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March 15, 2012

Taking Shots Vs. Making Shots

A little over a year ago, NBA “experts” were telling us that the Knicks are now much better – and the Nuggets are now in trouble — because Carmelo Anthony was playing in New York. The Knicks clearly concurred when they gave Melo a maximum player salary. Now we are …

Competitive Imbalance in College Basketball

My latest for Freakonomics (yes, I wrote two posts this week), focuses on competitive balance in college basketball.  One argument the NCAA offers when people ask why the labor that generates multi-billion dollar television contracts are not actually paid is that paying the student-athletes would disrupt competitive balance.  As I …