Title

The Impact of Mid-season Super-Star Trades on NBA Attendance

Presenter Information

Joseph Louis Volpe

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor

Davis, Michael C.

Advisor's Department

Economics

Abstract

The instinctive response that comes from teams trading away their superstar is agony and displeasure from fans of the team, the NBA is no exception. Since fans are furious about teams trading away a star player, seeing this as an act of tanking for a better draft pick and preparing for the next season, it is intuitive to think that the fan attendance after the trade would diminish because of the trade. However, through linear regression analysis of four NBA teams using common independent variables associated with fan attendance, the effect of trading away their superstar player showed too small of a significance to have any effect on fan attendance, which would suggest the drop in attendance after a team trades away their superstar is not necessarily because of the trade.

Biography

Joseph Louis Volpe is a student majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Economics at Missouri S&T.

Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Social Sciences oral presentation, Third place

Location

Meramec Room

Presentation Date

15 Apr 2015, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

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The Impact of Mid-season Super-Star Trades on NBA Attendance

Meramec Room

The instinctive response that comes from teams trading away their superstar is agony and displeasure from fans of the team, the NBA is no exception. Since fans are furious about teams trading away a star player, seeing this as an act of tanking for a better draft pick and preparing for the next season, it is intuitive to think that the fan attendance after the trade would diminish because of the trade. However, through linear regression analysis of four NBA teams using common independent variables associated with fan attendance, the effect of trading away their superstar player showed too small of a significance to have any effect on fan attendance, which would suggest the drop in attendance after a team trades away their superstar is not necessarily because of the trade.