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Competitive Balance

What Sports Illustrated Didn't Tell You About Paying College Athletes

David Berri | Posted 01.11.2012 | Sports
David Berri

Sports Illustrated claims there is no way to pay athletes what research indicates they are worth. After all, college athletics doesn't generate a profit. The problem with this approach is that decision-makers in college sports don't have much of an incentive to generate profits.

How Rich People Ask for More Money

David Berri | Posted 10.24.2011 | Sports
David Berri

Imagine you are a rich person who desires more money. You could boldly ask people to give you cash, but many might suspect that you don't "need" it. So what can you do? Consider the following two tales from the world of sports and politics.

Would the NFL Be Destroyed If the Players Won?

David Berri | Posted 07.09.2011 | Sports
David Berri

The NFL owners are behaving like capitalists, in the sense that they want higher profits. They just don't want the system of competition and capitalism interfering with their pursuit of higher profits.

Parity Lives in NFL in a Year Without a Cap

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

My sense is that the much-discussed parity in the NFL today will fade into a discussion of a handful of teams well positioned for a playoff run. Parity lives, but only a little while longer.

What the Lakers and Celtics Tell Us About Labor Relations in Professional Sports

David Berri | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Berri

Here is the basic story that professional leagues have told: the outcome of sporting events must be uncertain. It certainly seems plausible. The NBA, though, seems to defy the story.