The Barassi Line: Quantifying Australia's Great

Australian Society for Sports History
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Sporting Traditions, 2013, 30 (2), pp. 93 - 110
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The Australian sports landscape features a cultural divide reflected by a distinction in preference between Australian Rules and Rugby football. This cultural phenomenon is associated with a geographic division, known as the `Barassi Line, which demarcates the divergent football preferences of South-Western and North-Eastern Australia. This article aims to assess the existence and strength of the Barassi Line, and discuss the implications of the results in terms of the current competitive environment. Television ratings for a sample of 2,297 AFL and NRL fixtures played between 2007 and 2011 are analysed to determine code specific interest at a region-by-region level.
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