Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

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In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral financial expert Tobias Moskowitz teams up with seasoned Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn a few of the most cherished truisms of sports, and expose the concealed forces that form how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey video games are played, won and lost.Drawing from Moskowitz's original research study, as well as researches from fellow financial experts such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors take a look at: the impact home-field benefit carries the results of video games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising reality about the generally accepted axiom that defense wins champions; the subtle predispositions that umpires exhibition in calling balls and strikes in vital situations; the unexpected repercussions of referees'tendencies in every sport to" swallow the whistle,"and more.Among the understandings that Scorecasting exposes: Why Tiger Woods is vulnerable to the very same

mistake in high-pressure putting situations that you
  • and I are Why professional groups routinely misestimate draft picks The misconception of momentum or the"hot hand "in sports, and why so many fans, coaches, and broadcasters busily register for it Why
  • NFL coaches rarely go for an initially down on fourth-down situations-- even when their unwillingness to do so decreases their opportunities of
  • winning.In an interesting story that takes us from the putting eco-friendlies of Augusta to the grid iron of a little parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever alter how you see the game, whatever your favorite sport might be.From the Hardbound edition.
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