Browsing All Posts filed under »Sports Econ«

The Moneyball Bible and Other Sunday Thoughts

September 4, 2011 by


The Wages of Wins has been called a "Moneyball-Bible". This is just one observation in a list of Sunday Bullets.

Playoffs are really not about the money for the players

January 19, 2011 by


  Darren Rovell – of CNBC — examined how much an NFL player gets paid for winning the Super Bowl.  As I have noted before, professional athletes are paid for the regular season.  For the playoffs, the players are paid according to the playoff bonus pool.  And as Rovell notes below (where I re-posted his […]

Late Friday Bullets

December 17, 2010 by


One of my favorite features at TrueHoop – the leading NBA blog in the world – is the daily bullet list.  This week, though, we only got two lists.  Henry Abbott says he is busy with other aspects of the blog, like writing actual stories on Yao Ming and LeBron James (which I think […]

Another Thought on Applying the Studies of Coaching to the Evaluation of Political Leaders

December 6, 2010 by


After posting — Who pays attention to sports economists?  — on Sunday morning I decided that this story would make for a good Huffington Post column. So Sunday evening I re-wrote the story and posted “Should the House Democrats Have Changed Coaches?”. The primary difference in the two posts is a thought that occurred to […]

Who pays attention to sports economists?

December 5, 2010 by


Sometimes I am surprised at the answer to this question.  To illustrate, a few years ago I was asked by Steve Forbes (okay, actually someone who works for Forbes) if I could send an autographed copy of The Wages of Wins to one of his friends.  More specifically, a copy of The Wages of Wins […]

Stumbling on Wins Thanksgiving Promotion and Study Questions

November 22, 2010 by


The publisher of Stumbling on Wins – Financial Times Press – is making an offer this week that I don’t think many can refuse.  If you have Kindle, you can download Stumbling on Wins until November 27 for $0.00.  Yes, you read that correctly.  This week – if you have Kindle – Stumbling on Wins […]

How Fans React to Labor Disputes in Professional Sports

October 5, 2010 by


My latest at Huffington Post reviews the results of research Martin Schmidt and I published in the American Economic Review (AER) in 2004.  Via some fairly sophisticated time-series analysis, Marty and I found that labor disputes do not statistically impact attendance in professional sports.  In other words, fans often threaten to leave when the players […]

The Problem with Baseball’s Participation Trophy

August 25, 2010 by


This is the title of my latest at the Huffington Post, a column that discusses the recent revelation that the Pittsburgh Pirates – a team that has been a loser for 18 consecutive years – is still earning a profit. Alan Robinson – of the Associated Press – contacted me about this story a few […]

Why Macroeconomists Should Watch Sports

July 29, 2010 by


My latest for the Huffington Post links the stories told in Stumbling on Wins to recent Congressional testimony by Nobel Laureate Robert Solow.  My interest in this story is twofold. First, I wanted to once again emphasize a major story in Stumbling on Wins.  What we see with respect to decision-making in sports applies to […]

Notes from a Panel Discussion on Blogging About Sports and Economics

July 20, 2010 by


A few weeks ago, the annual meeting of the Western Economic Association was held in Portland, Oregon.  From what I understand, this is second largest meeting of economists (the meetings of the American Economic Association are the largest).  To put the size of the meeting in perspective – the NAASE (North American Association of Sports […]