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The Knicks and Team Chemistry

Last season the Knicks set an NBA record for payroll and finished with the fewest wins in the Eastern Conference.  Yesterday in The New York Times Isiah Thomas offered an explanation. “I spent a lot of time this summer talking to different people about chemistry,” Thomas said, “because one of …

The Value of Simplicity

In The Wages of Wins we present measures of performance for both NBA players and NFL quarterbacks.  In presenting these measures we noted our objectives.  We wished to have metrics that were accurate and simple.  Obviously accuracy is important.  Performance measures are meant to tell us how individual players impact …

The Value of Player Statistics in the NFL

Why are player statistics tracked?  Since the 19th century baseball has been tracking a host of statistics for its players.  The same can be said for basketball and football since the inception of the NFL and the NBA.  But why is this necessary? We know in each contest which team …

Football Outsiders and QB Score

Our book has many, many end notes. And these are recommended reading since some of what we think are the most humorous comments in the book are tucked away in these notes.The following, though, is not one of the funny comments (at least, it wasn’t meant to be funny). On …

Consistent Inconsistency in Football

Much of this forum recently has been devoted to the discussion of basketball.  Our book, though, is about so much more.  The first part of The Wages of Wins examines labor disputes, the ability of team to buy wins in baseball, and competitive balance in various sports leagues.  Not until …

CNBC Tonight

A quick programming note:  I will be appearing on CNBC tonight with Darren Rovell – formally with ESPN.com and author of First in Thirst.  The topic of conversation will be the NFL’s search for a new commissioner.  Darren tells me the interview will air at 4:37pm and 8:37pm.  I assume …

Isiah Thomas Discovers Role Players

The New York Knicks last year were the most expensive team in NBA history.  And yet only the Portland Trail Blazers finished with a worse record. Larry Brown, the since departed head coach, appeared to cast blame on the players. The new head coach, though, believes the current cast the …

Malcolm Gladwell and the Value of Blogs

Malcolm Gladwell reviewed our book in The New Yorker this past May.  Soon after, he twice noted our work on his blog.  Given that Gladwell comments on his blog infrequently, it was nice to see him comment multiple times on The Wages of Wins. Since commenting on our book Gladwell …

How Easy is it to Read The Wages of Wins?

Our intention in writing The Wages of Wins was to take our academic work to a general audience.  As we note in the preface, though, we had no experience writing for anyone other than fellow economists.  So at the onset of this project it was not clear that we could …