NYU-SCPS Tisch Center Undergraduate Students Win Diamond Dollars Case Competition at SABR Analytics Conference


PHOENIX, AZ, March 8, 2013 – A team of students from the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management of the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) placed first in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition – presented by YarcData – at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Analytics Conference on Friday. The four-person team won the undergraduate school division of the competition on the strength of its quantitative analysis and projections of the type of contract that a young, upcoming star player should receive today.

The team members, all students in the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center’s B.S. in Sports Management program, are: Hunter Gilbertson of Lake Forest, Illinois; Raef Cogan of Beverly Hills, California; Michael Rappaport of Woodside, New York; and James Goldstein of Oak Park, California.

The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition of its kind focused on baseball analytics. In two competitions – one for graduate and professional schools and another for undergraduates – students from across the country prepare presentations and analyses of the types of operational issues that a team’s general manager and staff confront over the course of a season.

“We are extremely proud of our NYU-SCPS Tisch Center students for exemplifying their skills and knowledge,” said Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr., clinical associate professor of sports management at the NYU-SCPS Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management. “The SABR Analytics Conference is just one of the many extraordinary opportunities in which our students are involved that teach them the business of baseball.”

The NYU-SCPS Tisch Center team competed against undergraduate teams from Cornell University, St. John Fisher College, and two teams from Tufts University. Each team was given the opportunity to present their analysis and recommendations to a group of judges which included Major League Baseball front office executives.

“Our students really took advantage of this incredible opportunity at SABR to demonstrate their savvy analytic talents to MLB professionals and baseball industry insiders,” said McDonnell. “It’s also a great way for these students to differentiate themselves from the thousands who aspire to become baseball executives.”

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