The Competitive-Balance Argument Against Paying Athletes Is Bullshit

High on the list of myths thrown out as excuses to delay or prevent the advent of pay-for-play is that the price-fixing engaged in by the 351 schools in Division 1, and especially the now 128 schools in FBS who play football, is necessary to ensure competitive balance across the sport. » 5/15/14 2:16pm 5/15/14 2:16pm

How Athletic Departments (And The Media) Fudge The Cost Of Scholarships

Paula Lavigne has an insightful piece on ESPN.com about how college sports thrived even as the rest of America suffered through a terrible economic downturn starting in late 2008. Paula is one of the best people writing in the mainstream sports press on money issues, and this piece is no exception. She presents a… » 5/02/14 2:44pm 5/02/14 2:44pm

Study: NFL Teams Have No Idea What They're Doing In The Draft

Today the Philadelphia Inquirer profiles Cade Massey, a professor at Penn's Wharton School of business. Already with a study under his belt arguing that the conventional wisdom of the Draft Value Chart is all wrong, Massey was contracted by an unnamed NFL team to study the history of the draft for market… » 9/24/13 4:00pm 9/24/13 4:00pm

Economists Disagree Over How Influential Jose Canseco Was In Spreading…

With advance apologies for giving any more press to Jose Canseco, you might want to check out a little contretemps happening over at Econ Journal Watch about Canseco's role as the Johnny Appleseed of baseball steroids. There's been a debate for a few years now about Canseco's claims to have spread the gospel of 'roids… » 2/09/13 10:19pm 2/09/13 10:19pm

What Impoverished High-School Football Players Teach Us About The…

So I attended a Preview Screening, for free, of the Academy Oscar® Award-winning Documentary-movie Undefeated, in my capacity as a "Film Critic." Later, and not in the theater, because that's rude, while I was Internetting for fact-checking information in re the 2009 Manassas Tigers High School football team, I hit an… » 3/16/12 3:28pm 3/16/12 3:28pm

NBPA Economist Kevin Murphy Provides Some Intellectual Capital On The…

NBA.com has published an interview with Kevin Murphy, the noted genius and economist who's been working with the Players' Assocation since June. This is the first time the University of Chicago professor has talked publicly since the lockout began. Go read it to gain some bonafide intellectual capital about this mess.… » 10/27/11 5:45pm 10/27/11 5:45pm

Millionaire Or Pauper: What Are College Athletes Worth?

There's a report out today that says college athletes are underpaid, and you should probably ignore it. Reading a study from the National College Players Association saying that college athletes should get more money is like reading a study from the NCAA saying student-athletes should never be paid and should thank… » 9/13/11 4:00pm 9/13/11 4:00pm