Everton Football Club in Liverpool, England, and The Oakland Athletics from Oakland, California, play in different sports some 8,000 apart yet share a special talent for besting wealthier opposition. Oakland is the original Moneyball team; Everton is England's Moneyball story. These modern-day Davids can teach us a lot about playing sports and overcoming Goliaths such as Big Money. More
The English Premier League (EPL) is the richest, and, arguably, the most competitive, soccer league in the world. It is dominated by a handful of wealthy teams that have used their financial clout to win most of the league’s trophies. Yet an EPL club outside of this elite group has become known for its ability to beat the “money teams” and consistently achieve a ranking in the top half of the league. The team is Everton Football Club (EFC), in the city of Liverpool, England. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in Oakland, California,USA, professional baseball team The Oakland Athletics also has a reputation for beating the odds by defeating much wealthier opposition. The ebook Last of the David Teams explores the reasons why these two “David” teams are able to outplay the Goliaths in their respective sports. The book draws a comparison with the iconic underdog story, Moneyball, told by Michael Lewis in his book and movie of the same name. Last of the David Teams resonates beyond the sports arena at a time when one of society's most controversial Goliaths, Big Money, is attracting much attention.