View Full Version : An Amusement for Sports Economists

11-16-2007, 08:19 PM
ESPN the Magazine charts "Who's Next" (the next big thing in sports) on an interesting "next-o-meter" here:

NEXT - HOME (http://www.espn.go.com/mag/)

Notice that the indifference curves for "the talk" and "the walk" are concave to the origin, implying that "the talk" and "the walk" are substitutes rather than compliments, with increasing marginal rate of substitution. So, one could be "all talk" and still be rated as "on fire". :hmm:

I thought about sending them a pedantic email about this, but decided just to enjoy it for it a laugh.

Golden Rule
11-17-2007, 05:50 PM
Actually, I think that's a fair description of what ESPN Magazine's methodology, and why it's fairly mediocre in terms of picking "The Next big thing." Look at the list over time (http://www.amiannoying.com/(S(d1sr4f454g4yfr45uifdbjaz))/collection.aspx?collection=7509). Sure there are some hits, like Lebron, Kobe, and arguably AROD (I guess he's the next big thing in terms of regular season performance and money-making ability) But there are some big misses -- Kordell Stewart was clearly over-hyped.