Sliderule Smackdown, Bronx Style

It looks like economist Andrew Zimbalist has taken more than a little bit of umbrage over criticism from Field of Schemes blogger Neil DeMause regarding his NYT Op-Ed supporting Yankee Stadium II. The contretemps has now shifted over to Baseball Prospectus, and Futility Infielder Jay Jaffe has entered the fray. Yeah, it’s confusing, and we haven’t even gotten to the math yet. If you’re interested in revenue-sharing-subsidy-differentials and marginal-tax-rate-analysis, then this is the debate for you. In the event that you’re not an actuary, you may find your eyes spontaneously streaming blood. Who’s right? Far be it from us to doubt the man who teaches sports economics at a girl’s school. That takes some major league cojones. But, again—and because it seems like if we don’t beat this horse, no one else will—we wonder whether this debate is missing the point, namely that we’re about to destroy a national landmark and one of our greatest and most hallowed public spaces without seriously considering the consequences and alternatives. So maybe the argument shouldn’t just be about numbers.

4 comments… add one
  • No!
    This argument has to be about the numbers!
    hahah. Just kidding, guys. I would hate it for Yankee stadium to not house the Yankees any longer.
    I really would. I promise. Cross my heart.
    PS – Anyone catch that great speech last night by our leader? It was inspiring, motivational, and concise.
    I promise.

    Brad February 2, 2006, 1:32 am
  • God, YF is starting to sound like a preservationist…
    Embrace the inevitability, YF. The Toilet will be no more.

    Robert Moses February 2, 2006, 12:15 pm
  • //In the event that you’re not an actuary, you may find your eyes spontaneously streaming blood.//

    beth February 2, 2006, 3:38 pm
  • As an actuary who reads this site every day at work, I would just like to confirm that my eyes indeed did not spontaneously stream blood.

    Jeff February 5, 2006, 10:02 am

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