On the Other Hands, Maybe Sports Make Us Happy

Posted on November 18, 2009 by

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On the Other Hand, Maybe Sports Make Us Happy.  This is the title of my latest for Huffington Post Sports.  Here is how the column begins:

Harry Truman once asked if he could have only “one-armed economists.” This is because too often economists told President Truman, “on the other hand…”

Although I am sure some economists only have one-arm, I have been blessed with two. And consequently, today’s column is going to somewhat contradict what I said last week.

Last week I noted that there was a problem with the decision in California to suspend environmental laws so that a new NFL stadium could be built in Los Angeles. More than two decades of research have indicated that stadiums don’t create significant economic growth (i.e. income) or jobs. Given this research, it seems likely that California didn’t have a very good reason to circumvent its environmental laws.

Of course, on the other hand… there’s a different perspective on the value of sporting events. For this perspective we turn to Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey — and Even Iraq — Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport (by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski; Nation Books).  Read the rest at Huffington Post Sports

As noted, this column is derived from Soccernomics.  For many American sports fans, soccer is simply not their favorite sports.  Nevertheless, many readers are going to find this book to be their favorite sports book in 2009.  This is just an extremely well-written book, filled with numerous stories any sports fan will find interesting. 

– DJ

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