Sport Management Student Organizations
Baseball Sabermetrics and Statistics Club
Sabermetrics is the study of advanced baseball statistics. This club conducts in-depth discussions about everything related to baseball, with members taking part in a fantasy baseball league and guest speakers brought in on a variety of topics throughout the year.
In Fall 2023, the Club held a mock case competition, which was judged by Sean Fischer, a data scientist with the Cincinnati Reds. The Club welcomed numerous guest speakers, including Sport Analytics alumni Seth Warner, John Asel, Chase Seibold and Justin Perline.
Over the years, club members have worked on several research projects including constructing a model for Beat the Streak, evaluating which pitchers could benefit from a change in pitch repertoire, and analyzing the effect of a pitcher’s jersey color on hitter performance. They also discuss Major League Baseball (MLB) current events, and have participated in mock offseason contests, where members act as the General Manger of a Major League Baseball franchise.
The club welcomes numerous guest speakers throughout the year, including MLB executives, baseball publication writers and baseball analytics professionals.
In Spring 2023, for the ninth straight year, Club members participated in the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) Analytics’ Spring Diamond Dollars Case Competition in Phoenix (AZ). Undergraduate teams were separated into competition rooms, where they presented to judges. They also attended a Chicago Cubs Spring Training game.
“Having a Sabermetrics club at Syracuse is important as it allows for students to study in-depth advanced baseball statistics to create a better understanding of the game and of player value,” Paul said. “Students will learn the origins and uses of sabermetric statistics and then discuss and debate their usage. The goal of the club is to inform and encourage the use of advanced baseball statistics for a variety of uses in the industry.”
Club officers for 2023-24 are President Nathan Backman, Vice President Jonah Soos, Director of Programming Marcus Mann, Director of Research Charlie Maddux, Director of Outreach Rob White, Director of Engagement Caitlin Kohlmeier, Director of Operations Gavi Sela and Fiscal Agent Hayden Orenstein. All Syracuse University students are welcome to join the club. Contact Backman for more information at email@example.com
Basketball Analytics Club
The organization was assembled to conduct analysis on the NBA, NCAA, and high school basketball and has expedited the process of recording large sums of data at an efficient pace. Club members are working on research on a variety of topics focusing on professional and college basketball organizations, teams, players and business strategies.
During the 2022-23 academic year, guest speakers included Chris Robinson (Utah Jazz), Jay Porterfield (Los Angeles) Clippers, Buddy Scott (Boston Celtics), Nick Elam (Elam Ending) and SPM alum Dom Samangy (Arkansas Razorbacks.) Club members participated in the Syracuse University Basketball Analytics Competition, Mock Case Competition, Milwaukee Bucks Hackathon, Tulane Pro Basketball Negotiation Competition, Mock Trade Deadline, Expansion Draft, NBA Mock Draft, Fantasy Basketball League and a Scavenger Hunt.
In Spring 2022, several members attended the UMass Amherst NBA Mock Trade Deadline competition. They acted as general managers in a simulation of the NBA trade deadline. Attendees were broken into groups and assigned an NBA franchise. The groups then began trading and transforming their rosters for the duration of the day. The event gave students the opportunity to practice first-hand what takes place during NBA trade negotiations in regard to trade rules, salary cap management, and the CBA, among others. Past members also presented their research at the Midwest Sports Analytics Meeting at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
RJ Frahm will serve as president for the 2023-24 academic year.
Football Analytics Club
The Football Analytics Club was established during the 2017-18 academic year and became an officially recognized Syracuse University student organization in Fall 2019. The club started with four members, grew to 40 the next year, and now features more than 100 members. The club meets weekly discussing all things related to football, conducting research, competing in trivia contests, and welcoming guest speakers, among other activities.
During the 2021-22 academic year, club members used modeling techniques from class to compare the NFL’s Most Valuable Players across several seasons to determine the overall MVP over the last decade. Students also analyzed data from Pro Football Focus and assisted with projects. The club held a mock offseason after the Super Bowl. Students were given full control over the NFL team of their choosing as the club president acted as Commissioner of the league. Students could make agreed-upon trades, sign or release players, and even restructure contracts. The exercise gave students a glimpse of how difficult it is to stay under the salary cap while simulating an offseason. The simulation ended with a three-round mock draft just before the official NFL Draft. Also, club members formed teams for the NFL’s Big Data Bowl, working in groups to answer the prompt, while gaining valuable experience competing in the intense football analytics competition.
A highlight of the Spring 2022 semester was hosting the Second Annual Syracuse University Football Analytics Blitz in partnership with Pro Football Focus. More than 10 teams from colleges and universities across the country participated in the event that featured judges from Pro Football Focus. The teams received their prompt the week before the competition and were given one week to solve the prompt and put together a presentation on their findings.
In Fall 2019 and Fall 2018, club members attended a Buffalo Bills game, where members met with Sport Analytics alumnus Evan Weiss ’19, a football analytics analyst for the Bills. Weiss was also the founder and first president of SU’s Football Analytics Club.
Club members have worked on many research projects over the past few years, exploring topics such as “Do NFL Players Perform Worse After Receiving a Large Free Agent Contract;” “Do NFL Referees Display Bias Towards Certain Calls or Teams;” “How Winning/Losing Streaks Impact Future Winning Chances and Betting Lines;” and “How Player Arrests Affect Team Winning Percentage in the NFL.” The Club has also conducted research for the XFL.
The Football Analytics Club routinely welcomes sport industry guest speakers such as Neil Hornsby, founder and CEO of Pro Football Focus; Bryan Kilmeade and Sam Schwartzstein, of the XFL’s football operations department; Tucker Zeleny, director of sports analytics at the University of Nebraska; JT Busco, Syracuse University football assistant coach; and Ryan Smith, analyst and account manager at Pro Football Focus. These speakers, among others, give students insight into the use of analytics in both professional and college football.
The Football Analytics Club meets weekly during the academic year. All Syracuse University students are welcome to attend. For more information, call 315-443-9881.
Hockey Analytics Club
The Hockey Analytics Club is a student-run organization that meets weekly during the academic year to discuss trends and events in the world of hockey. The Club conducts analytical research and has worked with the Syracuse University Women’s Ice Hockey team, the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and SU’s Tennity Adult League. Through these connections, club members have secured hockey statistician internships.
In the Fall 2023 semester, the Club hosted a mock case competition utilizing the new NHL EDGE data website. They also continued research titled “NHL Roster Salary Composition’s Effect on Team Success.” Club members often stage various activities such as a mock trade deadline, club fantasy hockey league, in-season predictions discussions, draft and free agency prediction activities and an analytics-based scavenger hunt. Outside of club meetings, members frequently get together to play floor hockey at the multipurpose court at SU’s Barnes Center. In addition, the club annually hosts guest speakers, including NHL agent Allan Walsh, Dante Giugliano (Hockey Trader at FanDuel) and Sam Ventura (Buffalo Sabres).
The club uses analytics in its research, discussions, and projects and features students from numerous majors on campus. The club is open to all SU students and recognizes that students from all academic backgrounds can positively contribute to its growth. Join us to gain analytical research skills, learn from industry leaders, and talk hockey with fellow fanatics.
Club officers for 2023-24 are President David Gold, Vice President Ian MacMiller, Director of Operations Ryan Severe, Director of Research Rob White, Director of Media Quinn Robnett. Director of Outreach Caleb Rice, Director of Programming Robert Yardley and Freshman Advisor Carter Pietrowski. Contact Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sales and Marketing Club
Sales and Marketing Club
The Department of Sport Management’s Sales Club merged with the Sports Media and Marketing Club in Spring 2023 to become the Sales and Marketing Club.
The Sales Club was established in 2015 to act as a platform for earning members hands-on experience in the sport sales industry. In a job market with increasing demands for preliminary experience, students can add practical sales experience to their resumes. The club welcomes guest speakers in person and virtually each semester, holds workshops and events for members, while also pairing with Syracuse University Athletics to help sell tickets.
The Sport Media and Marketing Club was formed in Fall 2020 to provide students an opportunity to learn more about these particular segments of the sport industry. The club’s mission is to provide real-world experiences for students by taking part in projects as well as connecting with peers, faculty advisors, and industry professionals.
In Fall 2022, the Sales Club worked with the Midstate Athletic Community Center (MACC) ice rink in Cicero on sponsorships, while also recruiting new members. They welcomed numerous guest speakers and hosted a sales training exercise with New York Mets sales managers. During the Spring 2023 semester, an in-person Sales Combine was held for students in partnership with the New York Mets and Syracuse Legends, who provided the students with sales tips and strategies.
In Spring 2023, the Sports Media and Marketing Club focused on building podcast skills and recording episodes. Sport Management alumna Christina Brennan, president of The Digital Renegades, spoke to the club about her job and career path. The Club’s “5th Down Podcast” is a project that began in Spring 2022 with four episodes, including interviews with Sport Management faculty members as well as former SU student Walter Simasek. The goal of the podcast is to discuss important issues and current events in the sport media landscape that will shape the future of the sport industry. Here is Spotify link
Going forward, the Sales and Marketing Club will focus on holding interactive meetings, and welcoming guest speakers while prioritizing creating a club that acts as an inclusive space for students interested in both sales and marketing. Club members also have plans to create a podcast, where they will “talk everything sports” as well as promote club events and gain new members.
Club officers for 2023-24 are President Brianna Nechifor, Social Media Manager Jack Hitter, Shadow Pedro de Angel-Rodriguez, Podcast Co-Managers Matthew Tang and Jesse LaMon, and Community Relations Manager Ryan Zimmerman.
The club meets weekly during the academic year. Students from all majors are welcome. For more information, contact club advisor David Meluni at email@example.com or Brianna Nechifor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soccer Analytics Club
The Syracuse University Soccer Analytics Club, which was founded in 2018, conducts analysis and research on the various soccer leagues around the world. The club’s major success has been achieved in the form of papers of being selected for various conferences, including the 2021 MIT Sloan Sport Analytics Conference, 2020 Midwest Sport Analytics Conference, and 2020 Carnegie Mellon Sport Analytics Conference. The club also won the award for Best Undergraduate Paper at the 2021 Academy of Economics and Finance Conference and received an Honorable Mention at the 2020 Carnegie Mellon Sport Analytics Conference.
Club members strive to improve the scope of analytics in the world of soccer, hoping the same number of statistics available for basketball or baseball will be available for soccer. Students are busy with research projects, meeting with executives and analytics professionals from the soccer industry, attending conferences to present their research, and participating in competitions.
In Fall 2023, the club focused on the research element through a case competition where the prompt asked which players were the biggest bargain of all summer sales. The groups used a variety of methods to come to their conclusions.
The club provides a platform for students with a passion for soccer to discuss the sport and work together, conducting research using a variety of statistical methods and analytical tools. The club meets weekly during the academic year, and meetings are open to all Syracuse University students, regardless of major. Meetings are held Wednesdays at 5:20pm in Falk 101. Officers for the 2023-2024 academic year are president Nick Rovelli email@example.com , vice president Caleb Haller, director of operations Toby Chalk, director of recruitment and engagement David Gold, and director of social media Jack Martin.
Sport Analytics Women
Sport Analytics Women (SAW)
Formed in Fall 2020, Falk College’s Sport Analytics Women (SAW) Club strives to create a group of like-minded women to build relationships, assemble a support system and study sport analytics during their time at Syracuse University and into their post-graduate careers. The club’s mission is to collaborate and serve as a positive advocate for women in sport analytics by connecting with each other as well as with professionals in the industry. The goal of creating relevant opportunities for club members is achieved through tutorials on programs such as R, SQL, Python and Tableau, group research projects and hosting guest speakers.
Guest speakers have included Mackenzie Mangos ’22 (Player Valuation Analyst at the Pittsburgh Pirates), Kylie Dedrick ’23 (Team Data Solutions Strategist at the NBA), Drina Domic ’19, (Data Scientist in Business Intelligence and Solutions at the NBA), Ally Blake (Data Scientist at the NFL), Ella Summer (Miami Dolphins), Julianne Jochym (NHL), Lindsay Barenz (Oakland Roots/Oakland Soul), Kelsey McDonald (Brooklyn Nets) and Juliette Gorson (FanDuel).
In 2023, the Club also began a partnership with Sports Info Solutions, as members were paired based on their interests with individuals in the company, creating a mentor/mentee relationship. They also collaborated with WiSE to host a WiST information session, led by Syracuse alumna and WiST Marketing Coordinator Emma Henzes.
In Spring 2022, SAW members began a project with HookIt, which focuses on social media analytics, examining college athletes from different sports and their social media performances, to determine if they would be a good partner for brands in conjunction with new Name, Image and Likeness legislation. In Fall 2020, club members learned more about interactive pitch charts in tableau. They brainstormed ideas for research projects and projected how female college basketball players will fare in the WNBA.
Club officers for 2023-24 are President Alison Gilmore, Vice President Marissa Schneider, Director of Outreach Adelaide Gilley, Director of Programming Isabel Alfonso, Secretary Piper Evans, and Fiscal Agent Caitlin Kohlmeier.
Sport Management Club
The Sport Management Club is a student-run organization in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics’ Department of Sport Management. Since its founding in 2005, the Club has raised more than $700,000 for local charities.
Under the guidance of Sport Management Director and Endowed Professor Michael Veley and dedicated student leaders, the Sport Management Club has provided countless students, regardless of major, invaluable experiential learning opportunities to expand their professional, academic, and social skillsets.
The Club’s signature event is its annual Charity Sports Auction to raise money for a Syracuse-area charity. The 19th annual auction was held in a hybrid format, both in person at SU’s JMA Wireless Dome and online, in November 2023. To support Tillie’s Touch, supporters placed bids on hundreds of items, including sports memorabilia, gift certificates, household items, vacation packages, and electronics. Previous beneficiaries of the club’s annual charity auction have included Make-A-Wish Central New York, Boys & Girls Clubs, Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, the Central New York SPCA, the Upstate Cancer Center, Special Olympics New York, Food Bank of CNY, the Salvation Army, Rescue Mission Alliance, American Diabetes Association, the Boeheim Foundation, Vera House, and McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center. For more information about the annual Charity Auction, visit Twitter @SPMAuction as well as sucharitysportsauction.com
A highlight of the Fall 2023 semester was hosting guest speaker Brett Greenberg, Assistant General Manager of the Washington Wizards, who provided a look into what happens in the front office of an NBA team. Greenberg offered valuable insights about professional development, analytics and the daily decision-making that goes into such a high-level position. In addition, the fall semester reintroduced mentorship groups. Led by upperclassmen, existing and new members worked alongside each other in club Kahoots, Jeopardy, and a Scavenger Hunt to further bond the club. The groups provided a structured place to ask questions and build leadership skills. The Club took a trip to a Syracuse Mets game in September as well as an outing to Apex Entertainment for bowling and laser tag.
During the academic year, the Club routinely hosts guest speakers, takes group trips, and volunteers in the community, including Meals on Wheels, Make-A-Wish Central New York, 3fifteen, Ronald McDonald House, OttoTHON, and New Castle Youth Basketball Association.
The Sport Management Club meets weekly during the academic year at 7pm Tuesdays in Falk 100. Students from all majors are welcome. For more information, contact President Jack Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Officers for 2024 are Executive Vice President Livia McQuade, Vice President of Membership Adelaide Gilley, Vice President of Administration James Sickel, Vice President of Programming Tynan Weathers, Co- Vice President of Community Service Kate Bradley, and Co- Vice Presidentof Community Service Emily Gilbert.
Sportsbook Analytics Club
The Falk College Sportsbook Analytics Club was founded in 2019 in response to one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. The club and its members continue to explore, learn, and discuss the ever-changing landscape of sport prediction markets, such as legalized sports betting and daily fantasy sports.
The club has annually expanded both in membership and in programming. In addition to discussion about the industry’s news and latest trends, the club has introduced workshops, competitions, and a collaboration with a start-up platform called Playd, a platform in which users trade stock in players using “Playd Cash” to try to build a portfolio. Dividends and prices of these players are determined by performance, trading volumes, and even real-world contracts.
In the Fall of 2023, the Sportsbook Analytics Club hosted Nick Ercolano, Co-Founder of BDGE, a fantasy sports media company. Nick discussed ways to thrive in the fantasy sports business while advising club members on how to start their own sports media brand. The club also partnered with Smashup Fantasy Sports, a new daily fantasy app that adds a twist of applying power-up cards to their daily fantasy lineup. While club members can compete in all of the app’s competitions, Smashup is also allowing the Sportsbook Analytics Club to compete against other universities, testing the club’s lineup projection skills on a national level.
The Sportsbook Analytics club was also featured in a Spectrum News story. Watch it here:
The club completed its first official research project in Spring 2022 by submitting a poster to the Falk Research Poster Competition titled, “Does Win Percentage Correlate to Point Production in the NFL?” Club members scraped data to see if two teams over .500 win percentage would score the “over” on total points and if two teams under .500 win percentage would score the “under” on total points. Members created a model to predict over/under based on win percentage, but it was found that win percentage should not be used as an indicator of total point production in the NFL.
The club annually host guest speakers from the sport industry, including Adam Israel (SPM ’19), Sportsbook Operations Coordinator at BetMGM, who gave valuable insight to members as to how BetMGM resolves client issues on their mobile app. The club also hosted Jak Jones, Director of Online and Sportsbook Analytics at Caesars Entertainment, who shared how to improve coding skills and how to better predict win probabilities in sport.
Students from all majors and backgrounds are welcome to join the club and attend weekly meetings. Club officers for 2023-2024 are President Hunter Kuchenbaur, Vice President Charlie Maddux, Director of Research Dylan Stefeil, Director of Outreach Robbie Giegerich and Treasurer Caleb Heller. For more information, email Kuchenbaur at email@example.com
Sport Professionals of Color
Sport Professionals of Color
The Department of Sport Management’s Sport Professionals of Color Club is an organization that strives to uplift and connect students of color who are interested in working in the Sport Industry.
The organization was formed during the 2014-15 academic year with the purpose of helping to guide young professionals in their pursuit of success and career establishment in the industry. The club strives to improve members’ professional skills, host speakers, foster networking growth, and create a sense of community among students of different backgrounds.
Over the course of the 2022-23 academic year, the club welcomed many guest speakers, with experiences ranging from the WNBA to nonprofit organizations, including Tyrone Brooks, Senior Director of the MLB Diversity Pipeline Program, and Destiny Castro, Customer Relationship Management Manager with NYCFC. Brooks spoke to the club about the MLB’s continued diversity efforts as well as gave advice about applying to internships. Castro, who graduated from the Sport Management program in 2018, shared her experience of graduating from Syracuse and working her way through New York City professional sports teams.
During Women’s History Month, the organization collaborated with Women in Sports and Events (WISE) to put on a Title IX panel, featuring Syracuse Athletics’ Senior Women’s Administrator Kirsten Elleby and WomenX executives Tiffany Bullock (COO) and Mary Ciampa (Founder and CEO). The conversation stemmed around Title IX’s influence on college athletics and the intersectionality of being a woman and person of color working in sport. Additionally, the organization met with student-athletes at Fowler High School to teach them about the opportunities available working in sport and college advice for transitioning out of athletics.
The club is always looking for new members to take part in its activities and meetings. Past events include a WNBA Draft Party, group outings to Syracuse Athletics events, as well as hosting an NBA Internship panel. The club has welcomed former Olympian and Syracuse Senior Deputy Athletics Director Herman Frazier, former NFL player Lou Alexander, author/consultant Will Baggett, and Falk College benefactor David Falk, among others. Committees are working to help the club grow its membership and campus presence.
Meetings are open to all Syracuse University students. Email Club president Jeremiah Patterson-Yancey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Department of Sport Management at 315-443-9881 for more information.
Sport Venue and Event Management (SVEM) Club
Mission statement: To provide students specific knowledge and experience focused on managing and operating sport and entertainment facilities and events.
- Create an experiential learning opportunity for SU graduate students interested in sport venue and event management.
- Create activities that foster philanthropic and social responsibility associated with sport.
- Create career networking and educational field trip opportunities for members of the organization.
- Promote interest in the sport venue and facility management industry
Executive Board: comprised of four (4) members.
- Advisor (Faculty Member): Provide oversight and managerial direction; serve as the liaison between the Department of Sport Management and The SVEM Club; work directly with officers on communication, marketing, and financial matters; serve as co-chair of fundraising activities sponsored by the organization.
- President: Represent the club as primary contact with the Office of Graduate Student Organizations. The President will be responsible for running all meetings, programming and developing club activities such as coordinating guest speakers, fundraiser meetings and other social activities.
- Vice President: Responsible for assisting the president in developing meetings and club activities, maintaining attendance of meetings, collecting membership dues, and other miscellaneous tasks.
- Treasurer: Responsible for keeping financial records of funds and allocation of disbursements subject to board approval, and as outlined by the Office of Graduate Student Organizations.
Membership: Any graduate student in the M.S. Sport Venue and Event Management Program in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University is eligible to be an active member and may hold office. All active members must submit annual dues of five ($5) dollars.
Meetings: General club meetings will be held on a bi-weekly schedule, as determined by the President and Advisory Faculty Member and voted on by the membership. All general meetings are required among all members. Executive Board meetings will be held a minimum of once per month.
Tennis Analytics Club
Tennis Analytics Club
The Tennis Analytics Club was formed in Fall 2022 to bring together students who share a common interest in the sport.
Club members met weekly to discuss relevant tournaments as well as news in the tennis sector of professional sports. They also research websites such as FanDuel and DraftKings. In 2022, Club members conducted a research project on serving in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), to look at point-win probabilities given first serve and second serve in/win percentage, to see if there were advantages to hitting first serves on both first and second serves.
Officers for 2023-24 are President Jarrett Markman, Vice President Jordan Hemley, Treasurer Chris Marfisi, Director of Research Cameron Wakaiand Director of Communications/Outreach Jordyn Lee. Students from all majors are welcome to join the Club. Email Markman for more information at email@example.com
Women in Sports and Events (WISE)
Over the course of the Fall 2023 semester, the WISE Club hosted several guest speakers, including Kaitlynn Miller, Seattle Kraken; Nikki Scala, NFL; and Brianna Courtney-Main, Buffalo Sabres. Club members also volunteered at the Ms. Orange Luncheon benefitting Make-A-Wish CNY, fundraised for American Cancer Society and Food Bank of CNY, toured NBT Bank Stadium and hosted a networking dinner with SU Athletics.
WISE members often volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse to cook and serve meals to families staying at the facility. The group also co-hosts workshops focusing on campus resources and resumes; partners with Witty Wicks, a homemade candle company, and Chipotle, to fundraise for future networking trips and events; and welcomes numerous guest speakers to campus or virtually.
Keep up with SU’s WISE Club on Social Media: Twitter: @WISE_SU; Instagram: WISE_Cuse; and Facebook: Women in Sports and Events at Syracuse University.
Club officers for 2024 are Erin Moore, President; Ashley Stewart, Vice President; Jacqueline DiPaolo, Community Outreach and Fundraising Chair; and Kate Bradley, Communications Chair.
The WISE Club includes women from all majors on campus interested in pursuing careers in sports and events. For more information, email WISE advisor Beth Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org, or club president Erin Moore at email@example.com