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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,537 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. Jon Wertheim, Tobias Moskowitz Narrator: Zach McLart Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won, and lost.

Drawing from Moskowitz’s original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as New York Times bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships;  the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees’ tendencies in every sport to “swallow the whistle”; and more.

Among the insights that Scorecasting reveals are:

• Why Tiger Woods is prone to the same mistake in high-pressure putting situations that you and I are

• Why professional teams routinely overvalue draft pick

• The myth of momentum or the “hot hand” in sports, and why so many fans, coaches, and broadcasters fervently subscribe to it

• Why NFL coaches rarely go for a first down on fourth-down situations—even when their reluctance to do so reduces their chances of winning

In an engaging narrative that takes us from the putting greens of Augusta to the grid iron of a small parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever change how you view the game, whatever your favorite sport might be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The closest thing to Freakonomics I’ve seen since the original. A rare combination of terrific storytelling and unconventional thinking.”

    Steven D. Levitt, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Freakonomics

  • 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 sportscaster

  • Freakonomics meets Moneyball.

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Like Moneyball and Soccernomics before it, Scorecasting crunches the numbers to challenge notions that have been codified into conventional sports wisdom.”


  • Scorecasting will change the way you watch sports, but don’t start reading it during a game; you’re liable to get lost in it and miss the action. I’m not giving anything away because you’ll want to read exactly how they arrived at their conclusions.”

    NJ Star Ledger

  • “With their lively minds and prose, Moskowitz and Wertheim will change the way you think about and watch sports. Not just for stats nerds, Scorecasting enlightens and entertains.”

    Jeremy Schaap, ESPN reporter, author of Cinderella Man

  • “A must read for all couch analysts.”

    Richard Thaler, professor of behavioral science and economics, author of Nudge

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Davehbo | 2/18/2014

    " Very mildly interesting. Excerpts in Sports Illustrated were the best parts. Didn't even finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim | 2/12/2014

    " Outstanding. Persuasive and entertaining. It prompts a great deal of thought and will provoke debate among passionate fans. Two slight quarrels: the selection of variables used to test the author's hypotheses is often not well enough supported and the conclusions drawn from such narrowly selected data ought not be as grand as presented. ...and the authors are much less familiar with hockey than with the other major sports. In the material on home field (ice/court) advantage, no mention was made of significant line matching and substitution timing advantages a hockey team has playing at home. However, the insights created by the research presented were utterly fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Neha Pareek | 2/10/2014

    " A little heavy on the numbers and stats at times, but overall, a very interesting read. If you like sports, and you enjoyed "Freakonomics," you'd probably like it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy Vogel | 2/9/2014

    " If you are into sports a lot and math/economics a little bit, you'll enjoy this book. It occasionally went on a little bit too long in the name of thoroughness, but the insights were worthy, and the conclusions novel. Determining where home field advantage comes from and figuring out why the Cubs keep losing were two of my favorite sections. "

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About the Author

Tobias Moskowitz is the Fama Family Chaired Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago. He is the winner of the 2007 Fischer Black Prize, which honors the top finance scholar in the world under the age of forty.