Personal Bio

I am a professor of economics at Southern Utah University who has spent the last two decades researching sports and economics. I am the lead author of The Wages of Wins(Stanford Press, 2006) and Stumbling on Wins (Financial Times Press, 2010). In addition, I am the sole author of Sports Economics (Macmillan Publishers, 2018). I have been part of more than 60 academic papers published on the subject of sports economics; work that covers a wide variety of topics including the evaluation of players and coaches, competitive balance, the drafting of players, labor disputes, the NCAA, and gender issues in sports. In the past, I have written on the subject of sports economics for a number of popular media outlets, including the New York Times, the,, the Huffington Post, Vice Sports, and Forbes. In addition to writing more than 200 articles for the popular press, I have been quoted in a wide variety of places including most major newspapers (like the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, etc...), as well as on the radio (NPR, Bloomberg, etc...) and television.  I have been a past president of the North American Association of Sports Economists, serve on the editorial board of both the Journal of Sports Economics and the International Journal of Sport Finance, have served as a referee for a wide variety of academic journals, been retained as an expert witness in a variety of legal cases, and also been hired as a public speaker.  


My teaching career began in the fall of 1992 (when I was a 6-year-old graduate student!)* and since that time I have taught 18 different classes in economics.  This list includes Sports Economics, Gender Economics, U.S. Economic History, History of Economic Thought, Econometrics, Political Economy, Economics of Religion, Labor Economics, Industrial Organization, International Trade, and standard classes in both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. I have taught classes at Colorado State, Northern Colorado, Coe College, and California State University-Bakersfield.  I have been at SUU since the fall of 2008. 

* - I wasn't really 6 years old in graduate school.  I was closer to 8 (but a bit sensitive about my age so I lied at the time!)