Equal parts Freakonomics, Moneyball, and “Mythbusters”, SCORECASTING inexorably changes our sports perspective.  Gathering statistics is easy. Making sense of them is hard. Until now.

In “SCORECASTING: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won”, Prof. Moskowitz teams with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim for his first New York Times Bestseller, exploring the hidden forces that shape how football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer games are played, won, and lost.  With a combination of first-rate analysis and first-rate storytelling, Moskowitz and Wertheim not only mine the relevant data but also go beyond the numbers to explore the human biases and behavior that affect nearly every pitch, pass, and penalty.  In the process, they challenge and overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, delivering readers from the sports clichés and misstatements that have dominated for decades.

Does defense truly win championships? Is there really such a thing as momentum in sports? Does icing the kicker work? Are the Chicago Cubs cursed? Are officials biased?  Can you really quantify the subjective aspects of sports, like officiating?

They challenge the prevailing wisdom that we accept as articles of faith. Test the unconventional strategies. Reveal the hidden influences. And introduce readers to omnipresent game-changers like “hindsight bias”, “loss aversion”, “omission bias”, “ref bias” and our deepest desires to conform to the group.

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

Authors: Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim

Publisher: Crown Archetype

Format: Hardcover/Paperback

288 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0-307-59179-1

What people are saying about SCORECASTING...

"Scorecasting is both scholarly and entertaining, a rare double. It gets beyond the cliched narratives and tried-but-not-necessarily-true assumptions to reveal significant and fascinating truths about sports."
-Bob Costas, NBC Sports commentator


"The closest thing to Freakonomics I've seen since the original. A rare combination of terrific storytelling and unconventional thinking. I love this book."
-Steven D. Levitt, author of Freakonomics and Professor of Economics, University of Chicago


"I love this book. If I told you why, the NBA would fine me again. What is most disappointing, if this book had been written years ago I could have just handed it to the NBA rather than getting fined all those times!"
-Mark Cuban, owner, Dallas Mavericks


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