NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management to Host NYU 2013 Diamond Dollars Baseball Case Competition with Baseball Guru Vince Gennaro

Two Teams from the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center, Including Winners of SABR Case Competition, to Participate

NEW YORK, October 7, 2013—Teams from both the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) will compete in the NYU 2013 Diamond Dollars Baseball Case Competition, sponsored by YarcData, on Friday, Nov. 22 at NYU's Kimmel Center.

Teams of undergraduate and graduate students, representing colleges and universities from around the country are expected at this year's Competition, which is a partnership between the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center and Vince Gennaro, who is a consultant to Major League Baseball (MLB) teams and the author of "Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball" (Potomac Books, 2007). Several days prior to the Competition, Gennaro will provide the teams with a case that reflects 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 teams then present their case recommendations to a panel of judges comprised of MLB team executives and members of the media.

There will be added drama at this year's competition. All eyes will be on the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center's undergraduate team, which won the Society for American Baseball Research's Case Competition at the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix last March.

"This year's Competition is shaping up to be the most exciting one yet," said Wayne McDonnell, clinical associate professor of Sports Management at the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center. "Our undergraduate team needs to defend its SABR Case Competition championship, while our graduate team looks formidable. Both of them will have their work cut out for them as they face the best and the brightest aspiring baseball scholars from some of the most elite schools in the country."

"The Diamond Dollars Case Competition provides an opportunity for students to apply their critical thinking skills to real issues facing a baseball general manager and to showcase those skills to MLB executives," said Gennaro.

Colleges and universities that are interested in entering a student team in the event should contact Vince Gennaro at vince@vincegennaro.com or register online at http://www.vincegennaro.com/nyucasecompetition.html. The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 25.

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 the MLB Network and teaches in the graduate sports management programs at Columbia University and Manhattanville College.

About the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management

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. For more information, visit scps.nyu.edu/tisch.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.