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Football: The Economics of Sport

Football season is here and in full swing. Sports fans wait all year for this special time of the year, summer's ending, autumn's beginning and a weekend schedule similar to something like this: Friday night- high school football; Saturday- college football; Sunday- NFL.

As an economist, I find it interesting that the economics of sports (not just money) is a highly overlooked subject. When I say economics here I am specifically referring to choices because economics at its core is all about, well, choices and football is a pretty easy model to examine for several reasons: the game is limited to a specified time frame, the field stretches 100 yards, results are immediate, and whoever has the most points at the end of the time period walks away victorious.

Simple so it seems, but beyond that, factors determining the game's outcome must also be examined: coaches are motivated by their supporters, their own reputations, pride, and money; players are motivated to win by all me…

A Look Back: TSPLOST

I advocated very strongly in favor of the July 31 Transportation Referendum. It was my first time ever participating in a political campaign and what a joy it was to champion causes of taxation, infrastructure, and quality of life.

As many know, there are two words in this country that can cause a politician to lose his job and even the most peaceful of human beings to turn into chaotic rioters, "new taxes." The referendum ran contradictory to that logic, but the long-term benefits of this 1% regional sales tax was enough for many Atlantans to still vote "Yes," but unfortunately not enough to win the overall campaign.

The ugly defeat (63% voted "No") still sits in the back of my mind and with it comes many important lessons on business, government, and human behavior, as well as stories to tell my grandchildren (although stories tend to twist with each passing year, by the time I'm 60 I'm sure I'll be stating how we came from behind at the last …

_ _ _ _ography with Fries & a Coke

Last week I saw the new Hardee's Memphis BBQ Thickburger commercial for the first time. Being a man, the first feature of the commercial that caught my eyes wasn't the burger... It was the two women first grilling, then later eating the burger.

The ladies were basically naked and I felt guilty for even watching the commercial. At its core, this commercial is nothing more than soft core porn. 

I mean this as nothing against Hardee's. Being a burger fanatic, I enjoy Hardee's and I am not against the restaurant, but I am totally against nearly naked women as a means of advertising food. We're talking food here! Plus I'm no health nut so I have absolutely no place to talk about the nutritional value of the burger.

I'm also not against advertising, but I do believe it is an art that requires more creativity than simply putting naked women at a grill. Some say "sex sales," but being a young man choosing to do what's right, I choose not to agree.

The i…

Petitioning, Rejoicing, Victorying

Ever had that connecting the dot experience? That moment when the light bulb goes off inside your head? Moments ago I had that experience while reading my Bible. Thus, it is the Holy Spirit who initially turned on the bulb, connected those dots, and prompted me to write about it.
1.Psalm 20:5 (NKJV)- "We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions."
2.Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)- "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
3.Psalm 20:4 (NKJV)- "May He grant you according to your heart's desire and fulfill all your purpose."
All three verses speak of God granting requests. A petition (1) is a request made for something desired and it is addressed to an authority, power, or superior. That "authority, power, and superior," is God the Father. Banners (2) signify victory as does rejoicing…

Jazz (Insert Gospel Here: ______)

The thought of playing jazz in the church never crossed my mind until I met a dynamic pianist by the name of Kevin "KC" Conley in my freshman year of college. At that point in time, I was really just looking for a church home away from home.

I will never forget the Sunday I walked into what was then Victorious Believers World Ministries (VBM). The people were extremely friendly and welcoming, the church building itself looked like a small-mega church with a huge parking lot. But above all, the musicians in the left corner of the pulpit produced a live sound that I had never heard in a church before.

This band sounded like an R&B/Soul band, in church and in my hunger to learn more as a musician, I gravitated to the band.

I remember at times when I'd be so tuned in to their riffs and licks, that I forgot I was in church. It was more of a Mary J. Blige, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott-type of vibe in the place. Only when KC hopped on the organ did the sound actually give a c…