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Playbooks and Checkbooks

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 …

The Logic of Life

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 …

A New Review of The Wages of Wins

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 Blind Side

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 …

The Bottom Line: A Book Review

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 …

Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations

Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com …

In the Best Interests of Baseball?: A Book Review

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 …