For oss NBA fantaster der ute, National Basketball Association er midt i en konflikt. Ingen kamper i oktober, ingen kamper i november og ingen seriestart før eiere og spillere har kommet til enighet.
Siden 2005 har økonomen Kevin Murphy jobbet med NBA spillerne:
«Kevin is far and away the smartest guy in the field,» Freakonomics author and Chicago colleague Steven Levitt said in a 2006 profile of Murphy. «Not only is he widely regarded as the smartest economist on Earth, but he can also fix your refrigerator.»
Murphy has analyzed the economics of health and medical research, of addictions and national drug policy and of inequality and labor markets. He was brought in to assist Microsoft during its antitrust battles with the Justice Department a decade ago. He and his former professor at UCLA, Ben Klein, worked with the NFL during the formulation of its Plan B free agency system. He teaches an advanced microeconomics class this term, is known to be a mean woodworker and is mired in his second go-round of NBA negotiations.
«A colleague of mine here, John Huizinga, was the agent for Yao Ming,» said Murphy, a sturdy, non-tweedy type of academic known for his trademark ball cap (he reportedly wore one even when he testified before Congress). «I guess Billy asked him, well, do you know any economists who would be good to help. John recommended me. I talked to Billy and started working for them in ’05.»
NBA konflikten er tøff, den er emosjonell og det er mye penger involvert. Lykke til Kevin.