The State of Competitve Balance in the NFL

Posted: 6th January 2010 by Joe Hojnacki in NFL
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Pete Rozelle once envisioned a league that would have every team finish 8-8. We know that kind of level playing ground is a pipe dream. But how is competitive balance done in the NFL? How close have we come to that parity?

There are numerical ways that we can go about measuring this. Rozelle was concerned with wins and losses, so why don't we concern ourselves with the same?

The first thing we have to ask ourselves is: What is parity, and how do we achieve it? Rozelle said that ultimate parity comes when everyone finishes 8-8ùmeaning no separation between teams in the standings.

Statistics give us a perfect, easy-to-find measurement to gauge the separation in teams' standings. We simply use the standard deviation (STDEV) between the teams' win totals. Sta ...

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