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Sports Business Management Students Selected to Attend SABR Analytics Conference
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 09:37

SBM logo 210 copyA group of Manhattanville College Sport Business Management students has been selected to compete at the inaugural Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Analytics Conference on March 15-17, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Never before has there been a case competition solely focused on classic baseball operations issues — a platform for the students to differentiate themselves from the thousands who aspire to become baseball executives.

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Graduate students from Business schools and Sports Management programs across the country will compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a real baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team's GM and his staff are faced with over the course of a season. Teams will be asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem (e.g. proposed player transactions), apply statistical analysis of player performance and assess the financial impact of the team's proposed moves. They will have the opportunity to present their analysis and recommendations to a group of current Major League Baseball front office executives.

The Manhattanville participants — CJ Hangen, Matt Adams, Matt Healy, Anthony Durante and Sean Hopper — are in the Sport Business Management program at the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and have taken the sports analytics class with SABR President, and Manhattanville adjunct professor, Vince Gennaro.

The students have received a portion of funding from the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

"Being selected to compete against the best in the country is a testament to the quality of our program and a wonderful opportunity for our students," said Anthony Davidson, Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. "I am proud to help sponsor our team in keeping with Manhattanville's commitment to our community, irrespective of financial status."

The 2012 Case Competition will consist of graduate or undergraduate student teams from the following colleges and universities: Manhattanville College, New York University, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of California-Berkeley, Elon University, University of Portland, University of South Carolina, and Siena College.

The Sport Business Management Program is a 36-credit Master of Science degree program. It provides individuals with the necessary knowledge and business skills to assume a leadership role in sports management. The course work provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sport management intended to provide a thorough foundation in sport and business while allowing flexibility for students to explore a wide variety of opportunities within the field.

SABR is a nonprofit membership association whose purpose is to help people do baseball research, provide a place to share baseball research and to preserve baseball research information.

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