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SPM Professor Dr. Rodney Paul and SPM Sabermetrics Club Featured in ESPN the Magazine
Baseball is full of cutting-edge stats that try to predict pitcher performance. But one centuries-old gauge is just as telling: the barometer.
ESPN The Magazine recently featured the research of Dr. Rodney Paul, Falk College Professor of Sport Management, and the SU Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club. In the article, reporter Peter Keating talks about Paul’s research and the fascinating discovery that the physics of air density doesn’t just affect the speed of pitching but also pitch selection. The research showed that pitchers alter their pitch selection based upon air density (altitude, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure), with pitchers throwing more breaking pitches when air density is low and fewer breaking pitches when air density is high. Furthermore, when comparing pitcher performance to expectations (based on betting market odds), pitchers that threw a high percentage of breaking pitches outperformed expectations on low air density days and pitchers who primarily throw fastballs outperformed expectations on high air density days.
Keating suggests that the results of the SPM club’s research may affect how teams play in the future based on weather and altitude.
Rick Burton appointed University Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA
Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, was appointed as the University Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA effective July 1. The Faculty Athletics Representative reports to Chancellor Syverud and is an institutional liaison to Syracuse Athletics as well as a representative of the University in conference and NCAA matters. Key issues this position has focused on in the past include overall student-athlete welfare, compliance with new and ongoing NCAA legislation, and generally advocating for the best interests of the University and its constituencies. Prior to his appointment at Syracuse in 2009, Rick served as Commissioner of the Australia-based National Basketball League, and as the chief marketing officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics.
SPM Students Embark on European Olympic Odyssey
Students in the Department of Sport Management, led by instructor Pat Ryan, are traveling across Europe this May as part of the SPM Olympic Odyssey trip. Transforming the traditional classroom across geographies, time zones and cultures, this hands-on European exploration of the Olympic movement investigates the history of the ancient and modern Olympic Games and their influence on modern sport through in-depth study of Olympics sites. The group will visit London, Paris, Lausanne, Olympia and Athens.
Falk College honors two Sport Management faculty for excellence in teaching and research
Sport Management professor of practice Dennis Deninger and Sport Management professor Rodney Paul are among those named 2014 Falk College Faculty of the Year. The honorees, who are nominated by their peers for outstanding performance and contributions to students, the Falk College, Syracuse University and beyond, were recognized during the Falk College’s Convocation for the Class of 2014 on May 10.
Dennis Deninger, Professor of Practice, Sport Management
Excellence in Teaching
Professor Deninger is described as having a genuine passion for teaching and mentoring students. His courses draw from 25+ years as an industry practitioner at ESPN television. Professor Deninger, a three-time Emmy Award winner at ESPN, recently wrote and produced his second documentary, “Changing Sports, Changing Lives,” which premiered on campus in April 2014 and focused on disability and sports.
In addition to service in the Falk College Department of Sport Management and Syracuse University, he has served as a national judge for the annual College Sports Media Awards. Dennis also completed teaching and administrative responsibilities in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he was the founding director of the Sports Communications graduate program.
He has written and published a book, Sports on Television: The How and Why Behind What You See, which is being translated into Chinese.
Dr. Rodney Paul, Professor, Sport Management
Excellence in Research
Most recently, Dr. Paul received the 2014 Award for Extraordinary Accomplishments in Research by the Academy of Economics and Finance, the organization that selected him as the Research Fellow in Economics in 2013.
As a sports economist, he brings a strong financial and analytical business background into the classroom, which is immeasurable in the sport management field of study. In the past year, his research has focused on attendance variables and predictability among different minor league baseball leagues; betting and wagering in college football; ticket pricing variables affecting Major League Baseball; fan satisfaction levels in the National Football League; and attendance predictability in minor league professional hockey, among other contemporary topics.
Dr. Paul serves as the faculty sponsor for honors theses, independent studies, research projects and sport practicums, and advises the Baseball Statistics Club.
SPM Club Honored with Philanthropy Award
Dan Gorman ’15, 2013-14 president of the Sport Management Club, and Hannah Visnosky, ’16, vice president of community service, recently accepted the Student Organization Philanthropy Award at the 2014 “44 Stars of Excellence Gala.” The group was honored for philanthropy work raising and contributing funds for nationally recognized or local charities and agencies. The SPM Club held its 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction in December, raising $30,500 for Food Bank of Central New York.
“Changing Sports, Changing Lives” Documentary Now Available
Falk College tradition of sports research documentaries continues with new film focused on athletes with disabilities
Students enrolled in SPM 300—The History of Sport spent the 2013-14 academic year focusing their research efforts on sports that have been adapted to transform and enrich the lives of athletes with physical disabilities. In the fall semester, students worked as a research team, each one taking a specific assignment that became their final projects. In the spring semester, these projects have provided the collected body of research to produce a documentary film entitled Changing Sports, Changing Lives.
SPM students explore sports industry during LA Spring Break Immersion Trip
Syracuse University Falk College Sport Management majors recently spent their spring break in Los Angeles meeting with over 50 executives from businesses and teams from throughout the area including AEG, NASCAR Entertainment, The Rose Bowl, The LA Coliseum, The Dodgers, Mandalay Sports, FOX Sports, ESPN, Santa Anita Park, the Sports Museum of Los Angeles and more. The SU in LA Immersion Program, now in its fourth year, offers students educational and professional networking opportunities that connect them directly with sport executives and practitioners at sites of significance in the industry.
SPM Club raises over $30,000 at 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction to benefit Food Bank of Central New York
Congratulations and thank you to the Sport Management (SPM) Club at Syracuse University, which announced it raised $30,500 for Food Bank of Central New York at its 9th Annual Charity Sports Auction in December. “As a result of months of hard work on behalf of over 75 Syracuse University students, 79,300 meals were provided to those families in need in our community,” said Kate Veley, SPM club co-advisor. “We simply couldn’t be more proud of our students, or more thankful of the Central New York community who once again recognized a need and worked together to help us make a difference.”
A check presentation took place during the SU men’s basketball game on February 19 at the Carrier Dome. Picture above L-R: Alyssa Wood, ’13 auction co-chair; Kathleen Stress, Food Bank of Central New York, Executive Vice President; Carly Raimo, ’13 auction co-chair; Kate Veley, SPM Club co-advisor.
SPM Research Featured at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
Rodney Paul, professor of sport management, and SPM students Matt Filippi, Greg Ackerman, and Zack Albright co-authored a research paper that will be presented at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Feb. 28-Mar. 1 in Boston. Their research paper, “The Effects of Atmospheric Conditions on Pitchers,” studied the impact of air density on pitch selection and pitcher performance. It was one of sixteen papers selected (8 for presentation and 8 for posters) from more than 300 submissions worldwide. Matt Filippi, president of the Baseball Statistics Club, will represent the group at the conference.
ESPNU to Broadcast ‘America’s First Sport’ March 29th
ESPNU will air “America’s First Sport,” a documentary about the history, legacy and future of the game of lacrosse. The program airs at 11:00 am on ESPNU (Cable 370, Fios 73/573, DTV 208, Dish 141). The documentary was produced by Falk College professor, Dennis Deninger, working with students in SPM 300—The History of Sport, which debuted in Fall 2012.
The first sporting event ever observed by Europeans in North America was a lacrosse game in 1637. Jesuit missionaries from France saw hundreds of native men playing a ball game with sticks that they thought resembled a bishop’s crosier, so they called the game “lacrosse.”
That makes lacrosse the oldest sport in America, and in the 21st century it is also the fastest growing. This rapid growth in participation, domestically and globally, presents the sport with a new set of opportunities and several challenges.
Students in The History of Sport class at Syracuse University’s Department of Sport Management researched the history, current status and future prospects of lacrosse during the 2012-13 academic year. This film is a product of their research which was led by Sport Management faculty.
America’s First Sport was made possible by funding from members of the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics Advisory Board and other generous donors.
We thank you, and enjoy America’s First Sport.
SBJ column by Rick Burton highlights new IOC leadership, implications for North American sports
A column authored by David B. Falk Professor of Sport Management, Rick Burton, appears in the February 10 edition of Sport Business Journal. Highlighting the new International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, who is presiding over his inaugural games, the column offers perspectives on what his presidency means for sports in North America.
Video by Time Warner Cable News (CNY/NNY/S) - 1/30/2014
SPM faculty explore business, cultural implications of Super Bowl
SPM 199—The Super Bowl and Society offers a semester-long exploration of how one championship football game has become an economic and social phenomenon with international audiences, a huge business impact, and cultural implications. The course is taught by Dennis Deninger, sport management professor of practice whose experience includes three Emmy Awards as a production executive at ESPN for 25+ years. The class is rich in historical perspective on the Super Bowl’s creation and growth, citing original research and highlights of recently conducted exclusive interviews with broadcast executives, including those from Super Bowl I.
The Sunday Feb. 2 edition of NY Times Magazine featured the perspectives of two sport management faculty members in the cover story, “Our New National Pastime.” To read the full article including commentary from Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, and Rodney Paul, professor of sport management, click here.
Prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, Professor Paul was interviewed by NBC Sports for a story on fan betting, drawing parallels between prop bets and fantasy sports. View here.
SPM Senior, Steve Kozar, Puts Social Media, Management Skills to Work at Super Bowl XLVIII
During the Fall 2013 semester, sport management major/marketing studies minor, Steve Kozar, completed his 12-credit Sport Management Senior Capstone working for the NY/NJ Host Super Bowl Company Marketing Department for Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. He was selected for a prestigious internship with the Super Bowl Host Company Executive Department earlier in the summer. From project management of multiple fan experiences in the "Join the Huddle Tour," to numerous detail-oriented logistics for Super Bowl Boulevard, including contests and sweepstakes, Steve put his classroom skills and leadership experience as a member of the Sport Management Club to work. Through his impressive, hands-on work in multiple facets of the organization's operations, including ticketing, marketing, community relations and educational outreach, Steve was asked to remain with the organization through Super Bowl XLVIII.
Jaime Grillo named internship placement coordinator
Jaime Grillo started as an internship placement coordinator in Sport Management in December 2013. Previously, she worked as an academic counselor at Syracuse University in The College of Arts and Sciences. As an academic counselor she worked with a diverse population, ranging from students who are on academic probation to students who are pursuing Pre-Law and Pre-Health professions. Prior to working at Syracuse University, Jaime served as interim head softball coach at Colgate University for 2011-2012. From 2007-2011, she implemented a Retention Program and served as a retention counselor for On Point for College, Inc., a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to enhance access to Higher Education for low-income, inner city youth in Syracuse, and provide them the necessary support to succeed. Jaime is a former softball student-athlete and an alumni of Syracuse University, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2004 and Master of Arts in Student Affairs Counseling in 2007. Jaime’s office is located at 810 Nottingham Road (Drumlins Complex). She can be reached at x-5670 and via e-mail at email@example.com.
ESPN interviews Chad McEvoy re: sports/events facilities
Chad McEvoy, professor of sport management, was interviewed recently by ESPN radio on the many considerations explored when sports/events facility renovations and construction. Listen to the interview by clicking on the image above.
Dr. McEvoy currently serves as graduate program director in the Department of Sport Management. His primary research focus is in revenue generation in intercollegiate and professional sport. He is currently working on numerous research projects related to ticket sales strategies, ticket pricing in sports, and factors affecting sport event attendance, among other topics. He is co-author of two textbooks in the sport management discipline, Financial Management in the Sport Industry, and Research Methods and Design in Sport Management, and his research has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, New York Daily News, and USA Today. In June 2008, he served as a panelist before the prestigious Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in a discussion on the effectiveness of NCAA penalties for rules violations. With an international portfolio of publications and presentations, he is currently editor of Case Studies in Sport Management, having served previously as co-editor of the Journal of Issues and Intercollegiate Athletics.
Blending Passions for Playing, Studying Sports: Meet Sport Management Professor, Rodney Paul
Sports have “been a lifelong passion,” says professor of sport management, Rodney Paul, who joined the Falk College faculty in 2011. “I just was lucky enough to be able to apply it to my Ph.D. in economics in a unique way.” A mathematics and economics double major at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, Paul received his Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University in 2000. Today, sports topics dominate the publications listed in Dr. Paul's CV, including research areas such as:
- TV ratings for Monday Night Football
- Forecasting fan interest in National Football League games
- Effects of fireworks promotions on minor league baseball attendance
- Impact of atmospheric conditions on baseball’s total market.
Paul’s article on Monday Night Football TV ratings recently has been listed as a top-10 cited article in The Journal of Economics and Business. “The Uncertainty of Outcome and Scoring Effects on Nielsen Ratings for Monday Night Football,” co-authored with Andrew Weinbach of Coastal Carolina University, was published in 2007. The paper found that the uncertainty of the outcome, quality of the teams, and expected high scoring had predicted high audiences. The standard economist rankings done by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis rank Paul among the top one-third in citations for economists.
His research focuses on two main areas. He uses sports betting market data to test the efficient markets theory, and he develops models for attendance and TV ratings. His classes focus on sport finance and research methodology. Modeling of attendance and TV ratings is important for both revenue and understanding how leagues and teams schedule games, he says. And his influence is felt on a new generation of sport managers. One of his students recently had the findings of an independent study project published in the Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics.
Brianna Butler named ACC Basketball Player of the Week, espnW’s National Player of the Week
Sophomore sport management major, Brianna Butler, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Weekfollowing an MVP performance at the Paradise Jam while leading the Orange to three straight wins and the Reef Division title. She was additionally honored as espnW’s National Player of the Week.
Video by CNY Central News published on YouTube
Veley presents keynote address on economic, social and cultural impact of sports
Michael Veley, director and chair of the Department of Sport Management, and the Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, presented a keynote address at the first-ever Syracuse Sports Summit Nov. 21. Sponsored by the Syracuse Sports Corporation (SSC), the event presented an opportunity to discuss ways to improve sporting events and tourism in the central New York area. His keynote address was titled, “Economic, Social & Cultural Impact of Sports.” Veley is a member of the Board of Directors for the Syracuse Sports Corporation, one of the first sports commissions established in the United States.
Join us in supporting SPM student initiatives!
The SPM Advisory Board is sponsoring an online auction to benefit SPM initiatives for undergraduate and graduate students. Proceeds raised will directly benefit undergraduate and graduate student initiatives for the Department of Sport Management in the Falk College, including (but not limited to): need-based financial assistance in support of research; scholarship; community service and civic engagement; travel to academic presentations; experiential learning opportunities; educational trips to network and learn from industry practitioners and a special needs fund to offset student emergencies.
Visit http://auction.steinersports.com and then in the top left corner click on “Syracuse University Sport Management” and our page and items will appear.
Falk grad students travel to Philadelphia to explore sport facilities management
Graduate students in the Falk College’s Sport Venue and Event Management M.S. program traveled to Philadelphia Nov. 7-9 for a three-day field trip that included visits with various executives from the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB), Philadelphia Eagles (NFL), Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), Front Row Marketing and Aramark, a global leader in facilities and food services. A highlight of the field trip included attendance at a Philadelphia 76ers NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The group is pictured here with SU’s own Michael Carter-Williams, recently-drafted point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers. The trip was part of Falk Professor Rick Burton’s graduate sport facilities management class and the group was accompanied by Dr. Chad McEvoy, the director of the sport venue and event management master's program. The students were exposed to various aspects of managing major stadia for three types of professional sports teams.
Video by WSYR News Channel 9 - SU Students Camp Out
A lesson in social responsibility
SPM students collecting personal care items to benefit Rescue Mission
On October 10, 37 students enrolled in SPM 101—Personal and Social Responsibility— slept in cardboard boxes overnight on the SU Quad to raise awareness about homelessness. As part of these efforts, they were collecting personal care items to benefit men using the Rescue Mission shelter in the Syracuse community, including razors, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks and underwear.
Boxes for the event were donated by Syracuse Moving and Storage and Dunk and Bright.
Falk College’s MOOC, “The Subject is Sports”, Explored Historical, Business Perspectives of Sport
With the popularity and pervasiveness of sport at an all-time high, Syracuse University Open Learning (SUOL) created a new massive open online course, or MOOC, entitled, “The Subject is Sports.” Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management, was in the virtual classroom sharing his practical and academic experience in sports marketing, management, and media. “The Subject is Sports” began Oct. 14, and continued for six consecutive weeks.
Whether a person wanted to connect with other people who are passionate about sports, stay up-to-date with the ever-changing landscape in the sport industry, be introduced to scholarship, or simply learn more about potential careers in the field, the public was invited to immerse themselves in fascinating subject matter. Professor Burton teaches in the Falk College’s Department of Sport Management, which offers undergraduate and graduate professional degrees in sport management.
Students also a chance to interact directly with Professor Rick Burton through a live Q & A event on October 30. During the event students were able to ask questions and discuss current issues in sport management with each other.
Burton was the CMO of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and former commissioner of the Australian Basketball League.
Michael D. Veley appointed Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management
Michael D. Veley, M.P.S., Director and Chair of the Department of Sport Management, was named the inaugural Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management at Syracuse University’s Falk College. His strategic vision has played an instrumental role in the development and growth of the Falk College’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in sport management while elevating its Department of Sport Management to national prominence.
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