Rodney Fort, Professor of Economics at Washington State, has joined The Sports Economist. Professor Fort is a major contributor to the field. His books Pay Dirt and Hardball (both with James Quirk) are classics, and belong on the bookshelf of anyone interested in sports and economics, and he more recently produced a fine textbook, Sports Economics. Rod ran across the blog a few months ago and liked it enough to agree to make an occasional contribution. While his first post is below, hence this official welcome, Rod has been leaving thoughtful and fact-filled comments for a while now. We are delighted to have Professor Fort on board. Welcome!