Telecast Deregulation and Competitive Balance: Regarding NCAA Division I Football

Randall W. Bennett, John L. Fizel

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Abstract. In 1984 the Supreme Court granted individual schools the right to negotiate football telecasts, a privilege previously held by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). This paper provides an empirical analysis of the impact of that decision on competitive balance in college football. Although changes in team and league winning percentages varied among conferences, the average effect indicates greater competitive balance in the post‐decision period. These results support the Supreme Court's contention that restrictions on television appearances are not needed to equalize competitive success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-199
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Economics and Sociology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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