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The Unlucky Celtics

April 13, 2007 by


It’s Friday the 13th so thoughts turn to luck (or the lack thereof). And that subject causes me to think about the Celtics. Back in the 1980s I watched the Pistons struggle to get by the Celtics. The call “there’s a steal by Bird” still makes me very unhappy. It seemed in those days that […]

The Incentive to Lose in the NBA

April 12, 2007 by


This past Monday the Sports Law Blog asked the question: Why does tanking occur in the NBA but seemingly not in other leagues? The question basically presumes that the NBA’s losers will intentionally lose games towards the end of a season to enhance their draft position. What people wonder is why we don’t see similar […]

Today is Our Birthday!!!

April 10, 2007 by


The final edits for The Wages of Wins were completed soon after the 2006 Super Bowl. In fact, the paragraph describing that game in Chapter Nine was the last paragraph added to the book. In the weeks after the book was completed JC Bradbury – of Sabernomics and The Baseball Economist – suggested that we […]

So You Want to Work in Professional Basketball?

April 9, 2007 by


There are currently two undergraduate sport management programs located in an accredited school of business West of the Mississippi. One of these happens to be at California State University Bakersfield. Our program is very much in its infancy although we are optimistic that it will grow dramatically in the next few years. The study of […]

A Lottery Lesson from Orlando

April 6, 2007 by


The NBA’s worst go to bed each night dreaming of bouncing lottery balls. The hope is with a few good bounces, a top pick can be had and a talent like Greg Oden or Kevin Durant will soon be wearing their jersey. If these players are as good as advertised, a lucky loser could be […]

Walking in Memphis

April 5, 2007 by


Billy Donovan has led the Florida Gators to consecutive NCAA national championships. For awhile this week he was “the candidate” for coaching jobs at both the college and pro ranks. According to the Boston Globe, his leading suitor at the NBA level was rumored to be the Memphis Grizzlies, who went from 49 wins last […]

Point Shaving Briefly Revisited

April 4, 2007 by


Back in December I reviewed a published article by Justin Wolfers examining point shaving in NCAA basketball. Not all of our readers were impressed with the paper and one actually stated that I “…should be ashamed to support this research.” I am not. Economics clearly argues that incentives work, and college players – especially those […]

Looking at the Best

April 2, 2007 by


If we look at the standings one team stands alone. The Dallas Mavericks are the only team to win 60 games this season and currently – despite the loss to the Phoenix Suns yesterday – are still six games better than the Suns. When we look at offensive and defensive efficiency, though, the Mavericks do […]

Competitive Balance in College Basketball

April 1, 2007 by


This was posted by Stacey Brook at The New Republic You won’t hear a lot about it during this weekend’s Final Four coverage, but the NCAA is currently being sued by former college football and basketball players over caps on scholarship amounts. The immediate concern is over possible antitrust damages to athletes in many NCAA […]