Showing posts with category "college football"

The Sports Lover’s Guide to Life

If you’re a serious sports fan, you see the world a little bit differently while the coronavirus has put sports to a halt. Not everyone can understand why a person would be intensely loyal to a team full of strangers; not everyone can understand why playing a sport in high school, college, or even the pros would mean so much to some of us. That's something we can't do right now while COVID-19 ravages the world. Being really into sports means different things to different people, but it’s easy to recognize the sports-obsessed. They’re the ones waking up early to […]

October 27, 2020
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sports economics

4 Best Muscle Recovery Tips for Athletes

As an athlete getting better, faster, and stronger is understandably your top priority.

September 10, 2020
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sports

Potential Loss of Revenue without NCAA Football

As 2020 drags on, the uncertainty in just about everything seems to increase.

September 10, 2020
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sports

Recovering from Common Sporting Injuries

Strains and sprains affect us all. Muscles are connected to tendons that are connected to bone, and at any stage, stretching the body too far and too fast can result in injuries between any of the connective tissues (muscle tears, ruptured ligaments, and broken bones are also a risk factor that play their part in sporting activities - see companies such as loncarassociates.com

June 19, 2020
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sports

Is The English Premier League All About Money?

The Premier League is without a doubt one of the most financially attractive sports leagues in the world.

May 12, 2020
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sports

RIP James Buchanan

Nobel laureate James Buchanan has died at the age of 93.  Well known for his work on public choice, he also developed a model of clubs that can help us sports economists understand the working of sports leagues and college conferences.   I did just that in this post from a couple of years ago when college conference realignment was just getting revved up. Sports leagues can be thought of as clubs. To enter any club, permission must be obtained from the incumbents, which means a sufficient number of them must be made better off by the entrant. Similarly, the […]

May 12, 2020
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economics

NCAA Sanctions and Economic Impact

TSE readers know that we here at TSE roll our eyes at economic impact claims regarding sports and economic development.   So when I saw that the governor of Pennsylvania was filing suit against the NCAA regarding the sanctions handed down on Penn State, I raised an eyebrow Spock-wise. The projected loss to the state's economy combined with the hit to Penn State's prestige are the basis for Gov.  Tom Corbett's lawsuit to have the sanctions, including a $60 million fine and a four-year ban from lucrative postseason bowl games, thrown out. Legal and strategic questions notwithstanding, we're talking about an […]

May 12, 2020
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economic impact

Ice Hockey Success in the Sun Belt

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by John Miller about a story he was writing on the Phoenix Coyotes. As readers of EZDzine are well aware, evidence that sports franchises and stadium and arena construction generate large impetus to economic growth and urban development exists only in the minds and reports of consultants to sport franchises and their rent-seeking employers. Subsidies for such activities is especially troubling when city and state budgets are in disarray with service reductions and layoffs of public employees from teachers to police and firefighters. Miller's story, Taxpayers take the puck, describes […]

May 12, 2020
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economic development

MLB Umps: Evaluated but not Incentivized

The egregiously poor call against in the Yankees-Orioles game when Mark Texeira slid into first base throws attention back on to several issues with MLB umpiring: 1. Umps utilize "models" to assist or determine their decisions.   On tag plays, how early the ball arrives matters in addition to (and sometimes independent of) the actual tag.  At first base, it's a foot hitting the bag and sound of ball hitting the glove model.   On average, these models cut down on errors, but they can fall prey to big mistakes, especially when something falls outside the scope of the model like a […]

May 12, 2020
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MLB

Harsh Punishments, but No Death Penalty, for Penn State

The NCAA has hit Penn State with harsh penalties as punishment for the Jerry Sandusky case.  Penn State is put on probation for 5 years, is banned from bowl games for 4, loses numerous scholarships, is fined $60 million, and has the dreaded "vacating wins" penalty imposed on it (for the period 1998-2011).  It's players are allowed to transfer without penalty, which is also a penalty for Penn State football because it makes it easier for players to leave. No doubt about it, these are harsh penalties, and they seem appropriate to me.   There's no death penalty because of […]

May 12, 2020
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college football

The Honeymoon is Already Over in Gwinnett

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. A consultant’s study used by county officials to justify spending $64 million on the stadium said Gwinnett’s demographics and economy made it “one of the strongest markets in the country to support a minor league baseball team.” Conventions, Sports & Leisure International estimated the team would average 6,000 to 6,500 fans a game after an initial “honeymoon” period in which attendance might be higher. In 2009 the team drew an average of 5,858 fans a game – up from 4,455 the previous year when the team played in Richmond, Va. But the average […]

May 12, 2020
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attendance

What Makes a College Coach Overpaid?

From the Bleacher Report, we have a list of 20 coaches who are supposedly being paid too much. College football coaches make incredible amounts of money in today's football-obsessed society. Schools want wins and they want a lot of them. They want conference championships and national championships. And they're willing to pay for them. According to a study conducted by USA TODAY, at least two-dozen head coaches made more than $2 million in 2010. Doesn't that seem ridiculous? There is no doubt that these men work extremely hard in an excruciatingly competitive field, but many are overpaid. Here are the 20 most-overpaid […]

May 12, 2020
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coaching salaries