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What does it mean to find the Face of the Franchise? Physical Attractiveness and the Evaluation of Athletic Performance

By R Simmons, D J Berri, J Van Gilder and L O'Neill

Abstract

Previous research has shown how more attractive people reap more rewards in a variety of settings. We show that attractiveness as measured by facial symmetry leads to greater rewards in professional sports. National Football League quarterbacks who are more attractive are paid greater salaries and this premium persists after controlling for player performance.

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