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    Exploring entertainment utility from football games

    Pawlowski, T. and Ramirez, P. and Rambaccussing, D. and Reade, J. and Rossi, Giambattista (2024) Exploring entertainment utility from football games. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 223 , pp. 185-198. ISSN 0167‐2681.

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    Previous research exploring the role of belief dynamics for consumers in the entertainment industry has largely ignored the fact that emotional reactions are a function of the content and a consumer’s disposition towards certain participants involved in an event. By analyzing 19m tweets in combination with in-play information for 380 football matches played in the English Premier League we contribute to the literature in three ways. First, we present a setting for testing how belief dynamics drive behavior which is characterized by several desireable features for empirical research. Second, we present an approach for detecting fans and haters of a club as well as neutrals via sentiment revealed in Tweets. Third, by looking at behavioral responses to the temporal resolution of uncertainty during a game, we offer a fine-grained empirical test for the popular uncertainty-of-outcome hypothesis in sports.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Sport Business Centre
    Depositing User: Giambattista Rossi
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2024 13:58
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 05:57


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