Archive for the ‘Sports economics’ Category

Lance Armstrong and the Business of Doping   Leave a comment

ap_lancearmstrong_webimage-c6dda44fa3de77fde1ceace1025a651fd9438ca5-s1600-c85.jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/04/27/475929464/episode-417-lance-armstrong-and-the-business-of-doping

Summary: Back in the 2000’s, Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service Cycling team were going all out to win the Tour de France.  After the doping scandal was uncovered, the business behind the team was discovered.  Planet Money discusses how professional cycling was dominated by doping, and how it was set up like a business.

Original Air Date: April 27, 2016

Length: 18 minutes 25 seconds

The Longest Long Shot   Leave a comment

leicesterLink: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/leicester-city/

Summary: What if the odds of finding Elvis Presley alive were 5000 to 1? You could have had those same odds if you bet on Leicester City to win the most watched soccer league.  Freakonomics discusses the near-impossible story of how this little club pulled off the biggest upset in an environment that rewards those who spend.

Original Air Date: May 25, 2016

Length: 45 minutes 15 seconds

Discussion Question: What behavior is being encouraged by the structure of the English league? Compare it with an American league.  How is competition affected?

Peanuts and Cracker Jack   Leave a comment

untitled 3.pngLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/05/06/477082513/episode-700-peanuts-and-cracker-jack

Summary: Planet Money attends a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park to learn the economics behind the vendors. They discuss why a vendor doesn’t want to sell ice cold water on a cold October night up in the bleachers.

Original Air Date: May 6, 2016

Length: 21 minutes 31 seconds

 

Is Hosting the Super Bowl Worth It?   Leave a comment

image of the official super bowl logoLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/02/03/146363292/the-friday-podcast-is-hosting-the-super-bowl-worth-it

Categories: Economic impact analysis, Government, sports economics, urban economics

Summary: A consideration of the costs and benefits to the city of Indianapolis for building a stadium to attract the Super Bowl.

Original Air Date: February 3, 2012

Length 19:15