Any given Saturday: competitive balance in elite English rugby union

  title={Any given Saturday: competitive balance in elite English rugby union},
  author={Peter Williams},
  journal={Managing Leisure},
  pages={105 - 88}
  • P. Williams
  • Published 18 May 2012
  • Economics
  • Managing Leisure
Competitive balance (CB) is a key consideration for those who administer professional sports leagues. This paper examines CB in elite rugby union in England since leagues were formed in 1987. Using a range of established and sport-specific metrics, results indicate that levels of CB have been broadly responsive to a combination of externally imposed and internally generated developments in rugby's competitive environment. The implications for policy-makers suggest that, while rugby union… 
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