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Frank Daumann, Florian Follert, Daniel Hamacher and Lasse Plöhn
''First Mover Advantage in Team Sports''
( 2021, Vol. 41 No.4 )
In sports it is apparently the case that certain nations are very successful in a specific sport over a long period of time. In this paper the concept of "first mover advantage" is used to explain this phenomenon. We provide preliminary evidence for the connection between early specialization and success for the team sports soccer, volleyball, handball, ice hockey, and rugby. To do this, we examine the relationship between the date of establishment of each national sports association and later success as measured by the country's world ranking in the corresponding sport. We can show that the national date of establishment of a sport is is decisive for the nation's succes in this sport.
Keywords: first mover advantage, success in sports, specialization, innovation, competition
JEL: O2 - Development Planning and Policy: General
N8 - Micro-Business History: General, International, or Comparative
Manuscript Received : Jul 28 2021 Manuscript Accepted : Dec 29 2021

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