Sport Mangement

Sport Analytics students present research at national competition

The Syracuse University Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club sent two teams to the SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition at NYU on November 16, 2018.

The competition is for undergraduate students from universities across the country to compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision. Presentations were made to a panel of judges consisting of Major League Baseball executives. Teams were given seven days to collect data, make projections, and prepare a 30-minute presentation for the competition in New York City.

This year, the teams were asked to predict the free agent contract in years and dollars for Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Manny Machado of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harper and Machado are expected to receive two of the largest free-agent deals in Major League Baseball history during the 2018-19 offseason. Students also had to predict which team the players would sign with and their future statistics for the life of the contract.

“This was an interesting case to work on because within a few months we can compare our predictions against the players’ actual contracts, and later on, against their actual statistics,” said Sport Analytics major Zak Koeppel ’21. “Overall, it was a fantastic research experience for all students involved and we learned a lot.”

Along with Koeppel, nine SU Sport Analytics majors competed at the event: Zach Crowe ’22, Steven DiMaria ’22, Gareth Jobling ’20, Kyle Liotta ’20, Drake Mills ’22, Colby Olson ’21, Daniel Preciado ’22, Joey Sabel ’21, and Warren Schatten ’22.

“While neither team won, it was truly a unique opportunity to present our student-led research to Major League Baseball executives,” Liotta said. “That’s not something undergraduate students get to do very often.”

The Sport Analytics students competed against teams from Fordham, Tufts, and NYU, among others. Judges included Cameron Barwick (MLB), Chris Pang (New York Mets), and Greg Bouris (MLB Players Association). The judges picked a winning presentation at the conclusion of the competition and offered suggestions on how the presentations could be improved.

“Having our students continually be able to present research at national competitions is vital to their education and expands upon what we teach them in the classroom,” said Dr. Rodney Paul, director of the Sport Analytics program at SU.

SPM hosts former minor leaguers, Yankees scout for Business of Baseball event

Steve Bean, Nick Sinay and Marc DelPiano address an audienceOn November 7, 2018, the Department of Sport Management hosted a panel discussion titled “The Business of Baseball” in Falk College at Syracuse University. Students heard from former Minor League Baseball players Steve Bean and Nick Sinay as well as Marc DelPiano, a current scout for the New York Yankees who also played two seasons of minor league baseball.

The panelists discussed opportunities in professional baseball operations, scouting, front office administration, and analytics. They also provided insight on how players progress through the minor league system, from signing a contract to agent relations, nutrition, and endorsement opportunities.

Sport Management assistant teaching professor Dave Meluni organized the event and moderated the discussion.

“It was a tremendous opportunity for our students to hear from these professionals who are knowledgeable in all aspects of the game, from a player perspective and from the business side,” said Meluni, who teaches sales, sponsorship and promotion, and managing the sport organization at Syracuse University.

Bean was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Rockwall High School in Rockwall, Texas. He played more than 300 games for five teams in the minor leagues.

DelPiano is a scout for the New York Yankees. He previously served as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008-2015. He then became the Vice President of Player Development for the Miami Marlins through September 2017.

Sinay, a Marcellus (NY) High School graduate, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of Buffalo. He played more than 175 games with three teams in the minor leagues.

DelPiano told the students, “You don’t have to be a former player to make a career in the baseball world, as determination and drive will keep you in the game as long as you want.”

Falk College expands graduate merit scholarships beginning Summer 2019

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Graduate merit scholarships have been expanded for prospective students interested in matriculating into master’s degrees, either full- or part-time, offered in Falk College effective Summer 2019 (includes MAYmester Summer Session I, Summer Session II, Combined Summer Session). Incentives include no application fee, GRE waiver where applicable, and a 25 percent tuition discount incentive, which is applied after any other scholarships, scholarship credits, assistantships and remitted tuition credits are applied.

Eligible matriculated students include:

  • All Syracuse University alumni applying to master’s degree programs in Falk College (see list below), including members of the Class of 2019;
  • Children of current full-time Syracuse University employees (notarized supplemental forms required);
  • Any Advanced Standing MSW-enrolled student from any accredited BSW/BSSW program throughout the nation, and;
  • Current Falk master’s program students who are Syracuse University alumni; children of current full-time Syracuse University employees are also eligible.

Falk graduate programs include:

  • Food Studies, M.S.
  • Global Health, M.S.
  • Human Development & Family Science, M.A., M.S.
  • Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A.
  • Nutrition Science, M.A., M.S.
  • Public Health, M.S.
  • Social Work, Advanced Standing Program, M.S.W.
  • Social Work, M.S.W.
  • Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy Dual Degree, M.A./M.S.W.
  • Sport Venue & Event Management, M.S.

Interested students should contact Falk Admissions, submit their application by February 15, and must formally matriculate. For more information, please contact the Falk College Office of Admissions at 315.443.5555 or email falk@syr.edu. Award is subject to change.

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Brigid Daly ’19 receives Michigan Sports Business Conference’s BIG Initiative Award

Brigid Daly PortraitSport Management senior Brigid Daly ’19 was recently named a 2018 BIG Initiative Award Winner by the Michigan Sports Business Conference, an honor presented to 10 high-achieving sport management students in the Unites States and Canada. BIG stands for “Build, Inspire, Grow.”

Daly attended the prestigious conference on Oct. 19 in Ann Arbor, Mich. She heard from featured guest speakers and industry professionals such as Jeff Wilpon, Chief Operating Officer for the New York Mets; DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association; and Estee Portnoy, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Live Nation.

“The panelists provided a lot of insight into where the sport industry is headed, and I am definitely more interested in eSports and analytics after hearing from the speakers,” said Daly, who is from Ellicott City, MD.

Launched in 2013, the BIG Initiative annually recognizes outstanding student leaders in sport business who have achieved an exceptional level of success. Each year, the MSBC attracts top applicants from across the nation. Those receiving the honor are selected on the basis of demonstrated entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and leadership. Nominees must be students with a passion for the sport industry that demonstrate a truly remarkable curriculum vitae.

“I was able to network with a lot of the speakers, Michigan sport management students and other BIG Initiative award winners,” Daly said. “I was incredibly impressed by the other students at the conference and the connections I made with fellow students were most valuable.”

Daly completed her senior capstone in Fall 2018 at Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment in New York City. She previously interned with the NFL, Inside Lacrosse and participated in a job-shadowing program with the Washington Wizards.

Advocating for inclusive facilities access

Students examine a ramp
During the training, students used measuring tapes, door pressure gauges, and inclinometers to examine spaces and access.
To prepare students in Falk College’s Venue Management course to advocate for inclusive facilities access as future sport venue and events professionals, assistant professor of sport management, Jamie Kim, incorporated “Inclusive U” training into her syllabus this fall.

Twelve students took the 10-hour online training program offered by the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center, supported by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC). As part of the training, students used measurement tapes, door pressure gauge, and inclinometers to examine spaces, access, and equipment. After completion of the training to learn about accessibility and inclusive buildings, students are now Certified Inclusivity Assessors able to conduct inclusivity assessments.

“Inclusive access to public buildings is a civil right for people with disabilities, which should be better promoted and has a lot of room to improve,” says Kim. “It is critical for students, as future venue managers, to acknowledge the importance of and understand the standards for inclusive access. I believe this project will help students be more aware of the issues and become advocates for inclusive access.”

Students in the class found the certification process extremely helpful. “I was met with a new sense of profound awareness about making public recreation areas and buildings accessible for all people of all ages no matter what circumstances they might have,” says Sam Marteka. Student Jack Lerner adds, “you don’t really think about all the different aspects of inclusion until you complete the inclusivity audit, but now when I enter a building or facility, inclusion is always on my mind.”

Sport management student says vibrant Orange spirit brought him to Syracuse

Alec Bieber and Keith Hernandez at a at Citi Field event
Alec Bieber ’18 is pictured left with Keith Hernandez at Citigold event at Citi Field.

“Whether grabbing pizza at Varsity on Marshall Street, studying in Bird Library or sitting in class, everywhere you look you see others wearing orange, the color of their beloved University. This is why I love ’Cuse.” says Alec Bieber ’19. “It’s an amazing place to be.”

Alec is from Scarsdale, New York, located just North of New York City. Following his mother’s lead, a Syracuse alumna of the Class of 1988, Alec grew up visiting campus to cheer on the Orange in the Carrier Dome every winter.

But Alec didn’t start his college career at Syracuse. After spending his freshman year at another university, undecided about his major, the undeniable school spirit at Syracuse University captured his attention. “Not being at SU my freshman year simply felt wrong,” he says. “I visited campus and knew right away that Syracuse was the place I needed to spend my next three years of college. Just walking around, with every other student wearing Syracuse orange, made me realize how proud people are of the University.”

It was at Syracuse that Alec, an avid sports fan, discovered the sport management major at Syracuse University’s Falk College. “I could find no better major for me to combine my passion of sports and my ultimate career goals and aspirations.” He was accepted into the program and transferred to Syracuse University in 2016.

Now, two years later, Alec is completing his senior capstone in New York City, where he has been working for Lagardère Sports & Entertainment since May as a Strategic Consulting Intern for Lagardère Plus, gaining real-world experience. And this is the third internship he’s had at while at Syracuse, previously at Morgan Stanley and then at MLB Advanced Media in the E-Commerce department, which fixed his career choice in sport management.

Even when he’s far from campus, Alec feels supported by sport management faculty and staff, including internship placement coordinator Francesco Riverso. “The advisors are all easy to contact, talk to and are always looking out for their students. From day one, Francesco has helped me find internships and get involved,” he says. In Falk College, every major has dedicated internship coordinators to connect students to opportunities regionally and internationally. “Whether it is emailing about postings, checking over cover letters or resumes, or just giving advice for phone or video interviews, the advising staff has been phenomenal.”

Alec is minoring in public communications studies in Newhouse. So, it’s no surprise that his two favorite courses “by far” have both been with professor of practice, Dennis Deninger, an Emmy-award winning television production executive with 25 years of experience at ESPN. “Learning about the history and evolution of sport communications in the world is extremely interesting. Professor Deninger is profoundly knowledgeable about the sport media landscape and is enthusiastic about his work. He has, without a doubt, had a large impact on my college education and career desires.”

“This is why I wanted to be in the sport management program,” he adds. “The professors’ professional backgrounds align with my goals and their in- and out-of-class help and knowledge are always incredibly insightful.”

Similarly, Alec has been inspired and mentored by the alumni connections at SU, particularly alumnus Brandon Steiner, chairman of the Sport Management Advisory Board and CEO of Steiner Sports. “I’ve known Brandon for number of years, and as I have matured and began my career, he has always stood as a source of inspiration and guidance,” he says.

In his career, Alec hopes to head his own sport talent agency or sport media company.

Sport management to host professional development event for alumni, students

SPM Alumni pose in front of Falk College logoOn November 9, the Falk College Department of Sport Management will host its second annual SPM 205 2.0 – SPM Alumni in #SportsBiz [Now We’re the Pros] professional development and networking event for alumni and current students in sport management, sport analytics, and sport venue and event management.

Director and chair of the Department of Sport Management, Michael Veley, along with Sport Management Internship Placement Coordinator Nicole I. Cost, will host a welcome luncheon for alumni at 12 p.m. in Falk College Room 335.

At 1 p.m. in Grant Auditorium, Sport Management advisory board member Michael Duda, co-founder and managing partner of Bullish Inc., will deliver the keynote address. Bullish Inc. is a marketing ​and consumer investment-driven investment company. Duda has spent 25 years in the world of Madison Avenue, including 13 at Deutsch Inc. as partner and chief corporate strategy officer.

The event will continue with breakout alumni panel sessions with students from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by a networking hour. Alumni are invited to cheer on the Orange in the Carrier Dome and register for the 5:30 p.m. Syracuse University Alumni Association football tailgate vs. Louisville.

For information about accommodations and parking, to purchase football tickets, or to register for the SPM Alumni in #SportsBiz event by October 13, visit the event webpage.

Falk announces Graduate Merit Scholarships for Syracuse University students

Syracuse University Students at CommencementFalk College is pleased to announce the Falk College Merit Award Scholarship for current Syracuse University students interested in applying for a Falk College master’s degree.

Incentives include no application fee, GRE waiver where applicable, and a 25% tuition discount incentive, which is applied after any other scholarships, scholarship credits, assistantships, and remitted tuition credits are applied.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a current Syracuse University student in good standing with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher applying for part-time or full-time study in one of the following degree programs:

Interested students must contact Falk Admissions and submit their application by February 15. Successful applicants will be officially admitted by the academic department and must formally matriculate for a 2019-2020 term.

“Falk College graduate degree programs allow undergraduates of all majors to tailor and enhance their career opportunities,” says Falk College director of admissions, Felicia Otero. “For example, bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology pair especially well with a master’s degree in social work (MSW), marriage and family therapy (MFT), or the SWK-MFT dual program, as well as human development and family science, public health, and global health.

“Undergraduates studying business, management, advertising, and public relations can apply their skills directly to our sport venue and event management master’s program. Students with skills in these disciplines might also apply to public health, global health, and food studies master’s programs, alongside students with bachelor’s degrees in communication & rhetorical studies, English, advertising, and education,” Otero continues. “Undergraduates in biology and chemistry programs often pursue graduate study in nutrition science, as well as public health and global health programs at Falk.”

“Falk graduate degrees lead to a variety of careers and end-credentials,” says Deborah Golia, assistant director of admissions at Falk College. “You’ll find Falk alumni working as counselors, therapists, social workers, community advocates, community educators, public health specialists, nonprofit program directors, managers, nutritionists, dietitians, sustainability program educators, and in limitless other roles.”

“Falk College graduate degrees also lead to research professions and continued study in doctoral programs,” she adds.

Falk Admissions will host a Graduate Information Session on Friday, November 2 in Falk Complex, White Hall, Room 335 at 4:00 p.m. In addition to review of Falk graduate programs, interested students can learn more about Falk Graduate Scholarships. For more information, please contact the Falk College Office of Admissions at 315.443.5555 or email falk@syr.edu.

Explore Falk Graduate Programs at November 2 Info Session

Campus pictureSyracuse University’s Falk College will host a Graduate Information Session on Friday, November 2 in Falk Complex, White Hall, Room 335 across from the Falk College Admissions Suite. Faculty, staff, and current students will welcome potential graduate students interested in helping professions in counseling, therapy, public policy, and advocacy; health professions such as public health, epidemiology, nutrition, and wellness; as well as careers in sport and sporting events management. The two-hour event will start at 4 p.m. and will include a brief overview presentation, a question and answer session, and time to meet with faculty and students. Light refreshments will be served.

Detailed information will be provided on graduate programs in human development and family science (MA, MS, PhD), food studies (MS), global health (MS), public health (MS), marriage and family therapy (MA, PhD), social work (MSW) as well as the dual degree program (MA/MSW) in marriage and family therapy and social work, nutrition science (MA, MS), and sport venue and event management (MS).

Details on Falk College Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) programs in addiction studies, child therapy, dietetic internship, global health, food studies, and trauma-informed practice will also be provided.

Admissions staff will be available at the information session to meet with students and provide information on academic programs, housing, and scholarships, including the new Falk College Scholarship Merit Award program for high achieving Syracuse University undergraduate students applying to a Falk College master’s degree program in 2019.

For more information about this event, and to register for it, contact Falk College Admissions at 315.443.5555, email falk@syr.edu, or visit the event webpage on the Falk College website.

Sport analytics students present research at European Sports Economics Association Conference

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Students Justin Perline and CB Garrett pose in stadiumStudents Justin Perline ’19 and Charles “CB” Garrett ’19 in Falk College’s sport analytics program attended the European Sports Economics Association (ESEA) Conference in Liverpool, England, from August 29-31, 2018. ESEA is the premier sports economics conference held annually in Europe where sports economists present on a variety of theoretical and empirical models related to the economics of sports.

Their paper, “Minor League Team Success and Its Impact on MLB Player Performance,” with sport management professor Rodney Paul as a co-author, is an academic treatment of the research by Perline and Garrett that was featured in Baseball America, a top website in the world of baseball.

Their research investigates positive externalities from minor league team success as it relates to marginal revenue product of a baseball player, measured by WAR (Wins Above Replacement). The results illustrate that winning has a positive impact on individual performance later in a player’s career and has economic implications for baseball teams and for the workplace in general.

Perline is a dual major in sport analytics and in newspaper and online journalism. Garrett is a dual major in sport analytics and broadcast and digital journalism.

“It was a great experience to get exposure for our research in front of international industry professionals,” Garrett said. “The other presentations helped enhance our knowledge of the field and will be put to use in our upcoming thesis. Also, it was awesome to explore England. We want to thank Mr. Berlin for his donation to help pay for the trip.” Earlier this year, a $1 million gift was made by Syracuse University Trustee and alumnus, Andrew T. Berlin ’83, partner owner of the world champion Chicago Cubs and its minor league affiliate, the South Bend Cubs, to benefit student-focused initiatives in Falk College’s sport analytics program.

Paul also presented “The Role of Uncertainty of Outcome and Team Success on Attendance Outside the NHL: Comparing the top Leagues in Europe to the Minor Leagues in North America” at the ESEA conference.

“As undergraduate students, the acceptance of the paper for the ESEA conference is especially impressive,” Paul said. “Justin and CB gained valuable experience presenting to a premier audience of researchers in sports economics. They did an excellent job and received terrific feedback on their project. We are thankful for the Berlin gift, which made this possible for our students.”