Rod Fort is a sports economist up at Washington State and is reputed
to be one of the best around. For those looking to do some economics
of sports, he actually has a lot of resources on his website
He's got attendance, the fan cost index, income and expenses, etc.
It's definitely a nice little resource for those interested.
Rod is also a longtime baseball fan and member of SABR, so he's not
just an economics guy. He's also a Caltech grad like me, so I'm
hoping to convince him to be interested in some hoops.
He has particularly done a ton on competitive balance, primarily in
baseball (even testifying in Congress, I believe). We have addressed
it a bit here and, frankly, I recently mentioned what MikeG did to
him with minutes played because I haven't seen it approached that
way. I haven't heard back, but, MikeG, your stuff may get put under
a microscope. Some of Rod's work on this matter may be a bit
technical, but I encourage you to take a look at what he has here: