Podcast with Michael Lewis

by Russ Roberts on January 29, 2007

in Podcast, Sports

This week’s EconTalk is with Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, and The Blind Side. We talk about the hidden side of baseball and football, and a bunch of other stuff—the movie business, the corrupt nature of college football, the tragedy of the inner city and the seen and the unseen.

One of my favorite parts is when Lewis explains why Billy Beane (General Manager of the Oakland A’s) gave him such incredible access and shared his trade secrets that Lewis revealed in Moneyball. Lewis says that Beane didn’t think any one in baseball would read the book or take it seriously, an expectation that was basically right. But Lewis says that Wall Street people read the book (because of Liar’s Poker) and some of those people knew baseball owners and told them they needed to stop paying so much attention to their scouts and pay more attention to statistics.

Next week’s EconTalk guest is Robert Lucas talking about growth.

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Ray G January 29, 2007 at 9:51 pm

"Coach" is a must read, and it can be done within an hour. Great book to give away, especially to young men in this day of feminizing our youth. Really brings across the art of manly leadership without dragging the knuckles.

Isaac Crawford January 30, 2007 at 7:43 am

What kills me is that NCAA was actually worried that those folks had adopted him for the "wrong" reasons. If I'm the NCAA, I encourage this type of process just on humanitarian grounds. The worry that a football team might be better because of it seems to be the very definition of misplaced priorities. If students were paid, none of this silliness would ever come up…


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