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    Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won (CD-Audio) By (author) Tobias J Moskowitz, By (author) L Jon Wertheim, Read by Zach McLarty

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    DescriptionIn Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost. Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more. Among the insights that Scorecasting reveals: Why Tiger Woods is prone to the same mistake in high-pressure putting situations that you and I areWhy professional teams routinely overvalue draft picks The myth of momentum or the "hot hand" in sports, and why so many fans, coaches, and broadcasters fervently subscribe to itWhy NFL coaches rarely go for a first down on fourth-down situations--even when their reluctance to do so reduces their chances of winning.In an engaging narrative that takes us from the putting greens of Augusta to the grid iron of a small parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever change how you view the game, whatever your favorite sport might be. "From the Hardcover edition."


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    Title
    Scorecasting
    Subtitle
    The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tobias J Moskowitz, By (author) L Jon Wertheim, Read by Zach McLarty
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 150 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307877673
    ISBN 10: 0307877671
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    BIC subject category V2: KC, KJ, WS
    Abridged Dewey: 796
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: SPO000000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    DC22: 796.01
    DC21: 796.01
    BISAC V2.8: SPO041000, SPO066000
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 57800
    B&T Approval Code: A09160000
    BISAC V2.8: BUS000000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GV707 .M665 2011B
    Thema V1.0: KJ, SC, KC
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Publication date
    25 January 2011
    Author Information
    TOBIAS MOSKOWITZ is the Fama Family Chaired Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago. He is the winner of the 2007 Fischer Black Prize, which honors the top finance scholar in the world under the age of 40. L. JON WERTHEIM is a senior writer for "Sports Illustrated," a recent Ferris Professor at Princeton, and the author of five books, including "Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played." For more information go to scorecasting.com "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "The closest thing to "Freakonomics" I've seen since the original. A rare combination of terrific storytelling and unconventional thinking. I love this book..." --Steven D. Levitt, Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, and co-author of "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics " "I love this book. If I told you why, the NBA would fine me again." --Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks ""Scorecasting "is both scholarly and entertaining, a rare double. It gets beyond the cliched narratives and tried-but-not-necessarily-true assumptions to reveal significant and fascinating truths about sports." --Bob Costas "A counterintuitive, innovative, unexpected handbook for sports fans interested in the truths that underpin our favorite games. With their lively minds and prose, Moskowitz and Wertheim will change the way you think about and watch sports. Not just for stats nerds, "Scorecasting" enlightens and entertains. I wish I had thought of it!" --Jeremy Schaap, ESPN reporter, Author of "Cinderella Man." "(Sports + numbers) x great writing = winning formula. A must read for all couch analysts." --Richard Thaler, Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, best-selling author of "Nudge." ""Scorecasting" will change the way you watch sports, but don't start reading it during a game; you're liable to get lost in it and miss the action. I'm not giving anything away because you'll want to read exactly how they arrived at their conclusions." --Allen Barra, "NJ Star Ledger " "Like "Moneyball" and "Soccernomics" before it, "Scorecasting" crunches the numbers to challenge notions that have been codified into conventional sports wisdom." --"Wired Magazine" ""Freakonomics" meets "Moneyball"" --"The Wall Street Journal" "From the Hardcover edition."