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Buying and Selling Losers in Professional Sports

September 20, 2009 by


Matthew Yglesias – in The Trouble With “Redskins” – reveals how he came to follow Washington’s NFL team.  When I realized I was most likely going to stay in Washington, DC and write about politics forever and ever and ever, I decided to abandon my New York sports heritage and adopt DC’s teams. I know […]

Why Smart GMs Do Stupid Things

August 2, 2009 by


Today’s column is another brilliant offering from Steve Walters, a Professor of Economics at Loyola University Maryland.  Steve grew up in Massachusetts – otherwise known as the “Cradle of GMs” – and is thus a member of Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins Nation. He has published academic research on sports and economics, worked as […]

Roger Clemens, Steroids, and Bringing People Together

February 11, 2008 by


Did Roger Clemens take steroids? The following paragraph appeared in the New York Times this Sunday: Last week, Roger Clemens made the rounds on Capitol Hill to rebut charges by Brian McNamee, his former trainer, that he used steroids and human growth hormone late in his career. In addition, Clemens’s agents from Hendricks Sports Management […]

Stop the Presses — Two Economists Agree

December 16, 2007 by


If you put all the economists in the world end to end, you still couldn’t reach a conclusion.  This joke (old yet still good) highlights a basic characteristic of economics.  Economists tend not to agree.  So when we see two economists independently telling the same story, well, that’s news.  On Saturday I noted a column […]

How to Eliminate Steroids in Baseball

December 15, 2007 by


Yesterday JC Bradbury wrote a column explaining how the steroid issue in baseball is probably not going to impact the long-run financial health of the game. This analysis was based partly on The Wages of Wins.  Today Bradbury has a column in the New York Times which details how baseball could eliminate steroids from the […]

JC Bradbury on the Financial Impact of the Mitchell Report

December 14, 2007 by


The Mitchell Report (which you can read HERE) on steroids in baseball is THE story in sports today.  Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution linked today to the following column written by Steve Walters (posted at the WoW Journal in June). Rocket Science: Clemens and ‘Roids  And today, JC Bradbury posted a very good column on this […]

The Federal Reserve and the Value of Scouting

November 11, 2007 by


Today’s column is truly about sports.  Specifically the role of “staring” in the evaluation of talent.  But I am going to begin in an unusual place and work my way back to the subject of talent evaluation in sports. And along the way, I will connect the Federal Reserve and the formulation of monetary policy […]

Kobe Myths

October 18, 2007 by


Kobe Bryant came to Bakersfield tonight.  A few years ago I was given a court-side ticket for the annual visit by the Lakers to Bakersfield, but my source for that ticket (Rich Campbell, a sports marketing professor) has moved on from Cal-State Bakersfield (if Campbell was still here, though, I would have still missed the […]

Yankee Liberation Day

October 10, 2007 by


Monday was Yankee Liberation Day.  With the Cleveland Indians elimination of the New York Yankees, the media’s coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs can now focus on the other teams still playing baseball.  In case you hadn’t heard, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox still have a chance to […]

More on Bonds – Lifting Comments from

August 9, 2007 by


As noted yesterday, JC Bradbury at had done a wonderful job correcting some of the stories that have been told about Barry Bonds.  Yesterday he offered a short post that simply congratulated Barry Bonds (which included video of the at-bat). This post elicited a number of comments, two of which I found especially interesting. […]