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http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/burke-badenhop-on-joining-d-backs-as-baseball-ops-analyst/Despite being a former professional pitcher, Burke Badenhop belives that what separates him from other baseball operations analysts is his economics background. As an econ major, he said:"I’m used to using numbers to paint a picture. A lot of guys only know the numbers side. There are a lot of quantitative guys, and there are a lot of qualitative guys. Being able to use both is basically what Econ is."This…
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Baseball in London?

Newly elected London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, graced the United States with his presence this week and took in a New York Mets game while he was at it. After throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday, Khan spoke with Mets owner Fred Wilpon about possibly playing at London’s Olympic Stadium in the near future.  Major League Baseball has played multiple games outside of the continental US (not including Canada) over the past decade and a half, including games in…

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Betting on sports has become an increasingly controversial subject. The state of fantasy sports and gambling through these ventures has changed over the past few decades, increasingly so in the past few years. States are beginning to change their laws on this gambling, leading to questions arising from supporters and opposition alike.
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Carolina v. Denver: A Super Boom?

Now that the opponents for Super Bowl 50 are set, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, bidding for secondary market tickets have begun.  The average seat for Super Bowl tickets immediately after the teams were set was around $5335/ticket, but that has settled around $5100/ticket.  Despite the relatively small markets that the teams come from, could these teams actually be the cause of the highest secondary market price (almost $1000 higher from last year's Super Bowl).

Denver has…

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The NFL's Exemption Is No More

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-28/nfl-will-end-its-tax-exempt-status-goodell-tells-team-owners

In a very interesting move by Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the National Football League, the NFL will become a for-profit organization in the very near future.  Goodell has informed all team owners and members of Congress that the entire league will now operate as a taxable entity.  This is an enormous change for an entity which makes upwards of $10 billion in…

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http://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2015/03/baseball-statistics

In the article above, D.R. explains of the widely-held believe that Spring Training Baseball statistics mean absolutely nothing.  However, he challenges this using lesser known statistics and the fact that there are some ways, albeit somewhat misunderstood, to predict growing trends in players as well as in the sport itself.  He uses data that is seldom seen to show that there is some correlation between…

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