SU sport analytics well represented at national economics conference

Nick Riccardi is presenting a power point at the A.E.F. Conference in Tampa, Florida
Nick Riccardi
Sport Analytics major Nick Riccardi ’20 presented his research at the Academy of Economics and Finance (AEF) Conference in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 7-8, 2019. He placed first in the undergraduate student research competition for his paper titled “Canadian Hockey Leagues Game-to-Game Performance.”

“This conference gave me great experience on presenting and writing a research paper,” Riccardi said. “It was beneficial to compete against other undergraduates who are studying similar topics so I could see how I stacked up against them. Also, having to answer questions on my research after the presentation helped me learn how to critically think on the fly.”

Also, Sport Analytics senior Cody Barbuto presented his research on “GINI Coefficients in the NBA” and Sport Analytics associate professor Dr. Shane Sanders presented his research titled “Around the World: Rating Professional Basketball Player and League-Quality by Estimating Player Win-Value Changes across Leagues” at the conference. Syracuse University Sport Analytics professor Dr. Rodney Paul served as a judge on the competition panel. Paul and Sanders served as faculty mentors to Riccardi and Barbuto in their pre-conference research.

“We are proud of Cody and Nick for presenting their research at this prestigious conference,” Dr. Paul said. “They are top students in and out of the classroom, and wonderful representatives from Syracuse University.”