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. …

The Wages of Wins: Now in Paperback

In a couple of weeks it will finally be official.  Marty, Stacey, and I will finally be paperback writers.  Yes, the paperback version of The Wages of Wins – with a cool new cover — is due to be released by Stanford University Press on September 17.   Here is a …

The Return of the Kings

 Today’s story is all about the Sacramento Kings.  The story will begin with a brief recount of this team’s history before turning to a discussion of the team’s present incarnation and its future. A Brief History of the Kings The Sacramento Kings franchise began as the Rochester Royals in the …

Two Great Entries at The Sports Economist

In addition to writing at The Wages of Wins Journal, I occasionally offer a comment at The Sports Economist. The Sports Economist is a blog created by Raymond (Skip) Sauer, a professor of economics at Clemson University. Skip put together a roster of sports economists to offer posts, which both …

Connecting Seattle Past to Seattle Present

Two days ago I wrote a column on “The Human Eraser”, Marvin Webster.  This post argued that Webster was the most productive player on a Sonics team that went to the NBA Finals.  Yesterday I examined how the Sonics lost Webster, again their best player, but still managed to win …

The Story of the Human Eraser

Recent developments in Seattle suggest that the SuperSonics may soon be departing.  As an economist I should say something about what Seattle should do to keep this team (Seattle shouldn’t do much) or what Oklahoma City should be willing to do to attract this franchise (again, not much), but today …