Justin Wolfers is an Agitator?

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 …

Future NBA Stars

A few weeks ago Sports Illustrated.com posted a photo essay revealing the top ten “future stars of the NBA.”  When I saw this I thought this would make a great story at the WoW Journal.  I even went so far as to analyze the players SI chose and to compile …

After the Answer

After 24 games last season the Philadelphia 76ers were 5-19.  And then Andre Miller and Joe Smith arrived (in the Allen Iverson trade) and the 76ers suddenly were transformed from the NBA’s worst team to a distinctly average club.  After the arrival of Miller and Smith, the Sixers won 30 …

Week Five QB Score and RB Score Rankings

Overall and Week Five QB Score Rankings Overall and Week Five RB Score Rankings Here are the QB Score and RB Score rankings for Week Five.  The above links actually provide two tables for both the quarterbacks and running backs.  Looking at the quarterbacks, the first table is the overall …

Yankee Liberation Day

Monday was Yankee Liberation Day.  With the Cleveland Indians elimination of the New York Yankees, the media’s coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs can now focus on the other teams still playing baseball.  In case you hadn’t heard, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox …

Bill James Asks Old Questions in Sports Economics

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 …

Why Do Research in Sports Economics

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):

Doing the Same Thing in Atlanta?

The Atlanta Hawks in 2005-06 scored 103.5 points and surrendered 108.5 points per possession.  So their efficiency differential – offensive efficiency minus defensive efficiency (103.46-108.52) – was -5.1.  In 2006-07 this team scored, again per 100 possessions, 99.8 points while surrendering 104.9.  This gives the team an efficiency differential of …