Michael S. Risser '19, Gettysburg College
Blake R. Gray '19. Gettysburg College
Ryan A. Kelly '19, Gettysburg College
Student Research Paper
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We examined the impact of home-field advantage in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. We defined home-field advantage as winning more than 50% of the home games. Additionally, we took into consideration how season length could act as a moderator and influence the impact of home-field advantage. We collected data from the 2015 NBA and MLB seasons and the 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons to determine statistical significance. In total, we got data from 4,141 games to analyze. We found that there is statistical significance that the home team has a better chance of winning than the away team across the NFL, NBA, and MLB. We also found that season length has a significant impact on home team winning percentage.
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Risser, Michael S.; Gray, Blake R.; and Kelly, Ryan A., "Impact of Home Field Advantage: Analyzed Across Three Professional Sports" (2018). Student Publications. 611.