Kjetil K. Haugen* and Bjørn Guvåg**
*Faculty of Logistics Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics Molde, Norway.
**Faculty of Business Administration and Social Science Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics Molde, Norway
In this article, a new set of rules in professional handball, introduced in July 2016 are discussed. The discussion is aided by a reasonably broad empirical analysis, comparing uncertainty of outcome between European handball and football (soccer). This analysis indicates that European handball, already before the introduction of the new rules, may have had problems with severe lack of uncertainty of outcome. Given this fact, we discuss the new rules, and conclude that they may lead to further increased competitive imbalance (reduced uncertainty of outcome) in handball. Such a conclusion should be of interest for handball officials, especially when the new set of rules, here identified as possibly harmful for uncertainty of outcome, still are under debate.
Uncertainty of outcome, Handball rules, Uncertainty of outcome measurement