Scoring with the Major Leagues

The purpose of Scoring With the Major Leagues is to discover the heart & soul of a game, to identify the teamwork and rivalries that drive the pursuit of greatness, and the rare & blessed process of becoming a dynasty. Scoring with the Major Leagues uses popular games such as basketball, baseball, football and soccer to investigate and evaluate cultural origins & shifts, individual & collective performance, subjective & objective value, and competitive strategy.

Course Units

What are the key moments in history that have shaped the game of basketball & vice versa?

Unit Guiding Questions:

  • 122: What are the key moments in history that have shaped the game of basketball and vice versa?
  • Where was it played? Who played & who watched? Which leagues formed, when & why?
  • What movements (physical, strategic, imaginative) marked each era?
  • What styles were en vogue (professionals, fans, advertising…)?
  • Who were the innovators of play and strategy? Why & how?

Unit 1, 122, asks, “What has basketball looked like over time?” 122 surveys the eras in which basketball has been played creating a context, a parquet floor if you will, on which we will play the game of value and strategy. In 122, we explore people, places, and products that have marked the experience and perception of the game for over 120 years. Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

  • What do you notice about the game, then & now?
  • To what extent did the game change us and vice versa?
  • Why does the game appear as it does?

Why do we invest so heavily in athletic entertainment? How do we determine the value of one athlete, one team, one rivalry, one franchise?

Unit 2, $153,000,000, asks “Why do we invest so heavily in athletic entertainment?” $153,000,000 examines the way our cultural values, and sense of value, is reflected by the athletic entertainment industry. More specifically, $153,000,000 dives into the power of one individual at an auspicious moment in time, and the way that “the one”, or these “ones”, impact the rest of us. Through teasers of legendary & infamous careers, we will re-discover the stories of basketball franchises, individual player & team salaries, ticket prices, arenas, philanthropic activities, and the social, political, and economic opportunities (& conflicts) that they represent. Then, we’ll determine if this is in our best interest. Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

  • How do we know that something is valuable to us? How do we measure its value?
  • Why is the infograph a unique and powerful tool for efficient & compelling communication?
  • What is the value of a professional basketball franchise to your community, and is it worth it?

  • Math: .5
  • ISS: .25