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Checking in on a Prediction

Economists aren’t known for getting predictions right.  Nevertheless, we keep trying.  My latest prediction – which was revealed in an article by Ron Dicker at Huffington Post – was that television ratings for NBA games this Christmas would exceed the ratings seen for games played on Christmas last year.  This …

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How to Choose a Market in Sports

A few weeks ago, Arturo and Devin – in two separate posts – wrote about which markets deserve and don’t deserve an NBA franchise.   These posts considered a few objective factors about a market in ascertaining where the NBA should locate its teams. Today at Freakonomics, I took a very …

Late Friday Bullets

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 …

Who pays attention to sports economists?

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 …

How Fans React to Labor Disputes in Professional Sports

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 …