In the past thirty years or so, there has been much research into how various sports function, how to evaluate skills and how to rank the importance of skills. Some are excellent and illuminate the advantage to be gained from adopting a strategy based on finding the right sort of talent at the right price and not being constrained by conventional thinking and suboptimal tactics; some merely set out the authors' pet evaluation methods, frequently based on incomplete data and wrong thinking. This book is firmly in the first camp. The authors explore some widespread myths associated with professional sports and try to show how little truth there is in them. There is also a long chapter which tries to find and isolate the factors which lead to 'home advantage' and arrive at some intriguing conclusions. You may not agree with them but the reasoning is never less than fascinating.
British readers are warned that most of the studies are taken from American sport (baseball, American football, ice hockey and basketball) although some of the data was taken from Association football. An in-depth knowledge of the sports is not required and the few specialist terms can be found easily (for example, the baseball term RBI helps in understanding one early chapter but you can grasp the essentials of the argument without knowing what it means).
If the authors publish another such work, I will buy it sight unseen.