The Wages of Wins

Author: David Berri
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804758444
Release Date: 2007-09-04
Genre: Business & Economics

The Wages of Wins is a proper analysis of the data generated by professional sports; it tells many tales that are inconsistent with the myths put forward by the media, industry, and consumers of professional sport.

Stumbling On Wins

Author: David Berri
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0137069510
Release Date: 2010-01-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The next quantum leap beyond Moneyball , this book offers powerful new insights into all human decision-making, because if sports teams are getting it wrong this badly, how do you know you're not? Sometimes the decisions that teams make are simply inexplicable. Consider: sports teams have an immense amount of detailed, quantifiable information to draw upon, more than in virtually any other industry. They have powerful incentives for making good decisions. Everyone sees the results of their choices, and the consequences for failure are severe. And yet... they keep making the same mistakes over and over again... systematic mistakes you'd think they'd learn how to avoid. Now, two leading sports economists reveal those mistakes in basketball, baseball, football, and hockey, and explain why sports decision-makers never seem to learn their lessons. You'll learn which statistics are connected to wins, and which aren't, and which statistics can and can't predict the future. Along the way, David Berri and Martin Schmidt show why a quarterback's place in the draft tells you nothing about how he'll perform in the NFL... why basketball decision-makers don't focus on the factors that really correlate with NBA success... why famous coaches don't deliver better results... and much more.

Stumbling on Wins

Author: David J. Berri
Publisher: Ft Press
ISBN: 013235778X
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The next quantum leap beyond Moneyball , this book offers powerful new insights into all human decision-making, because if sports teams are getting it wrong this badly, how do you know you're not? Sometimes the decisions that teams make are simply inexplicable. Consider: sports teams have an immense amount of detailed, quantifiable information to draw upon, more than in virtually any other industry. They have powerful incentives for making good decisions. Everyone sees the results of their choices, and the consequences for failure are severe. And yet... they keep making the same mistakes over and over again... systematic mistakes you'd think they'd learn how to avoid. Now, two leading sports economists reveal those mistakes in basketball, baseball, football, and hockey, and explain why sports decision-makers never seem to learn their lessons. You'll learn which statistics are connected to wins, and which aren't, and which statistics can and can't predict the future. Along the way, David Berri and Martin Schmidt show why a quarterback's place in the draft tells you nothing about how he'll perform in the NFL... why basketball decision-makers don't focus on the factors that really correlate with NBA success... why famous coaches don't deliver better results... and much more.

21st Century Economics A Reference Handbook

Author: Rhona C. Free
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412961424
Release Date: 2010-05-14
Genre: Business & Economics

Interest in economics is at an all-time high. Among the challenges facing the nation is an economy with rapidly rising unemployment, failures of major businesses and industries, and continued dependence on oil with its wildly fluctuating price. Americans are debating the proper role of the government in company bailouts, the effectiveness of tax cuts versus increased government spending to stimulate the economy, and potential effects of deflation. Economists have dealt with such questions for generations, but they have taken on new meaning and significance. Tackling these questions and encompassing analysis of traditional economic theory and topics as well as those that economists have only more recently addressed, 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook is intended to meet the needs of several types of readers. Undergraduate students preparing for exams will find summaries of theory and models in key areas of micro and macroeconomics. Readers interested in learning about economic analysis of an issue as well students embarking on research projects will find introductions to relevant theory and empirical evidence. And economists seeking to learn about extensions of analysis into new areas or about new approaches will benefit from chapters that introduce cutting-edge topics. To make the book accessible to undergraduate students, models have been presented only in graphical format (minimal calculus) and empirical evidence has been summarized in ways that do not require much background in statistics or econometrics. It is thereby hoped that chapters will provide both crucial information and inspiration in a non-threatening, highly readable format.

The Success Equation

Author: Michael J. Mauboussin
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
ISBN: 9781422184240
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Genre: Business & Economics

“Much of what we experience in life results from a combination of skill and luck.” — From the Introduction The trick, of course, is figuring out just how many of our successes (and failures) can be attributed to each—and how we can learn to tell the difference ahead of time. In most domains of life, skill and luck seem hopelessly entangled. Different levels of skill and varying degrees of good and bad luck are the realities that shape our lives—yet few of us are adept at accurately distinguishing between the two. Imagine what we could accomplish if we were able to tease out these two threads, examine them, and use the resulting knowledge to make better decisions. In this provocative book, Michael Mauboussin helps to untangle these intricate strands to offer the structure needed to analyze the relative importance of skill and luck. He offers concrete suggestions for making these insights work to your advantage. Once we understand the extent to which skill and luck contribute to our achievements, we can learn to deal with them in making decisions. The Success Equation helps us move toward this goal by: • Establishing a foundation so we better understand skill and luck, and can pinpoint where each is most relevant • Helping us develop the analytical tools necessary to understand skill and luck • Offering concrete suggestions about how to take these findings and put them to work Showcasing Mauboussin’s trademark wit, insight, and analytical genius, The Success Equation is a must-read for anyone seeking to make better decisions—in business and in life.

The Art of War for Beginners

Author: Vincent Gagliano
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781462025305
Release Date: 2011-07-11
Genre: Philosophy

The Art of War is one of the oldest and most widely read books on tactics and strategy ever written, but it can also be one of the most mystifying for modern readers to tackle. In order to complete this book, author Vincent Gagliano studied several different translations of The Art of War, in addition to books on business, leadership, and military history. Here, he takes Sun Tzus ideas and concepts and expresses them in a simplified form for first-time readers. He also describes how he came to write the book, and how new readers can study the text, helping them learn the concepts and apply them to everyday life. Whether you are facing struggles on the literal battlefield, in the boardroom, or in the arena, the ideas first expressed by Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago are still relevant today. Mastering the concepts of combat in any situation can give you the edge up on your competition, starting today!

Stumbling On Wins in Football

Author: David Berri
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0132120968
Release Date: 2010-04-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation

This is the eBook version of the printed book. Like what you've read? Get more in Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports (9780132357784) by David J. Berri and Martin B. Schmidt. Available in print and digital formats. Why NFL general managers keep making so many mistakes: the shocking realities hidden in the statistics! How many wins a quarterback produces depends on two factors: his number of plays and per-play productivity. High draft position gets him on the field, but doesn’t appear to say anything about how well he’ll play. Per-play numbers reveal that players taken with picks 11-50 were more productive than those taken at the top; QBs taken from picks 51-90 were as productive as those in the top ten.

Why David Sometimes Wins

Author: Marshall Ganz
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199757855
Release Date: 2010-09-30
Genre: Business & Economics

Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Offering insight from a longtime movement organizer and scholar, Ganz illustrates how they had the ability and resourcefulness to devise good strategy and turn short-term advantages into long-term gains.

Stumbling On Wins in Basketball

Author: David Berri
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0132120984
Release Date: 2010-04-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation

This is the eBook version of the printed book. Like what you've read? Get more in Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports (9780132357784) by David J. Berri and Martin B. Schmidt. Available in print and digital formats. In basketball, spending explains less than 10% of the variation in wins. Discover what explains the other 90%! In basketball, success takes more than money. From 1997-98 to 2003-04, the Knicks finished either first or second in payroll—and won only six more games than they lost. Their “averageness” led them to hire Isiah Thomas. Few people knew more about basketball. Thomas’s path to disaster began with his first move: sending several players and draft picks to the Suns for players, including Stephon Marbury.

The Life That Wins

Author: Watchman Nee
Publisher: Christian Fellowship Publishers
ISBN: 9780935008661
Release Date: 1986-04-07
Genre: Religion

These messages from the great Chinese pastor and teacher, Watchman Nee, on the subject of the overcoming Christian life were delivered at a conference in Shanghai, China in 1935.

The Action and Adventure Cinema

Author: Yvonne Tasker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134564934
Release Date: 2004-08-19
Genre: Performing Arts

This exciting collection addresses action and adventure from the silent to the contemporary period exploring diverse questions of aesthetics, industry and ideology. Action has established itself as one of the leading commercial genres of the New Hollywood cinema, generating extensive debate in the process. Contributors consider how action might best be defined, how it has developed historically, and how it works formally. The critical reception and standing of action and adventure cinema is considered in relation to questions of national culture, violence and the 'art' of cinema. Themes explored include genre and definitions; early action, sensation and melodrama; authorship and action; national and transnational action-adventure traditions; action aesthetics; spectacle and narrative; stars and bodies; class; gender; race and ethnicity. Attempting to evaluate the significance of this type of filmmaking for both popular cinema and film studies, the book underlines the central place of action and adventure within film history.

Brian Clough Nobody Ever Says Thank You

Author: Jonathan Wilson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781409123187
Release Date: 2011-11-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The final word on Brian Clough In this first full, critical biography, Jonathan Wilson draws an intimate and powerful portrait of one of England's greatest football managers, Brian Clough, and his right-hand man, Peter Taylor. It was in the unforgiving world of post-war football where their identities and reputations were made - a world where, as Clough and Taylor's mentor Harry Storer once said, 'Nobody ever says thank you.' Nonetheless, Clough brought the gleam of silverware to the depressed East Midlands of the 1970s. Initial triumph at Derby was followed by a sudden departure and a traumatic 44 days at Leeds. By the end of a frazzled 1974, Clough was set up for life financially, but also hardened to the realities of football. By the time he was at Forest, Clough's mask was almost permanently donned: a persona based on brashness and conflict. Drink fuelled the controversies and the colourful character; it heightened the razor-sharp wit and was a salve for the highs of football that never lasted long enough, and for the lows that inevitably followed. Wilson's account is the definitive portrait of this complex and enduring man.

Wrong Numbers in Sports

Author: David Berri
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0132089556
Release Date: 2010-03-31
Genre: Sports & Recreation

This is the eBook version of the printed book. This Element is an excerpt from Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports (9780132357784) by David J. Berri and Martin B. Schmidt. Available in print and digital formats. Why sports decision-makers are wrong so often — and why they keep making the same mistakes, year after year. When Bill James introduced his findings on the importance of on-base percentage–and the unimportance of steals–decision-makers in baseball didn’t embrace his work. Their initial reaction fully reflects the lessons of behavioral economics: people have trouble accepting information that contradicts their viewpoints. The same story has been seen again and again across the North American professional sports world.

A Century of Mistakes in Baseball

Author: Martin Schmidt
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0131388428
Release Date: 2010-03-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

This is the eBook version of the printed book. This Element is an excerpt from Stumbling On Wins: Two Economists Expose the Pitfalls on the Road to Victory in Professional Sports (9780132357784) by David J. Berri and Martin B. Schmidt. Available in print and digital formats. Can sports decision-makers keep making the same mistakes for decades? Yes–and here’s the proof. In 1997, the Oakland A’s ranked toward the bottom in Major League Baseball, in both team payroll and winning percentage. Next season, Billy Beane became general manager. Spending didn’t change. Outcomes did. From 1999 to 2002, only the Yankees won more games in the American League. It’s been argued the key was Beane’s ability to recognize specific inefficiencies in baseball’s labor market. For the empirical evidence…