More rule/market design recommendations for international football-soccer

Lynne Kiesling Like Mike the other day, I have been thinking about possibly Pareto-improving rule changes in international soccer; like Richard Epstein I have always thought about sports rules (and league organization and market structure) as interesting market design issues. Take, for example, the unintended changes in ice hockey and American football after the introduction … More More rule/market design recommendations for international football-soccer

Soccer rules as a market design problem

Michael Giberson Hadn’t actually thought of the rules of professional sports leagues as a market design issue before, but Richard Epstein’s column in Forbes proposing rule changes for soccer suggests the idea.  Epstein suggests a couple of changes, drawing on basketball and hockey for inspiration: First, he says goals scored in the run of play … More Soccer rules as a market design problem

Rejoice: another World Cup, another ball controversy

Michael Giberson The World Cup is well underway, and with it another controversy over the new ball designed by Adidas for the tournament.  The Wikipedia page on the ball documents some of the complaints, as usual most of them from goalkeepers: As with the Adidas Fevernova and Adidas Teamgeist at the two previous tournaments, the ball has … More Rejoice: another World Cup, another ball controversy

South Africa hotel price gouging study

Michael Giberson International accounting firm Grant Thornton has surveyed 2,500 hotel and other properties in South Africa and concluded that about half of the properties will not be charging a premium rate during the upcoming World Cup.  In some cities, however, a majority of properties were raising rates, sometimes significantly. (Another summary: “Fifty three percent … More South Africa hotel price gouging study

More post-season tournament design issues: MLS tiebreakers

Michael Giberson For DC United fans, the MLS season is over.  While some fans contemplate coaching and roster changes, a few of us are still scratching our heads about the MLS tiebreaker rules and the complications presented by the final weekend of play (which had five teams angling for two remaining post-season positions. See here … More More post-season tournament design issues: MLS tiebreakers