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American Football: Rules and Research

  1. Rick L. Wilson

Published Online: 15 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms0027

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

How to Cite

Wilson, R. L. 2010. American Football: Rules and Research. Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science. .

Author Information

  1. Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUN 2010

Abstract

American football, known as just football in the United States, is a popular team sport played primarily in the United States (not to be confused with the sport known as soccer in the United States, but football elsewhere in the world). This article will briefly describe the game of American football, highlighting its basic premises, rules, and pertinent background information. It will then conclude by identifying and describing some of the academic research that has explored relevant attributes of this fascinating, yet decidedly North American game.

Keywords:

  • American football;
  • college football;
  • National Football League (NFL);
  • professional football;
  • Bowl Championship Series (BCS);
  • overtime;
  • team rankings;
  • market efficient;
  • gambling