on this theory developed by Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy, this thesis will attempt to show evidence that gambling on sports is an addictive behavior by seeing if past and future consumption of sports gambling has an effect on current consumption while accounting for other variables. Using two data sets on the amount of money bet monthly on football and annually on the Super Bowl, this thesis runs OLS and two-stage least square regressions of amount of money bet on the independent variables to see if a correlation exists. The results of these regressions show that both past and future consumption have a positive and significant relationship with current consumption in the overall football market but is not significant with the Super Bowl data set. However, the price variable for the overall football market was insignificantly positive, while the same variable was insignificantly negative in the Super Bowl data because of the alignment of the losses and bets variables.
The National Football League (NFL) generates millions of dollars each year and as player salaries increase, more attention is being paid to how team management allocates their budget. Long-term contracts insure that a franchise has access to a player for many years but also open the door to the possibility of shirking. This work attempts to measure the existence of shirking in the NFL and study the effects that contracts have on player performance. I study the prevalence of shirking at a multitude of different positions by analyzing performance and contract data for different players. Finally, I provide recommendations for how teams can use the data in this study to maximize their potential to win.
This photo was taken at a Colorado College football game on Washburn Field in 1927. Washburn Field was constructed in 1898. It included a football field encircled by a 440-yard track, a baseball diamond, a grandstand seating 600 (including box seats), and parking space for carriages, tallyhos and other vehicles.
Action photo of Colorado College football legend, Earl "Dutch" Clark '30.
The main focus of this study is to take an economic approach to cheating in collegiate football. The literature on the economic structure of the NCAA and the literature on cheating in competition occupy two distinct knowledge bases. This paper seeks to combine these two literatures through a game theory approach to cheating in NCAA football. A cheating game is defined and a best response function is derived. A simplified game is then used to solve for a close form solution to the best response function. This closed form solution supports the fact that the structure of the NCAA encourages teams to cheat. A empirical model will is used to verify the nature of the NCAA’s enforcement strategies. This model implies that the NCAA indirectly monitors its member institutions.
Colorado College student athlete Ross Asiana and Head Coach Bob Boder describe the football team, which is part of the NCAA Division III. Topics covered include the team's work ethic, fun style of the program, and opportunities for players on and off the playing field.
This list is a year-by-year breakdown of Colorado College Men's Football wins and losses from 1882-2007.