Topic: Economics

March 28, 2014

Mike Trout has been baseball's most valuable player over the last two years, and has been paid just a fraction of what he's worth. He could change that, and a lot of other things about how baseball works, if he wanted to.

November 11, 2013

A father, a son and the old ways of building a new stadium for a team that mostly doesn't need one.

October 25, 2013

Yes, it's frustrating when NBA players insist on acting like reasonable people and sign the richest possible deals as free agents, context be damned. But there is a time and place for taking a discount. These particular examples are not at all examples of that, but still.

May 28, 2013

Towson University's decision to cut some lower-profile sports was handled with a nasty and drearily familiar high-handedness. But there are a number of assumptions and value judgments underlying this decision that have significance far beyond Towson. Can unprofitable sports survive in a college sports scene that's increasingly about profits?

September 10, 2012

Arsenal hasn't made a big impact in the English Premier League in some time, but it is one of the most financially responsible and intelligently run teams in big-time sports. Which is nice, but can the Gunners keep going like this and hope to win big, again?

September 6, 2012

The University of Oregon is hardly the only school to have churned out "system quarterbacks" without NFL futures. But while the Ducks have benefitted extravagantly, in ways that only begin with wins, from the work of Dennis Dixon, Jeremiah Masoli and Darron Thomas, it's hard not to wonder what benefit Oregon's system quarterbacks have gotten from their experience in Eugene.

November 7, 2011

This week in soccer, the clubs give way to the national teams. For some followers of the game — the special, enlightened, deeply attractive ones — it is a time of intrigue, with World Cup qualifiers taking place across the globe, and the final slots in the European Championships being filled. For others, it is anything but; to them, this is the first day of the Interlull.