Economics of the Cyborg Athlete?

One of the fundamental decisions facing managers in classical economics is whether to allocate scarce production resources to acquire capital (K) or labour (L) in order to achieve a desired end result. Given the cyborgian nature of professional athletes, however, the question for professional sports franchises becomes not either/or, but the ratio in which to simultaneously acquire both.

Briefly, I would argue that baseball has the highest K/L ratio of the four major North American professional team sports. This is due to the extremely bounded spatial rationalization of the baseball diamond, as well as the overwhelming preponderance of statistics and statistical analysis found in the sport.

At the other end of this informal spectrum, I would suggest, lies basketball. While it is also spatially rationalized to a degree, one is less constrained on the basketball court than on the baseball diamond, which leads to a more free-flowing game with increased creative requirements. I would further argue that basketball as a fundamental form of black cultural expression introduces more artistic creativity than other sports, which provides a counter to the automating effects of modernization.


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