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Dennis Coates on Perhaps the Most Important Myth in Professional Sports

May 31, 2008 by


The subtitle of The Wages of Wins is Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern Sport.  In our book we detail myths ranging from the value of scoring in the NBA (it is over-valued), to the impact of labor disputes on attendance in sports (there isn’t much of one), to the ability of baseball […]

Sports Fans and Crime

January 20, 2008 by


For Christmas my wife added to my collection of books by Dave Barry by giving me Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys. Within this essential guide to guys, was the following discussion of how guys relate to sports. “…guys care about sports teams. I’m not talking about simply rooting; I’m talking about a relationship that […]

Taking Moneyball Beyond Baseball

January 8, 2008 by


Yesterday I noted that I was no longer going to post daily columns.  In fact, I stated that I promised several co-authors that I would stop doing this. What follows, though, is not one of my columns (so I am not breaking my promise).  Rather, this is a column by Brian Goff – a fellow […]

Sports Philosophy

January 1, 2008 by


Sports are a common topic across academic disciplines.   In addition to Sports Economics, there is Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Exercise Science, and even Sports Philosophy.  I know very little about the last item on this list, but nevertheless, this column is still going to offer a few philosophical thoughts about sports. A typical entry at […]

Justin Wolfers is an Agitator?

October 13, 2007 by


Last Saturday, in one of his last entries at Marginal Revolution, Justin Wolfers posted the following: ESPN Magazine lists their list of the Nine Behind-the-Scenes Power Brokers in Sports.  Reprinted in Business Week here.  Includes one rather unexpected name. Clicking on the link to Business Week (or just looking on page 78 of the October […]

Bill James Asks Old Questions in Sports Economics

October 8, 2007 by


Bill James wrote a column for in The Boston Globe this weekend that was intended to outline the “next” big questions in sports.  Specifically, James wants us to move beyond what is good for the team (i.e. studies of player performance) to the study of what is good for the league.  Much of what James […]

Why Do Research in Sports Economics

October 7, 2007 by


This past week Justin Wolfers was guest blogging at Marginal Revolution.  In one of his many interesting posts Wolfers asked the question: Why do economists work on sports? To this question, Wolfers provided the following six answers (my thoughts, along with the wisdom of JC Bradbury, are below):

Random Thoughts on a Saturday Night

September 29, 2007 by


Here is a blog post that kind of got away from me.  It’s Saturday night and I had a few thoughts about what to write about. Rather than choose, though, I decided to just cram all my ideas into one column.  So the following will start with a conversation I had with Darren Rovell on […]

Two Great Entries at The Sports Economist

August 30, 2007 by


In addition to writing at The Wages of Wins Journal, I occasionally offer a comment at The Sports Economist. The Sports Economist is a blog created by Raymond (Skip) Sauer, a professor of economics at Clemson University. Skip put together a roster of sports economists to offer posts, which both spreads out the workload and […]

Wait! Wait! Don’t Lie to Me

August 23, 2007 by


The Al Franken Show (which was broadcast on Air America) would have a game show each Friday called “Wait! Wait! Don’t Lie to Me.”  Hosted by both Al Franken and columnist Joe Conason, the game consisted of a statement being played for a caller.  The caller then had to decide if the person making […]