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After a mistake, people may try to correct the error with an intentional wrong judgment, this time in favor of the previously wronged party. Ed Zurga/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images

Two wrongs trying to make a right – makeup calls are common for MLB umpires, financial analysts and probably you

Erroneous calls increase the chances of subsequent calls in favor of the person who was harmed. What drives this behavior, and do people even recognize they’re doing it?
Barber called Scully, pictured in a broadcast booth prior to a Brooklyn Dodgers game, ‘the son I never had.’ Sporting News via Getty Images

How Vin Scully scored his Dodgers gig at 22 years old

Legendary broadcaster Red Barber took a chance on Scully when he asked him to be an announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Three years later, Scully was the voice of the World Series.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte argues with home plate umpire Doug Eddings during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Hotter temperatures increase violent behaviour in Major League Baseball

High temperatures make baseball players and coaches more irritable, and are associated with an increase in violence.
Players voted to accept Major League Baseball’s offer on a new labor deal, paving the way to end the 99-day lockout and salvage the season. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement fails to address players’ biggest grievances

A sports economist explains how the deal leaves players with a fundamentally different – and in many ways, worse – arrangement than their counterparts in the other major US sports leagues.
While the league has taken steps to make baseball more welcoming for LGBTQ employees and fans, no active player has come out. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

How much longer will Major League Baseball stay in the closet?

Among the more than 20,000 men who have played major league baseball, not one has publicly come out of the closet while still in uniform.
Queer women in sports is often hidden from history. ‘A Secret Love’ helps illuminate missing pieces. Here, Terry Donahue, fifth from the left in the front row, in the Peoria Redwings team photo in 1947, the same year she met her long-time lover, Pat Henschel. (Netflix)

Revealing the long but hidden history of queer women in sport

The Netflix documentary A Secret Love tells the remarkable story of a decades-long relationship between two gay athletes and opens up a conversation about racism, classism and homophobia in the 50s.
The 2020 World Series featured two teams at opposite ends of the salary spectrum: the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. The richer Dodgers were the winners. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Pandemic Moneyball: How COVID-19 has affected baseball odds

Twenty years ago, a few small-market Major League Baseball teams used advanced analytics as a secret weapon to compete with large-market teams. But the Moneyball effect is gone now.
Super League plans have fans screaming into the void, like soccer star Lionel Messi here. Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

The ups and downs of European soccer are part of its culture – moving to a US-style ‘closed’ Super League would destroy that

More competitive games between top soccer clubs is desirable but creating a ‘closed’ system would harm a soccer culture built on dreams, says the man who predicted the Super League two decades ago.
A New York Mets employee places cutouts of fans in the seats before the team’s first game of the year on July 24. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The business of sports resumes amid COVID-19, but at what cost?

Sports is typically a reflection of society, not an exception to it. COVID-19 seems to have turned the model of professional sport inside out.

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