The Pitch Counts The Best And Worst Hitters Swing On

All hitters approach the plate differently depending on where they sit in the count. But great hitters and poor hitters differ in how often they swing in certain situations. Using TAv as a measurement, Baseball Prospectus took a look at how swing rates differ between the best hitters and worst hitters based on where… » 7/22/14 4:17pm Tuesday 4:17pm

What's Karl Marx Doing In These Arguments Against College Athlete Pay?

Bob Bowlsby is a man with a very influential job. He is the commissioner of the Big 12 conference, one of the so-called power conferences that helps set policy for major college football. He also harbors a belief that is most commonly associated with pre-20th-century economics, and has really only endured as a… » 7/22/14 4:10pm Tuesday 4:10pm

Is Jamaica In A Sprinting Recession?

Even before the advent of Usain Bolt, Jamaican men owned the sprinting world. Since 2006, in the 100 meters, they've had no less than six of the top 10 times of the year, peaking at nine of the top 10 when Bolt set his first world record in 2008. But in 2014, Jamaica's best athletes are missing, and there is no… » 7/22/14 1:17pm Tuesday 1:17pm

Introducing The Three-Point Line Benefited Big Men Most

After the NBA introduced the three-point line in 1979, it would have been be intuitive to assume that guards, who shot a disproportionate amount of the new and more efficient three-point shots, benefitted most from it. But a new study from the Journal of Sports Economics claims that after the three-pointer was… » 7/21/14 1:40pm 7/21/14 1:40pm

The Cavs Are The First Team In Over 25 Years To Have Four No. 1 Picks

With the addition of LeBron James, and assuming that no one is traded from now until the first game (which is obviously not a certainty), the Cleveland Cavaliers will become the first NBA team in more than 25 years to have four number one draft picks playing on the same team. » 7/11/14 6:24pm 7/11/14 6:24pm

What If A Baseball Player Were As Dominant As LeBron?

I'd like to pretend that I'm above paying attention to the LeBron James circus, but like everyone else, I spent a lot of today just sitting around waiting on some revelatory Adrian Wojnarowski tweet, so that a question like What if someone was just as dominant as LeBron James, but he played baseball?! has a whole lot… » 7/10/14 10:17pm 7/10/14 10:17pm

LeBron Would Be Nuts To Stay In Miami, Because Dwyane Wade Is Dead

In the commotion surrounding the immediate real estate plans of LeBron James and, to a lesser extent, a supporting cosmos of NBA stars, it has gone politely unsaid that one of the summer production's principals is—and in fact has been—dead. Dwyane Wade is no longer a great or even very good NBA player, and every… » 7/10/14 4:44pm 7/10/14 4:44pm