Poll-- biggest reason for the "home field advantage?"

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What is the most significant reason for the home field advantage in sports?

  1. Break from familiar home routine

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. Fans cheer home team, disparage/harass visiting team

    3 vote(s)
    37.5%
  3. Officials, referees, or umpires favor home team (perhaps subconsciously)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Players’ or coaches’ concern about things back home

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Sabotage/obstacles by home team or supporters in such position

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. The added chores or frustrations of travel

    1 vote(s)
    12.5%
  7. Unfamiliar city/town

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Unfamiliar field or court

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Unfamiliar locker room

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Other

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. Alcott

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    Sports statistics indicate what is very well-known-- that there is an advantage to the home team in a sporting contest. For the major pro sports, checking sites it seems to be about 58%-62% in the NFL, 56% in Major League Baseball, 63% in the NBA and 55% in the NHL. While superior talent does obviously trump the "home field advantage," it's still true that there is such an advantage. Of all the reasons this is true, what is the most significant of the factors?
     
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    I answered "Break from familiar home routine" which I take to mean that the home team is more relaxed because they are in the place where they play most of their games, they sleep in their own beds at their homes, etc. The home team is more relaxed and have less on their minds than the traveling team.

    I would submit that the "added chores and frustration of travel" is closely related to this reason and complements it.
     
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    I chose travel - and included in that could be "science" for example when you play in the "Mile High City" altitude can account for a difference in play.
     
  4. Alcott

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    One thing a talk show brought to my attention today was that time zone differences can be a factor-- especially for football, as a team typically arrives the day before the game and leaves right after the game. This Sunday, Oakland at Buffalo and Seattle at Pittsburgh are games where the visitor is from Pacific Time playing early in Eastern Time, which is 10 a.m. to them in their normal schedule. But San Diego at New England is the later game [4 p.m. EDT, 1 p.m. PDT], and that is SD's regular time for their own home games. Perhaps those 3 might be considered a small key to the time difference factor as we observe how they play. But, like the first week, or any one week, of the season, it won't be very telling of the whole story. And it's hard to review that theory from last year because while it's easy to find last year's results, it's hard to find the game times, which don't matter once the games have been played.

    ed. Arizona at Washington is another 10 a.m. for the visiting team game.
     
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    Altitude is a factor for many teams when they come to the Rocky Mountain West.
     

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