My fun spring break read this year was a book on analytics in sports entitled “Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won.”

Written in tandem by a University of Chicago economics professor and a sports journalist, Scorecasting's format looks suspiciously like award-winning bestsellers “Freakonomics” and “SuperFreakonomics.” If you're a sports fan and like the statistical sleuthing of Steven Levitt, this book's for you.

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