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Competition Economics Blog.    


Paderborn 30th August - Patrick Massey Addresses European Sports Economics Association Annual Conference.

Compecon Director Patrick Massey presented two papers at the Annual ESEA Conference at the University of Paderborn. The first paper which was o-authored with Dr Vincent Hogan of UCD employed a production frontier model to measure the efficiency of teams in rugby's Pro-12 league. The model measures how efficent teams are in terms of winning matches given the playing resources available to them. The results indicate that Irish teams were more than most of the other teams with Leinster, Munster and Ulster among the four most efficient teams with efficiency levels in excess of 90%. The second paper co-authored with Dr Robbie Butler of UCC and Dr. Liam Lenten of La Trobe Univeristy in Melbourne analysed the impact of bonus points on team behaviour in rugby's Heineken Cup. The analysis found that bonus points increased the likelihood that teams, particularly home teams would score four tries but reduced the incidence of teams scoring more than four tries suggesting that teams tended to ease off once they achieved the bonus target.


Dublin 10th August - Inching Toward Bus Competition in Dublin.

The National Transport Authority announced that UK bus operator Go-Ahead has been selected as the preferred bidder for the contract relating to the operation of 24 Public Service Obligation (PSO) bus routes in the Dublin metropolitan area. According to the NTA Go-Ahead is expected to begin operating some of these routes by the end of November 2018 and all routes by February 2019.


Dublin 4th July EU Commission Raids Motor Insurers.

A number of motor insurance providers in Irealnd were subject to raids by Eu Commission officials investigating allegations of anti-competitive behaviour.


Brussels 18th May EU Commission Fines Facebook €110m for providing misleading information on 2014 WhatsApp Takeover.

The EU Commission announced that it has fined Facebook €110m for providing misleading information in relation to its 2014 takeover of Whatsapp. At the time of the takeover Facebook told the Commission that it would be unable to establish reliable automated matching between Facebook users' accounts and WhatsApp users' accounts. The Commission decision states that the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users' identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility. According to the Commission the possibility of matching did not affect its decision allowing the transaction to proceed.


Dublin 10th May CCPC Clears VHI Acquisition of Swiftcare Clinics.

The CCPC approved VHI's acquisition of sole control of the VHI Swiftcare clinics located in Dublin and Cork. The transaction was cleared without conditions following a Phase 1 investigation. The VHI had previously held a 50% share in the business. Compecon advised VHI in relation to the transaction.


Universidad de la Laboral, Gijon 5th May Compecon's Patrick Massey Addresses Gijon Annual Sports Economics Conference.

Patrick Massey presented paper analysing attendances in Rugby Union's Pro-12 league at Annual Gijon Sports Economics Conference. Paper co-authored with Vincent Hogan of UCD shows that Irish teams recorded faster growth in attendances than teams from Scotland and Wales. The faster attendance growth recorded by the Irish teams appears to be largely due to the fact that they have been more successful and do not face direct competition from top tier soccer clubs.


European Sports Management Quarterly 16th February.

Paper written by Compecon's Patrick Massey with Vincent Hogan (UCD) and Shane Massey (TCD) analyses the determinants of attendances at matches in Rugby's Heineken Cup from 1995/96 to 2013/14. The paper finds that the quality of the home team and whether it is in contention to reach the knock out stages of the competition are among the main drivers of attendances. Click here to access the paper.


Dublin 16th February - CCPC Clears Cooked Meats Merger.

The CCPC announced that it had cleared the acquisition of Faughan Foods Limited by Silvereed. Both companies produce cooked meats.  The transaction was cleared without conditions following a Phase 1 investigation. Compecon advised Silvereed in relation to the transaction.


For earlier reports see Compecon's News Archive.