Unscripted drama: soccer audience response to suspense, Surprise and shock
|Title||Unscripted drama: soccer audience response to suspense, Surprise and shock|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Forrest, D, Tena, JD, Buraimo, B, McHale, I|
By modeling minute‐by‐minute television audience figures from English Premier League soccer matches, with close to 50,000 minute‐observations, we show that demand is partly driven by suspense and surprise. We also identify an additional relevant factor of appeal to audiences, namely shock, which refers to the difference between pre‐match and current game outcome probabilities. Suspense, surprise, and shock remain significant in the presence of a traditional measure of outcome uncertainty.
|Keywords||entertainment, football, shock, surprise, suspense|