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Ranking the GMs at Forbes

2007 March 7
by Skip Sauer

Stephen Ross of the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State refers you to the following ranking of General Managers in sports, done by the boys at Forbes.com. Here’s the top ten:

Rank General
Manager
Years
as GM

(all teams)
Winning
Improvement

(Indexed to 100)
Payroll
Containment

(Indexed to 100)
League Current Team
1 Kevin McHale 11 235 81 NBA Minnesota Timberwolves
2 Jay Feaster 3 222 71 NHL Tampa Bay Lightning
3 Billy King 8 215 89 NBA Philadelphia 76ers
4 A.J. Smith 4 209 106 NFL San Diego Chargers
5 Lou Lamoriello 18 202 75 NHL New Jersey Devils
6 Don Waddell 6 195 88 NHL Atlanta Thrashers
7 Marty Hurney 5 191 91 NFL Carolina Panthers
8 Jerry Angelo 6 186 93 NFL Chicago Bears
9 Bill Polian 19 176 101 NFL Indianapolis Colts
10 John Paxson 3 179 76 NBA Chicago Bulls

The factors used are winning improvement and cost containment. McHale took over a team that was losing at an 80% clip, so regression to the mean is one element that the factors don’t account for very well.

In an email to me Steve asked “what do you economists think of these measures?” Use the comments to let him know!

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