Home Court Advantage - Is It For Real? The Myths And The Facts Seldom Agree

Winter Haven, FL (PressExposure) October 17, 2009 -- Everyone talks about home court advantage in sports. But does it really exist? “Very much so,” explains Tom D. Freijo, Ph.D., author of the new book "Not in Our House! A Decade of Home Court Advantage in American Sports" (ISBN: 978-0-9824108-0-6). Published by Sports Lit (www.SportsLit.net), the book begins by addressing a central issue: what most people refer to as home court advantage isn’t really home court advantage at all.

“Most of what you hear and read about home court advantage is based on either gut feelings or on an assessment of a team’s success at home. But this is only part of the picture. Real home court advantage,” according to Freijo, “is the difference between success at home and success away. When you look at it this way, the picture changes dramatically.”

Many of Freijo’s findings are quite surprising. Here’s what South Carolina Gamecocks Head Football Coach, Steve Spurrier, had to say. “A lot of people talk about home advantage. Not in Our House! A Decade of Home Advantage in American Sports does a lot more than talk; it provides actual statistics to show which sports and teams have it and which don’t, and how much of it. Dr. Freijo has done a super job of laying it all out in detail, and I must admit that I was amazed by his findings!”

Not in Our House! provides analyses of all the teams in MLB, the NBA, and the NFL, as well as the college versions of these sports in five major college conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-10, and the Big 12). In the process, it dispels several long-held but untrue home advantage myths. For instance, Rupp Arena, contrary to popular belief, does not provide the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team much of a home advantage.

The book compares the amount of home court advantage across baseball, basketball and football, at the professional and college levels. It also shows the amount of home court advantage for each of the 300 or so teams that were analyzed. As well, it shows the amount of home court advantage for women’s college basketball teams in comparison to their men’s counterparts.

Freijo, who has a doctorate in research methodology from the University of Florida, is a former Full Professor of Measurement and Research at the University of South Florida. A native of Tampa, he now lives in Winter Haven, Florida where he served as Mayor Pro Tem.

Not in Our House! A Decade of Home Court Advantage in American Sports is available on-line at [http://www.SportsLit.net] or Amazon.com.

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