The final draft of my latest for Time.com — Here’s What It Will Take for Women’s Sports to Grow in the U.S. –was submitted last Monday morning. A few moments later my family and I left for a vacation. And apparently, minutes after we departed it was posted at Time.com. While on vacation in Colorado I was able to access the Internet occasionally. But I did not have much time to respond to some of the reactions. Now that I am back in Cedar City, I can finally
In addition to teaching sports economics, I have also taught economic history for more than 15 years. When we get to the American Revolution, I tend to describe the Declaration of Independence as a letter between the United States and England. And once you get past the formal language, this is what this letter is really trying to say (and yes, students tend to think this is funny when I say this in class):
A key to watching team sports is knowing the players. As the saying goes: ” You can’t tell the players without a scorecard!” With that in mind, here is the Wins Produced of every single player in the WNBA from the 2014.
A few quick notes before we get to the scorecard: The calculation of Wins Produced follows the same approach taken for the NBA: http://wagesofwins.com/how-to-calculate-wins-produced/ The specific calculations were reported in the following article: Berr
“Analytics” has been the buzzword in basketball for a very long time. And for a very long time, I have expressed some criticism of the “analytics” people have offered. If you bother to peruse the 1,000 plus posts on this blog, you will likely see some of this criticism. Or if you don’t have the time, Chris Benjamin* has written an article for Men’s Journal — The 4 Fallacies of NBA Analytics – that details much of my critique.
The list includes decision-makers focusing too
As a sports economist I do research on the athletic exploits of others. To date, I do not think I have ever spoken much about sports I play. At 45 years of age, I have stopped playing sports like basketball of football; since I sense injuries at my age can be permanent life conditions (older people don’t heal so well). So my athletic endeavors today focus on biking riding, weight lifting, and working on my rowing machine in my garage. Bike riding is a daily event, sinc