Rodney Paul, Ph.D.

Professor

Departments & Academic Units



Contact Info

810 Nottingham Road
Syracuse, NY 13224
Phone: (315) 443-8165
Email: rpaul01@syr.edu


Courses Taught

  • SPM 664  Financial Management of Sport Facilities & Events
  • SPM 315  Sport Finance


Areas of Specialization

Economics and finance of sports, specific research in: attendance modeling; modeling of sports television ratings; market efficiency and sports wagering markets; prediction market in sports; impact of violence in sports


Biography

Rodney J. Paul is a Sports Economist and Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Sport Management at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

His research has appeared on Buffalo Sabres Gamenight and Forbes.com, in CFO Magazine, and in various newspaper and radio outlets, including interviews on National Public Radio focused on the NFL labor situation, the Los Angeles Dodgers© financial difficulties, and the TV rights to the Olympic Games. He has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally, and his work has been published in The Journal of Sports Economics, International Journal of Sport Finance, Applied Economics, Atlantic Economic Journal, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economics and Finance, and others. He has also authored numerous book chapters on sport economics and business.

Rodney serves as the faculty advisor to the Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club at Syracuse University. The research work of the club involving the effect of atmospheric conditions on pitchers in Major League Baseball was presented in the poster session of the 2014 MIT/Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and was the focus of the Numbers column in ESPN the Magazine in the July 7, 2014 issue.

Topics addressed in his research include:

  • Market Efficiency
  • Behavioral Biases in Sports Wagering Markets
  • Empirically Modeling Game Attendance
  • Empirically Modeling Television Ratings
  • Uncertainty of Outcome Hypothesis
  • Competitive Balance
  • Prediction Markets in Sports
  • Voting Models of College Sports Polls


Education 

  • Ph.D., M.A., Applied Economics, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

  • B.S., Mathematics, B.A., Economics, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA



Select Forthcoming Publications

  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Determinants of Dynamic Pricing Premiums in Major League Baseball" -Sport Marketing Quarterly
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Fireworks Saturation and Attendance in Minor League Baseball" - International Journal of Sport Finance
  • Paul, Rodney J., Humphreys, Brad, and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Bettor Biases and the "Home-Underdog" Bias in the NFL" - International Journal of Sport Finance
  • Humphreys, Brad, Paul, Rodney J., and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Understanding Price Movements in Point Spread Betting Markets: Evidence from NCAA Basketball" - Eastern Economic Journal .
  • Paul, Rodney J., Humphreys, Brad, Weinbach, Andrew P. "Bettor Belief in the “Hot Hand”: Evidence from Detailed Betting Data on the NFL" - Journal of Sports Economics
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Wilson, Mark. "Political Correctness, Selection Bias, and the NCAA Basketball Tournament" - Journal of Sports Economics
  • Humphreys, Brad, Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Consumption Benefits and Gambling: Evidence From the NCAA Basketball Betting Market" - Journal of Economic Psychology.


Recent Publications

  • Paul, Rodney J., Weinbach, Andrew P., and Robbins, Daniel. "American Hockey League Attendance: A Study of Fan Preferences for Fighting, Team Performance, and Promotions" International Journal of Sport Finance, 7(2), 21-38. (2013).
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Uncertainty of Outcome and Television Ratings for the NHL and MLS." Journal of Prediction Markets, 7(1), 53-65. (2013).
  • Paul, Rodney J., and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Baseball: A Poor Substitute for Football – More Evidence of Sports Gambling as Consumption." Journal of Sports Economics, 14(2), 115-132. (2013).
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Wagering Preferences of NFL Bettors: Determinants of Betting Volume" Journal of Prediction Markets, 6(1), 42-55. (2013).
  • Paul, Rodney J., Wachsman, Yoav, and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Measuring and Forecasting Fan Interest in NFL Football Games." Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, 6(3), 34-46. (2012)
  • Paul, Rodney J., Humphreys, Brad R., and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Uncertainty of Outcome and Attendance in College Football: Evidence from Four Conferences." The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 23(2), 69-82. (2012).
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Sportsbook Pricing and the Behavioral Biases of Bettors in the NHL." Journal of Economics and Finance, 36(1), 123-135. (2012).
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Response to Comment on Investigating Allegations of Pointshaving in NCAA Basketball using Actual Sportsbook Percentages." Journal of Sports Economics, 13, 211-217. (2012).
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. "Determinants of Attendance in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League." Atlantic Economic Journal, 39(3), 303-311. (2011).


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