Competitive Balance in Olympic Boxing: 1904-2012

By David Chaplin and Sergio Mendoza.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Beginning with the seminal work on the economics of sports (Rottenberg 1956), concern over competitive balance has been a recurring theme. However, only brief and qualitative mention has been given to issues of competitive balance in professional boxing (Sanderson and Siegfried 2003; Tenorio 2006), and the topic is only broached tangentially for amateur boxing in a study of home-field advantage in the Summer Olympic Games (Balmer, Nevill and Williams 2003). Analyzing competitive balance in Olympic Boxing over its history and relative to major team sports, this study marks the first comprehensive quantitative analysis of competitive balance in amateur boxing.

Keywords: Olympic Boxing, Competitive Balance

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.125-135. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 473.214KB).

Dr. David Chaplin

Associate Professor, Department of Business and Economics, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, USA

Dr. Chaplin is an Associate Professor of Economics at Northwest Nazarene University (USA). He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado State University (USA). He is a referee and judge for the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (Lausanne, Switzerland). Dr. Chaplin’s research interests are in sports economics (primarily in the sub-fields of amateur and professional boxing) and economics education.

Sergio Mendoza

Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, IDAHO, USA