NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business to Host Diamond Dollars Baseball Analytics Case Competition

Competing Teams of Students from Area Colleges Will Prepare Analysis of a Real-Life Baseball Decision to Present to MLB Executives on November 17


NEW YORK, November 7, 2017 – The NYU School of professional Studies (NYUSPS) Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business will host the 2017 Diamond Dollars Baseball Case Competition on Friday, November 17. Undergraduate and graduate students from the School’s sports management program will compete with their peers from other colleges to prepare an analysis and presentation of a real baseball operations decision, which they will present to a panel of judges that includes executives from Major League Baseball (MLB), baseball analysts, and members of the media.

Five-person teams of students from East Coast business schools, law schools, and sports management programs will evaluate proposed player transactions, apply statistical analysis of player performance, and assess the financial impact of the team’s proposed moves—the type of real-life decision that MLB executives face over the course of a season. Participating teams include students from the NYUSPS Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business; Colby College; Fordham University; Syracuse University; St. John Fisher College; and Villanova University.

“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 Vince Gennaro, associate dean of the NYUSPS Tisch Institute, who will lead the case competition.

A consultant to MLB teams and the architect of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition series, Gennaro is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball; president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR); and a regular contributor to MLB Network’s studio shows. He also hosts Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.

The case will be distributed to student teams in advance of the presentations. On November 17, student teams will present their case recommendations to the panel of judges. The 30-minute time slots for each team will include a 20-minute presentation and a 10-minute Q&A by the judges. After the conclusion of the presentations, the judges will select a winning team.

In addition to the Case Competition, student participants have the opportunity to network with numerous MLB executives, media executives, and industry insiders. Previously, many Diamond Dollars Case Competition alumni have secured internships or full-time positions within MLB.

For more information about the conference, visit: http://vincegennaro.com/nyucase.html.

The event will take place on Friday, November 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the NYU School of Professional Studies, 7 East 12th St.

If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the event, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business

Recent innovations in global sports consumption, the use of online and social media to engage and to build a fan base, and the implementation of redesigned sports business models, have resulted in a range of issues and opportunities for individuals working in the sports industry. Successful professionals in this field now need to understand strategic business principles as they apply to different aspects of the global sports industry.

Through interdisciplinary curricula, field internships, alumni-student mentorship, applied research, individualized degree advisement, a dedicated and accomplished advisory board, and faculty members who are experts in their fields, the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business provides the pathway to help students meet their professional goals in the sports business industry.

The Tisch Institute's graduate and undergraduate programs, and Career Advancement courses provide a top-notch education and the opportunity to meet and to network with industry leaders. Its location in New York, home to more sports teams, leagues, and media outlets than any other metro area in the country, offers the perfect setting for gaining a comprehensive overview of the complexities of the business. The Institute’s renowned, highly attended professional conferences and events provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from leaders in their fields. For more information, visit sps.nyu.edu/tischinstitute.

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.