Graduation Year

2014

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Room E104, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

12-4-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

12-4-2014 11:00 AM

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What is the effect of home court advantage in the National Basketball Association (NBA)? Based on the Economic Theory of Professional Sports and the concept of shirking, teams should perform better at home than they do on the road. Descriptive statistics support this expectation. Therefore it is hypothesized that a home court advantage exists through the selected variables of attendance, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, fouls called by the referee, and days of rest. Following every NBA team and every game played over a three year span (2008-2011), this paper examines the probability of producing a win at home based on the aforementioned variables. Using a logit regression analysis, it is found that a home court advantage exists through attendance and performance-based variables, as well as through a referee bias.

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Apr 12th, 10:00 AM Apr 12th, 11:00 AM

Estimating the Effect of Home Court Advantage on Wins in the NBA

Room E104, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

What is the effect of home court advantage in the National Basketball Association (NBA)? Based on the Economic Theory of Professional Sports and the concept of shirking, teams should perform better at home than they do on the road. Descriptive statistics support this expectation. Therefore it is hypothesized that a home court advantage exists through the selected variables of attendance, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, fouls called by the referee, and days of rest. Following every NBA team and every game played over a three year span (2008-2011), this paper examines the probability of producing a win at home based on the aforementioned variables. Using a logit regression analysis, it is found that a home court advantage exists through attendance and performance-based variables, as well as through a referee bias.