Not Exactly Good News for Greg Oden

The big news in the NBA is that Greg Oden is going to undergo microfracture surgery and probably miss the 2007-08 season.  The question facing Oden (and fans of the Portland TrailBlazers) is how likely is it that a player can recover from such a procedure?  And by recovery, we …

Did Melo Resurrect the Nuggets?

A few weeks ago I examined the impact Larry Bird had on the Boston Celtics in 1979.  In 1978-79 the Celtics won 29 games.  The following season the Celtics won 61 games.  Much of this improvement, although certainly not all, could be linked to the outstanding rookie performance of Larry …

JC Bradbury Asks for Better Stats on TV

Classes start this week at Cal-State Bakersfield.  So I should have spent my day working on preparing either The Economics of Religion or Intermediate Macroeconomics (the two courses I teach this quarter).  But I would rather comment on three items I saw on three of my favorite blogs. These comments …

Darren Rovell Shows us that Michigan is a Winner

Classes start this week at Cal-State Bakersfield.  So I should have spent my day working on preparing either The Economics of Religion or Intermediate Macroeconomics (the two courses I teach this quarter).  But I would rather comment on three items I saw on three of my favorite blogs. These comments …

The Exploited in 2006-07

Last week I looked at the most overpaid players in 2006-07.  The surprising leader of this group was Shaquille O’Neal.  What made this especially surprising was revealed on Friday.  Across his career, Shaq has clearly been exploited. To understand what this statement means, we have to understand the term “exploited.” …

A New QB Score

One of the updates in the paperback edition of The Wages of Wins is a new QB Score model. The QB Score model in the hardcover edition was as follows: QB Score = Yards – 3*Plays – 50*All turnovers In the paperback edition, QB Score is now: QB Score = …

An Exploited Shaq

The famed economist Joan Robinson stated (back in 1933): “What is actually meant by exploitation is usually that the wage is less than the marginal revenue product.” Or to put it more simply… if you make more money for your employer than your employer pays you, then you be exploited. …

The Surprising Leader of the Overpaid

Sean Deveney of The Sporting News wrote a column a few days ago listing the ten most overpaid players in the NBA.  His list – which I reproduced below — focused on 2007-08 and excluded players who were bought out or are scheduled to make less than $7 million.  1. …