I just read an article on home field advantage in SI by Moskowitz and Wertheim. This is not an online article as far as I can see otherwise I would post it, but it is a great read. I posted a summary on my blog at www.ourtwosense.blogspot.com. It basically eliminates all popular myths to why home field advantage and puts it on the officiating. It is hard to argue with the statistics they brought up.
Let me know what your thoughts are.
Ya I'm not surprised about the ref thing, but any player will tell you playing on the road is tougher and they won't mean the officiating. I would think even the thought of playing on the road as opposed to home would have a statistical effect, but apparently not. Hmmm.
I thought the foam sticks had somewhat of an effect on Baylor's free throw shooting (2 for 8).
I hear you. By no means should fans stop this. I also wondered whether it would affect college players differently than professional players but the article said the percentages of advantage hold true across the sport meaning CFL home teams have the same advantage as NFL home teams and NCAAB home teams have the same advantage as NBA teams.
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