Showing posts with category "nba"

Guidelines on Strength Training for Soccer Athletes

Nowadays, every sporting activity requires the athlete to have strength, speed, and endurance to perform better.

June 18, 2020
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soccer

Motocross: Your Questions Answered

So, your kid wants to get involved in motocross racing.

May 12, 2020
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race

4th Downs and Beyond: Coaches as Optimizers

Ran across a recent piece on the evolution of Jason Garrett's playing calling by Jonathan Bales of DC Times (an analytics based blog on the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL). When I first began studying Jason Garrett’s play-calling in 2009, perhaps his most blatant tendency was allowing previous play-calls to dictate his current ones. That was particularly true on second down, when Garrett would often run if he had passed on first down and pass if he had run. The thinking, in all likelihood, was to “mix it up” in order to keep the defense guessing. In attempting to randomize […]

May 12, 2020
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manager efficiency

Edmonton Arena Deal Finalized

The Edmonton City Council passed a bill yesterday authorizing a package amounting to $480 million in funding for construction of a new arena in downtown Edmonton.  This appears to end more than 5 years of bickering over the financing of this proposed new arena.  This $480 million dollars in financing is assumed to cover the entire construction costs of the facility, excluding land and other related infrastructure like roads, sewerage, and utilities.   The details of the financing are almost too complicated to cover in a blog post, as the financing mix consists of a mish-mash of local, provincial, and private […]

May 12, 2020
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Canada

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

If You Oppose Stadium Subsidies, then You Might Be a Deadbeat

Have you ever wondered about the demographics of people who oppose stadium subsidies?  Me neither, but here's something from Savethevikes.org, a stadium proponent website. As with any public hearing we do expect to hear from opposition on a Vikings stadium and given the time slot, the advantage goes to opponents. We typically see those who are unemployed or on a fixed income advocating against a new stadium because the government isn’t giving them enough. All while the majority of the Vikings 2.5 million fans are working. Well, at least the author didn't refer to us pencil-necked, pointy-headed professors - employed […]

May 12, 2020
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economic impact

The Death Throes of the Big XII?

In what has to be the most unsurprising development in college athletics, Texas A&M has officially sent notice to the Big XII that it wants a divorce.  Apparently fed up with the Texas-centric economics and politics of the conference, A&M wants out. This is no small thing.  Texas A&M has been one of the premier schools in the conference.  Their traditions and the passion of their football fans is legendary, as is their rivalry with Texas, not to mention that they field very competitive teams in many sports.  If the Aggies can get upset enough to leave the conference, something's […]

May 12, 2020
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college sports

How Much v. How Well -- Michael Jordan as "6th Man"?

In 1968, Gates Brown hit .450 as a pinch hitter and .370 in total with an OPS of 1.12.  Yet, Brown did not register in the year end MVP voting.  His AL record 107 pinch hits did not garner in Hall of Fame ballots in his name.  Neither did they for Lenny Harris whose 207 career pinch hits leads the majors.  Why not?  These contributions, while noteworthy and taking place often in pressure-packed situations, reflect a small number of contributions relative to full-time position players. Yet, Mariano Rivera's will certainly enter Cooperstown.  He also finished second, third (3 times), and […]

May 12, 2020
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Major League Baseball

NBA on NHL Path, Not NFL

John Chick from Canada's CBC sports nailed the NBA lockout situation: The impetus for the lockout was the owners deciding the league's current financial system was unsustainable. Bettman wanted a link between revenue and salaries. And that's exactly what is happening in the NBA today. While NBA revenues are higher than the NHL's by virtue of a bigger marketplace and a more lucrative U.S. TV deal, it's the basically the same story. Even though a few found a similar feel to the NFL lockout, for example Mike Chen at SB Nation, most sports economist, myself included, predicted that the NFL […]

May 12, 2020
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bargaining

Super Bowl Betting Recap

The results are in, and Super Bowl XLV was not super for Vegas sports books. The Packers were a three point favorite in the game, and the line didn't move much.  Early reports suggested that the betting volume was relatively even, which is typically a signal of a profitable, but not exceptional, game for sports books.  I have not been able to track down an estimate of the actual volume on the side betting. The State of Nevada Gaming Control Board released their Super Bowl Wagering estimates yesterday, and Nevada sports books made a tiny 0.83% profit on more than […]

May 12, 2020
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gambling

Clippers -- Lessons from Losers

Recently, on the NBA Network I caught the tail end of a conversation between Kenny Smith and another announcer about the LA Clippers.  Maybe there are less successful franchises by some metric, but the Clippers must be in the mix in any discussion of trees that never bear fruit (see Pro Basketball Reference).   If this season's trend continues, the Clips will record 1 winning season in the last 14 and 2 out of the last 18.  In half of these seasons, they have won less than one-third of their games. Long losing streaks (for example WKU football) or extremely […]

May 12, 2020
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manager efficiency

Deals, Deals, Deals

The University of Colorado will join Nebraska and Utah as members of the Pac-10 in 2011 after negotiating a $6.863 million exit package with the Big 12.  Nebraska is paying $9.25 million for the same privilege to leave for the Big 10.   This story in Boulder's Daily Camera notes that the Pac-10 is financing Colorado's severance payment, in effect through reduced future payouts to Colorado.  Payouts of this magnitude -- and the ability of Colorado and the Pac-10 to finance the early move with internal funds --  imply very large gains to the new Pac-10 group of schools from this realignment. Elsewhere, […]

May 12, 2020
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NASCAR