Speakers play ball with economics

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Baseball, basketball, and soccer fans can get a new look at their favorite sports during an upcoming lecture series at Colorado College.

“Sports have become a big business in the USA,” said Aju Fenn, CC economics professor and organizer of the series. “The economic research on sports has grown tremendously.”

Michael Leeds, professor of economics at Temple University, will present “Baseball: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in Gaylord Hall inside the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

The lecture will investigate the economic lessons that can be drawn from three of the outsized personalities that dominated the sport of baseball for much of the 20th century. Leeds will use the careers of Bill Veeck, Walter O’Malley and Charles Comiskey to illustrate the business of baseball.

David Berri, assistant professor of economics at California State University-Bakersfield, will present “Games with Numbers: Myth and Measurement in Professional Sports” at 7:30 p.m. April 14 in McHugh Commons.

Berri’s writings examine various issues in the economics of sports, including the impact of labor strikes upon consumer demand, the causes of competitive balance in professional team sports, the impact star appeal has upon home and road attendance in the NBA, and the measurement of worker productivity in professional basketball.

Stefan Szymanski, economics professor at the Imperial College in London, will present “Why Soccer is the World’s Sport and Baseball Isn’t” at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in Gaylord Hall. Szymanski is a frequent broadcaster and guest economics expert for the BBC and other news channels.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Schlessman Family Foundation and the Colorado College economics and business department. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 389-6607.