Institutional heritage in sports.

by Andreas Baumann

The Baltimore Ravens just won the Super Bowl. I only watched the start of the game – American football doesn’t really interest me – but I picked up that their victory was unexpected. I suspected as much, because I haven’t ever heard of the Ravens, contrary to the Steelers or the Packers.

I read the Wiki page on the Super Bowl, and one thing I noticed is the rather even distribution of victories amongst teams, compared with sports such as the English championship in football (currently the Premier League), where Man U has won ten times in the least twenty years.

What factors determine the amount of institutional heritage in sports? I’ve no idea – do you?