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

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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, these authors explain why Allen Iverson leaving Philadelphia made the 76ers a better team, why the Yankees find it so hard to repeat their success from 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 of 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.

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Stanford University Press
  • Palo Alto, United States
  • English
  • Us.
  • 58 tables, 4 figures
  • 0804758441
  • 9780804758444
  • 397,683

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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, these authors explain why Allen Iverson leaving Philadelphia made the 76ers a better team, why the Yankees find it so hard to repeat their success from 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 of 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.

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"When I read the book, I was impressed by the amount of effort that went into compiling the reams of data that underlie the work...The fundamental case the authors make is that the statistical analysis shows that the conventional wisdom about sports is dead wrong-that the data as the put it, "offers many surprises."-Joe Nocera, The New York Times "In The Wages of Wins, the authors attempt to puncture some popular myths-saying that payroll and wins are not highly correlated, and that in baseball, football...attendance hasn't been significantly affected by players strikes or owner lockouts."-Sue Kirchhoff, USA Today "In The Wages of Wins, the economists David J. Berri, Martin B. Schmidt, and Stacey L. Brook set out to solve the Iverson problem. Weighing the relative value of fouls, rebounds, shots taken, turnovers, and the like, they've created an algorithm that, they argue, comes closer than any previous statistical measure to capturing the true value of a basketball player. ...Looking at the findings that Berri, Schmidt, and Brook present is enough to make one wonder what exactly basketball experts-coaches, managers, sportswriters-know about basketball."-Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker "Wages is provocative, stimulating and challenging."-Sports Illustrated

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About David J. Berri

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.

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When I read the book, I was impressed by the amount of effort that went into compiling the reams of data that underlie the work The fundamental case the authors make is that the statistical analysis shows that the conventional wisdom about sports is dead wrong that the data as the put it, offers many surprises. Joe Nocera, The New York Times In The Wages of Wins, the authors attempt to puncture some popular myths saying that payroll and wins are not highly correlated, and that in baseball, football .attendance hasn t been significantly affected by players strikes or owner lockouts. Sue Kirchhoff, USA Today In The Wages of Wins, the economists David J. Berri, Martin B. Schmidt, and Stacey L. Brook set out to solve the Iverson problem. Weighing the relative value of fouls, rebounds, shots taken, turnovers, and the like, they ve created an algorithm that, they argue, comes closer than any previous statistical measure to capturing the true value of a basketball player. Looking at the findings that Berri, Schmidt, and Brook present is enough to make one wonder what exactly basketball experts coaches, managers, sportswriters know about basketball. Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker"

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Table of contents

contents List of Figures and Tables vii Preface xi Preface to the Paperback Edition xv Chapter 1 Games with Numbers 1 Chapter 2 Much Talking, Little Walking 11 Chapter 3 Can You Buy the Fan's Love? 30 Chapter 4 Baseball's Competitive Balance Problem? 46 Chapter 5 The NBA's Competitive Balance Problem? 69 Chapter 6 Shaq and Kobe 90 Chapter 7 Who Is the Best? 116 Chapter 8 A Few Chicago Stories 146 Chapter 9 How Are Quarterbacks Like Mutual Funds? 172 Chapter 10 Scoring to Score 201 Notes 227 References 269 Index 279

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