Why Have a Draft?

Let’s say your team is a loser. If your team played in a European league that would be a problem. European sports leagues have a system of promotion and relegation, which means the losers each season get demoted into the sports minor leagues and the best of the minor leagues …

Drew Bledsoe in the Hall of Fame?

Drew Bledsoe, the first player taken in the 1993 draft, retired last week. According to Don Banks of SI.com, Bledsoe finishes his career fifth all-time in completions (3,839), seventh in passing yards (44,611) and 13th in touchdown passes (251). So these stats suggest he is one of the all-time greats. …

Fantasy Playoff Basketball

The playoffs start in just a few days and Jason Chandler – of NBA Babble and Win Score – has come up with a way to increase your viewing pleasure.  Chandler has set up a fantasy basketball game for the playoffs based on Win Score.  To the best of my …

The Unlucky Celtics

It’s Friday the 13th so thoughts turn to luck (or the lack thereof). And that subject causes me to think about the Celtics. Back in the 1980s I watched the Pistons struggle to get by the Celtics. The call “there’s a steal by Bird” still makes me very unhappy. It …

The Incentive to Lose in the NBA

This past Monday the Sports Law Blog asked the question: Why does tanking occur in the NBA but seemingly not in other leagues? The question basically presumes that the NBA’s losers will intentionally lose games towards the end of a season to enhance their draft position. What people wonder is …

Today is Our Birthday!!!

The final edits for The Wages of Wins were completed soon after the 2006 Super Bowl. In fact, the paragraph describing that game in Chapter Nine was the last paragraph added to the book. In the weeks after the book was completed JC Bradbury – of Sabernomics and The Baseball …

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 …