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What Acccounts for Homefield Advantage?

 

In  a review  of Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won, by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim, in the recent NYT Book Review, Bruce Weber writes:

 

home-field advantage in virtually all sports is largely due to the bias of ­officials toward the home team...In baseball ... their numbers are, well, striking: fewer called strikes, especially in crucial situations, against the home team.

 So much for home cooking!  Obviously, this doesn't negate the effects of a team being to some extent built to win in their own ball park, but it does help to explain why this effect is consistent; it is so rare that a player performs worse at home that when  we see it, we look for reasons, even though random chance would suggest that between 40 - 50% of players should be better on the road (I'm assuming that at least that many are in a ballpark which to some degree devalues their skills).

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