So You Want to Work in Professional Basketball?

There are currently two undergraduate sport management programs located in an accredited school of business West of the Mississippi. One of these happens to be at California State University Bakersfield. Our program is very much in its infancy although we are optimistic that it will grow dramatically in the next …

A Lottery Lesson from Orlando

The NBA’s worst go to bed each night dreaming of bouncing lottery balls. The hope is with a few good bounces, a top pick can be had and a talent like Greg Oden or Kevin Durant will soon be wearing their jersey. If these players are as good as advertised, …

Walking in Memphis

Billy Donovan has led the Florida Gators to consecutive NCAA national championships. For awhile this week he was “the candidate” for coaching jobs at both the college and pro ranks. According to the Boston Globe, his leading suitor at the NBA level was rumored to be the Memphis Grizzlies, who …

Point Shaving Briefly Revisited

Back in December I reviewed a published article by Justin Wolfers examining point shaving in NCAA basketball. Not all of our readers were impressed with the paper and one actually stated that I “…should be ashamed to support this research.” I am not. Economics clearly argues that incentives work, and …

Looking at the Best

If we look at the standings one team stands alone. The Dallas Mavericks are the only team to win 60 games this season and currently – despite the loss to the Phoenix Suns yesterday – are still six games better than the Suns. When we look at offensive and defensive …

Competitive Balance in College Basketball

This was posted by Stacey Brook at The New Republic You won’t hear a lot about it during this weekend’s Final Four coverage, but the NCAA is currently being sued by former college football and basketball players over caps on scholarship amounts. The immediate concern is over possible antitrust damages …

Four Final Four Thoughts

Yesterday I was on Bloomberg Television, discussing the NCAA Final Four (and a bit of baseball) with Rhonda Shaffler. Let me expand briefly on what I said. 1. The Final Four is a Big Business for a Small Number of Schools CBS pays the NCAA $6.2 billion – over 11 …

Is Kevin Martin the Most Improved?

If we compare player performance in the basketball, baseball, and football we see that over time, NBA players are the most consistent. Football players tend to be quite inconsistent. Although NBA players tend to be relatively consistent across time, player performance can change. And each year the NBA has an …

Incorporating Defense

The Wins Produced model begins with a simple idea.  Wins are a function of offensive and defensive efficiency.  This idea can be found in the work of John Hollinger and Dean Oliver.  And with a bit of math, you can show that wins are indeed a function of these efficiency …

An Inconsistent Consistency Story

A few days ago I made a comment about the consistency of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The point I was trying to make was that given the past productivity of the players employed by Minnesota, one should expect this team to be hovering around the average mark. This means this team …