The Wages of Wins: Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern Sport

The Wages of Wins: Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern Sport

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Overview

The Wages of Wins: Taking Measure of the Many Myths in Modern Sport by David Berri, Martin Schmidt, Stacey Brook

Arguing about sports is as old as the games people play. Over the years sports debates have become muddled by many myths that do not match the numbers generated by those playing the games. In The Wages of Wins, the authors use layman's language and easy-to-follow examples based on their own academic research to debunk many of the most commonly held beliefs about sports. In this updated version of their book, the authors explain why Allen Iverson's departure made the 76ers a better team, why the Yankees find it so hard to repeat the success that they had in the late 1990s, and why even great quarterbacks like Brett Favre are consistently inconsistent. The book names names, and makes it abundantly clear that much of the decision making done by coaches and general managers does not hold up to an analysis of the numbers. Whether you are a fantasy league fanatic or a casual weekend fan, much of what you believe about sports will change after reading this book.

About the Author:
David J. Berri is Associate Professor of Economics at California State University, Bakersfield

About the Author:
Martin B. Schmidt is Associate Professor of Economics at the College of William and Mary

About the Author:
Stacey L. Brook is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Sioux Falls

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804752879
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 05/09/2006
Edition description: 1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David J. Berri is Associate Professor of Economics at California State University, Bakersfield. Martin B. Schmidt is Associate Professor of Economics at the College of William and Mary. Stacey L. Brook is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Sioux Falls.

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables     vii
Preface     xi
Preface to the Paperback Edition     xv
Games with Numbers     1
Much Talking, Little Walking     11
Can You Buy the Fan's Love?     30
Baseball's Competitive Balance Problem?     46
The NBA's Competitive Balance Problem?     69
Shaq and Kobe     90
Who Is the Best?     116
A Few Chicago Stories     146
How Are Quarterbacks Like Mutual Funds?     172
Scoring to Score     201
Notes     227
References     269
Index     279

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