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CNBC Tonight

July 31, 2006 by


A quick programming note:  I will be appearing on CNBC tonight with Darren Rovell – formally with and author of First in Thirst.  The topic of conversation will be the NFL’s search for a new commissioner.  Darren tells me the interview will air at 4:37pm and 8:37pm.  I assume that is PST, although I […]

Isiah Thomas Discovers Role Players

July 31, 2006 by


The New York Knicks last year were the most expensive team in NBA history.  And yet only the Portland Trail Blazers finished with a worse record. Larry Brown, the since departed head coach, appeared to cast blame on the players. The new head coach, though, believes the current cast the Knicks employ are capable of […]

Malcolm Gladwell and the Value of Blogs

July 31, 2006 by


Malcolm Gladwell reviewed our book in The New Yorker this past May.  Soon after, he twice noted our work on his blog.  Given that Gladwell comments on his blog infrequently, it was nice to see him comment multiple times on The Wages of Wins. Since commenting on our book Gladwell has posted two more times.  […]

How Easy is it to Read The Wages of Wins?

July 30, 2006 by


Our intention in writing The Wages of Wins was to take our academic work to a general audience.  As we note in the preface, though, we had no experience writing for anyone other than fellow economists.  So at the onset of this project it was not clear that we could write something that was accessible […]

Publicity for Sports Economics

July 27, 2006 by


Did you know that between 100 and 120 professors teach a course on sports economics?  If you read today’s USA Today, this is but one interesting fact you would have learned about our growing field.  On the cover of USA Today’s Money section is an article by Sue Kirchhoff entitled, “Batter up! Sports Economics Hits […]

Allen Iverson is Staying?

July 26, 2006 by


Yesterday I posted a lengthy comment on Allen Iverson.  Okay, it was really lengthy.   For those counting, it was close to 2,000 words, which is about twice the length of a typical newspaper column.  Hopefully what I said was worth the effort people had to invest to read it all, although I doubt that’s true. […]

The “Hogwash” Argument

July 26, 2006 by


So far The Wages of Wins has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and at (Sports Illustrated on-line).  In general these reviews have been quite positive. Still, if you look really hard, you can come across a few comments on our book which are not so positive.  And these comments […]

An Allen Iverson Comment

July 25, 2006 by


Malcolm Gladwell’s review of our book focused primarily on what we had to say about Allen Iverson. Consequently the media has often mentioned Iverson when discussing our work. It is important to note that much of our book – in fact, the vast majority of our book – does not mention Allen Iverson. In fact, […]

How Did Philadelphia get to the Finals in 2001?

July 24, 2006 by


Over the last few posts I have focused on scorers and role players.  The story of Philadelphia in 2001 continues this tale.  Here are the questions I wish to address: First, if Iverson is not one of the game’s great players, how did Philadelphia reach the NBA Finals in 2001? Second, what happened to Philadelphia […]

The Research Behind The Wages of Wins

July 24, 2006 by


This past weekend we posted the following on our homepage. Our intention with The Wages of Wins was to write a book that would be very accessible to a general audience.  For the most part the reviews of our book indicate that we were successful.  Unlike the typical book written for a general audience, though, […]