NEW YORK, November 27, 2012 – The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) is partnering with Vince Gennaro, consultant to MLB teams and author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, to offer the case competition for undergraduate and graduate students from area colleges and universities that was rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy. The NYU-SCPS Tisch Center will host the one-day event on December 7 and also will enter a student team in the competition.
The Diamond Dollars Baseball Case Competition is based on a case developed by Gennaro and will reflect the types of complex decisions faced by MLB general managers, such as a free agent signing, a key roster move, or a trade decision. The judging panel for the event will include Ben Baumer, former statistical analyst for the New York Mets; Michael Fishman, director of Quantitative Analysis for the New York Yankees; and Chris Marinak, vice president, League Economics and Strategy for Major League Baseball.
Five student teams will be participating from the following schools:
- NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, Undergraduate
- NYU Stern School of Business, MBA
- NYU Stern School of Business, Undergraduate
- Fordham School of Law
- Fordham Gabelli School of Business, Undergraduate
"The NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management is proud to be working with Vince Gennaro on such an innovative initiative–one that will serve as an opportunity to showcase exceptional work by an elite group of aspiring baseball scholars," said Wayne McDonnell, clinical associate professor of Sports Management at the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center and NYU’s “Business of Baseball” professor.
"I successfully launched the Case Competition at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Analytics Conference last March. Students viewed it as an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, their business acumen, and their level of passion for the game, to big-league executives. Teams viewed it as a scouting expedition for future analytical talent," explained Gennaro.
Following the award presentation and a debriefing session with the judges, Professor McDonnell will conduct a one-on-one interview with Vince Gennaro, covering topics such as Gennaro’s current research and work with baseball teams, updates from the MLB Winter Meetings, and tips on how students can get a job in baseball.
The Diamond Dollars Case Competition will take place on December 7, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life and is open to the public. To RSVP, please visit http://bit.ly/diamonddollarsRSVP.
About the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS)
Founded in 1995, the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. In 1999, the Tisch Center identified the increasing interest and need for sports business education and added programs on accordingly.
Hospitality, sports, and tourism are major global economic sectors and the Tisch Center serves these growing and evolving industries by offering relevant, cutting-edge curricula that attracts bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields. Through undergraduate degrees in hotel and tourism management and in sports management, graduate degrees and certificates in hospitality industry studies, sports business, and tourism management, a plethora of noncredit programs, and the Center’s world-renowned conferences, the Tisch Center provides students with the tools to enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, tourism, and sports. At the Tisch Center, the City is its laboratory, the industry is its faculty, and its students are the future of the profession.
For more information, visit scps.nyu.edu/tisch.
About Vince Gennaro
Vince Gennaro is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, a consultant to MLB teams and the president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)—a 6,000 member non-profit organization that is dedicated to deepening the public's understanding and appreciation of baseball. He also appears regularly on MLB Network and teaches in the graduate sports management programs at Columbia University and Manhattanville College.
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