Articles in this issue:

  • Jill Harris
    David J. Berri

    The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) utilizes a version of the reverse-order draft lottery similar to the NBA. While previous research has examined factors impacting the draft picks and subsequent professional performance in the NBA,1 we do not believe this subject has been explored for the WNBA. In fact, little has been published on this league. This particular study will build upon the work of Berri and Krautmann (2013), which presented a model of player performance for the WNBA. This work will be paired with the approach to the NBA draft introduced by Berri, Brook, and...Read more

  • Richard C.K. Burdekin
    Matthew Grindon Morton

    Fighting in hockey is often a polarizing topic. Whereas some fans clearly relish the more violent side of the National Hockey League (NHL), others condemn the sport for its unique leniency on the issue. What frequently goes overlooked, however, is the strategy behind the fighting. Managers recognize the need to protect their most skilled players from the violence so engrained in hockey culture and utilize “enforcers” to police the game and protect their star players. These enforcers use fighting to intimidate opponents and deter them from hitting the team’s stars (either legally or...Read more

  • Patrick Rishe
    Jason Reese
    and Brett Boyle

    There is considerable literature regarding the primary sports pricing market (Fort, 2004; Coates & Humphreys, 2007; Krautmann & Berri, 2007) that argues that ticketing professionals engage in inelastic ticket pricing, and that such behavior is not counter to a profit-maximizing objective because it enables organizations to optimize other non-ticket sources of revenue. Additionally, there is long-standing evidence from the marketing literature (Scitovsky, 1945; Monroe & Krishnan, 1985; Tsao, Pitt, & Caruana, 2005) of a strong correlation between the price of a product and...Read more

  • Brian P. Soebbing
    Patrick Tutka
    and Chad S. Seifried

    Sport has been found to be a good empirical setting to examine organizational (Day, Gordon, & Fink, 2012) and labor market (Kahn, 2000) phenomena. One of the most common topics using sport as an empirical setting examines succession of head coaches. Specifically, such research examines the determinants (e.g., d’Addona & Kind, 2014; Frick, Barros, Prinz, 2010; Holmes, 2011) and consequences of head coach succession (e.g., Allen, & Chadwick, 2012; Soebbing & Washington, 2011). These topics formed an active area of sports research over the past five decades since Grusky’s (...Read more