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Playbooks and Checkbooks

June 22, 2009 by


When I first started working in the field of sports economics there were no academic journals devoted to the subject, no textbooks, and national meetings for people in the field had just started.  About 15 years later, we now have two journals devoted to the subject (Journal of Sports Economics and the International Journal of […]

Fans of the World Unite!!! A Guide to Fan Action in the Socialistic World of American Sports

October 30, 2008 by


The word “socialism” has wandered into the presidential election.  This seems odd, since the two leading candidates for the presidency – Barack Obama and John McCain – would be considered devotees of capitalism.  At least, although both candidates are on record as supporters of the progressive income tax, neither candidate is advocating that we replace […]

The Logic of Life

January 13, 2008 by


Economics has historically been referred to as “The Dismal Science.”  Economists may bristle at the suggestion our subject is “dismal”, but people outside of economics often seem to regard the discipline as dry, abstract, and not entirely useful. “Interesting” Economics In recent years, though, an effort has been made by economists to change our collective […]

A New Review of The Wages of Wins

December 24, 2007 by


It’s been quite awhile since a new review of our book has been written. In fact, I honestly didn’t expect to see anymore. Nevertheless, here’s a review from Jeff Fox at collegehoopsnet . Numbers don’t lie.  So when the authors of The Wages of Wins write that Dean Garrett was the most productive NBA rookie […]

Review from the International Journal of Sport Finance

November 20, 2006 by


On Saturday I noted JC Bradbury’s review of our book in The International Journal of Sport Finance. As I mentioned, this is the first review of our book in an academic setting by a fellow academic. Unfortunately I could not post this review without permission. Today I received this permission from Dennis Howard, the editor […]

The Blind Side

October 20, 2006 by


A few weeks ago Malcolm Gladwell posted a review of The Blind Side, the latest book by Michael Lewis. Lewis has written several wonderful books, but is perhaps most famous – at least among sports economists — for Moneyball, the story of the improbable success of the Oakland A’s. The latest offering from Lewis focuses […]

The Bottom Line: A Book Review

September 29, 2006 by


In August I received an advanced copy of the latest book by Andrew Zimbalist. For those who regularly read this forum you might ask “Zimbalist wrote another book already?” In 2005 Andrew Zimbalist and Stefan Szymanski published National Pastime – How Americans Plays Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer, a wonderful book […]

Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations

August 23, 2006 by

0 often pairs a book with another it thinks readers might enjoy.  For The Wages of Wins, the pairing is often Dean Oliver’s Basketball on Paper.  Oliver’s book is quite good and well worth reading.  This post, though, is not about Oliver’s book.  I recently read another book that has occasionally paired with The […]

In the Best Interests of Baseball?: A Book Review

July 15, 2006 by


Over the past few weeks our book has been reviewed a few times.  Having had our work reviewed, I thought I would give the book reviewing game a try.  Earlier I made mention of National Pastime, a book by Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist.  Today I would like to discuss Zimbalist latest book. For the […]