Competitive Balance in the NFL

Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 2)


The epigram centers on the eternal question of competitive balance: How likely is it that early-season fan hopes for postseason play are realized? The epigram also points out how confusing a discussion of balance can become; how can the NFL go from “clearly stratified” to a tribute to balance in 2 years? In this chapter, I pursue an assessment of competitive balance in the NFL in order to shed light on this ­eternal question. Such an assessment also clarifies where and when balance in the NFL became an issue, if it ever was.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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