David Berri

cheerleaders

Why Sports Cheerleaders and Dancers Are Worth More Than Minimum Wage

Thanks to recent series of lawsuits, some NFL cheerleaders will now be paid the minimum wage, but that likely still doesn't reflect the full value they provide to a sports franchise.
David Berri
6.8.16
ping pong balls

Why NBA Teams Get Stuck on the Draft Lottery Treadmill

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, but can they escape return trips? League history and player evaluation mistakes suggest it won't be easy.
David Berri
5.18.16
wnba

How The WNBA Compares To Other Sports Leagues At Age 20

As the WNBA tips off its 20th season, its attendance lags established male leagues—but not if you consider where those leagues were two decades into their existence.
David Berri
5.13.16
march madness

UConn's Dominance Isn't Bad For Women's College Basketball

Dan Shaughnessy's contention that UConn's historical dominance is bad for women's basketball reflects a longstanding argument that sports need competitive balance in order to thrive. Historical evidence says otherwise.
David Berri
3.29.16
nba

To Keep Kevin Durant from Joining the Golden State Warriors, Eliminate NBA Max Salaries

An upcoming salary cap spike may threaten the NBA's competitive balance. One elegant solution? Get rid of the cap on individual player salaries, and force teams to make hard spending decisions.
David Berri
3.18.16
Super Bowl 50

The Numbers That Predict Super Bowl 50, And The Ones That Don't

The Denver Broncos-Carolina Panthers matchup is awash in stats, but do any of the numbers have predictive value?
David Berri
2.7.16
nba

The Minnesota Timberwolves Are Still Waiting On Andrew Wiggins

Minnesota shooting guard and former No. 1 NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins figures to improve on his currently below-average production, but will he become a superstar or the next DeMar Derozan?
David Berri
1.7.16
nba

The Charlotte Hornets Improved by Deciding Not to Suck So Much

Michael Jordan's Charlotte Hornets are on pace for their best-ever season, and the reason may astound you.
David Berri
1.1.16
Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: The End of the Reserve Clause

Players like David Price and Zack Greinke have Peter Seitz, and his monumental ruling against baseball's owners in 1975, to thank for their recent record-setting contracts.
David Berri
12.24.15
nba

Derrick Rose Is Stinking Up the Bulls

A Rose by any other name may still smell as sweet, but by every other metric the Chicago Bulls point guard is dragging down his team this season.
David Berri
12.24.15
college basketball

LSU Isn't Great, And That Makes Ben Simmons Even Better Than You Think

Ben Simmons is the best player in college basketball, but LSU may miss the NCAA Tournament. Does that mean Simmons isn't as good as he looks? Hardly.
David Berri
12.18.15
philadelphia

How Jerry Colangelo Can Save the Sixers from Themselves

When the Philadelphia 76ers hired Jerry Colangelo, they signaled that Sam Hinkie's "process" might be coming to an end. That might spell relief for the franchise's long-suffering fans.
David Berri
12.10.15
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