Michael Giberson The New York Times Magazine has a feature article on the Ajax soccer development program – they recruit players as young as 7 years old and train them to 19 years if the player is good enough to be kept with the program. Like the development programs of other soccer teams, Ajax begun … More The Ajax soccer talent factory
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
Michael Giberson Ticket scalping, like price gouging, is a usually pro-social market activity that is stuck with a pejorative name. At Swifter, Higher, sportswriter Kyle Whelliston writes about his experience picking up a cheap ticket into the first hockey game of the Vancouver Olympics. It wasn’t as easy as he hoped, but at a cost … More Tickets into the olympics
Michael Giberson …must be about zero after he used the words “soccer ball” when clearly he meant “football.” See this video from South Africa ( highlighting the introduction of the new Adidas ball for World Cup 2010) at the 3:36 mark. Too much time in the States?
Michael Giberson Paul Walker at Anti-Dismal sees the economic content in the recent Wall Street Journal article on football, helmets, and head injuries. Here’s a piece of the story: Why do football players wear helmets in the first place? And more important, could the helmets be part of the problem? “Some people have advocated for … More Football helmets and head injuries
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
Michael Giberson The NCAA post-season basketball tournament is seeded such that better teams are paired against weaker teams in the first round. In fact, the highest seeded team is paired against the weakest team, the second highest seeded team against the next weakest team, and so on. If the better seeded teams win each game, … More Post-season tournament design: Seeding issues