Sport Management Student Organizations
Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club
Sabermetrics is the study of advanced baseball statistics. And who better to study that than Sport Management students? The student-led club formed during the Spring 2013 semester with Sport Management professor Dr. Rodney Paul as its faculty advisor.
The club conducts in-depth discussions about baseball statistics and sabermetrics and members take part in a fantasy baseball league. Guest speakers are brought in on a variety of topics throughout the year, and the club takes part in a trip each semester.
In November 2017, a team representing the Syracuse University Sport Management Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club won the SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition at NYU. Sport Analytics majors Justin Perline (’19), CB Garrett (’19), Luke Scheetz (’21), Trevor Olofson (’21), and Zak Koeppel (’21) won the competition against other universities such as Villanova, NYU and Fordham.
The teams were tasked with creating a model to determine a player’s BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play), both for hitters, as well as the BABIP that pitchers allow. They were then asked to use this to determine the players who are going to see the biggest increases and decreases in their BABIP next season. The teams were given five days to collect data, create a model, and prepare a 30-minute presentation on the topic to be given in New York City on Nov. 17.
Judges for the competition included Ben Jedlovec (Baseball Info Solutions), Chris Pang (New York Mets), Tom Tippett (consultant, formerly of the Boston Red Sox), and Cameron Barwick (MLB).
“I’m very proud of the students who competed in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition,” said Sport Analytics professor Dr. Rodney Paul. “The new Analytics program has accumulated very talented students and I look forward to their continued interaction with each other, their progress through the curriculum, and their present and future successes in the field. Our students are a genuine pleasure to teach and I look forward to future classes following in their footsteps.”
In March 2018 and March 2017, members of the Sabermetrics Club participated in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition in Phoenix, Arizona, at the annual Society of American Baseball Research Analytics Conference. The students attended various panels, discussions and Spring Training games. As part of the 2018 competition, the students were tasked to find the optimal launch angle for four different Major League players. As part of the 2017 competition, the SU representatives were tasked with researching “pitch tunneling” and presented their findings in front of representatives from multiple MLB teams. The Club also participated in the competition in 2016 and 2015.
In spring 2014, the Club saw its research published in ESPN The Magazine. Dr. Paul and SPM students Matt Filippi ’15, Greg Ackerman ’15, and Zack Albright ’15 also co-authored a research paper that was presented at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. Their paper, “The Effects of Atmospheric Conditions on Pitchers,” studied the impact of air density on pitch selection and pitcher performance. It was one of 16 papers selected from more than 300 submissions worldwide.
“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 the current crop of sabermetric statistics and we will 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. In the future, we look forward to developing and implementing the use of our own statistical measures to fill potential gaps in the current statistics used in baseball.”
For more information on the Sabermetrics Club, contact the Department of Sport Management at 315-443-9881, Kyle Liotta at email@example.com, or club advisor Dr. Rodney Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org. The club meets weekly during the academic year on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Falk 104. The club is open to any SU student.
Check out the video by NCC (Newhouse Communications Center) News featuring the SPM Sabermetrics club on how Sabermetrics club brings passion for baseball statistics to SU.
Basketball Analytics Club
Interested in basketball and/or analytics? From NBA to college hoops, we study it all!
The Sport Management Basketball Analytics Club concluded its second year in 2017-2018, and was able to expand its membership through the introduction of SU’s first Sport Analytics class. The group strives to uncover fascinating statistics in basketball.
The organization was assembled to conduct analysis on the NBA, NCAA basketball, and high school basketball. The club has expedited the process of recording large sums of data at an efficient pace. This has led to more thorough research as well as additional projects. The club has analyzed “The Effects of a Max Contract on an NBA Player’s Performance,” and “The Best and Worst Tandems (High Profile) in the NBA.” The club aims to gather a group of students who share the same zest for basketball, in addition to their drive for research. Members practice their analytical skills in Excel as well as utilize their research skills on basketball databases to find appropriate data for analysis. A future goal of the club is to construct research that can be presented at basketball analytical conferences.
The club meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Falk College Room 100. The club will recap its projects from last year, introduce new members, and start voting and working on a new project. Bring your friends who are interested in analytics, or just basketball in general. All are welcome! Come and learn about the next wave of the sports industry. Contact Sport Analytics major Jonathan Bosch at email@example.com or SPM associate professor Dr. Shane Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Football Analytics Club
The Sport Management Football Analytics Club was established in September 2017 and inspired by the popularity of the SPM Baseball Statistics and Sabermetrics Club as well as the first class of Sport Analytics majors. Over the past year, the club worked on a research project, interacted with guest speakers, and talked football.
The topic of the club’s research project is, “How player arrests affect team winning percentage in the NFL.” The club looked at every player arrest from 2000 to present using an online database and recorded the player’s team and year(s) they were arrested. Also included in the research is each players’ on-field value since a non-starter being arrested would not have the same effect on the team as a star player being arrested.
The club welcomed guest speakers 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. The speakers gave students insight into the use of analytics in both professional and college football.
The Football Analytics Club meets at 6 p.m. Mondays during the academic year in Falk 400. All Syracuse University students are welcome to attend. The club will recap its projects from last year, introduce new members, and work on new projects. Bring your friends who are interested in analytics, or just football in general. All are welcome! For more information, email Zachary Koeppel at email@example.com.
The Sport Management Sales Club was established in September 2015 to act as a medium 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 under their belts and, in turn, onto their resumes. All SU students are invited to attend.
Since its establishment, the club has formed a relationship with SU Athletics. Members underwent sales training in preparation for the Fall of 2016, in which the club was invited to join the SU Athletics sales staff selling tickets to SU football, women’s basketball, and men’s basketball games. Members of the Club continue to work with SU Athletics today.
One of the many highlights of the Sales Club’s success was helping to break the all-time women’s basketball attendance record for a single game when the SU women played Notre Dame on February 19, 2017 at the Carrier Dome.
Members are looking to broaden their knowledge by continuing to grow in size, and also to work outside of Syracuse athletics. The club also received live sales experience by selling football season tickets at SU’s “Select-a-Seat” events. In April 2018, the SPM Sales Club worked with the Syracuse Crunch to put on an “SU Night” for the Crunch’s game against the Utica Comets. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse.
Guest speakers Adam Vogel, of the New York Mets, and Mark Hayes, of the Syracuse Crunch, met with the club during the 2017-18 academic year to lend their knowledge and experience. Under the direction of SPM instructor Pat Ryan, club members look to build on existing connections with professional sport organizations as well as network with industry professionals.
In Summer 2018, members of the Sales Club interned with the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Madison Square Garden, Boston Red Sox, and USA Track & Field, among others.
Club officers for 2018-19 are Connor Monzo, president; Seth Kourpas, vice president and director of programming; Sam Marteka, director of community service and event chair; Drew Bush, director of membership; Sam Incardona, secretary; and Jon Nunes, sergeant-at-arms.
For more information, contact Connor Monzo at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pat Ryan at email@example.com. The Sport Management Sales Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays during the academic year in Falk 400. All Syracuse University students are welcome to attend.
Sport Management ClubThe Sport Management Club is a student-run organization of the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics’s Department of Sport Management. Since its founding in 2005, the Club has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for local charities. Beneficiaries of the Club’s annual charity auction have included the Boys & Girls Clubs, American Diabetes Association, 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, McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, and the Salvation Army.
The Club raised $56,800 for Meals on Wheels of Syracuse as a result of its 13th Annual Charity Sports Auction. During the SU men’s basketball game on Dec. 9, 2017, supporters placed bids on hundreds of items, including sports memorabilia, electronics and tickets to major sporting events. In conjunction with the live event, Steiner Sports also hosted an online auction, which showcased a number of premium items up for bid. The 2016 auction raised $42,900 for The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse and in 2015, the Club raised $40,470 for the Salvation Army. Find out more about the annual Charity Auction.
During the academic year, the Club is involved in many on-campus and off-campus activities in addition to the Charity Auction.
The Sport Management Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays during the academic year in Falk 200. Students from all majors are welcome! For more information, contact SPM Club President Sarah Lundmark, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Executive Vice President Anthony de la Fuente, (email@example.com), Vice President of Community Service Max Josef (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vice President of Programming Austin Towns (email@example.com), Vice President of Membership Olivia Lavelle (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Vice President of Administration Joshua Davidoff (email@example.com). Falk College events manager Kate Veley serves as the Club’s co-advisor. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sport Pros. of Color
Sport Professionals of Color
The Sport Management Sport Professionals of Color Club wrapped up its fourth year in 2017-18, as a vehicle to connect students who identify as people of color with sport professionals from across the 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 sport industry. The club strives to sharpen members’ professional skills, host speakers, foster networking growth, and expose experiential opportunities to its members.During the 2017-18 academic year, the club began a new membership drive under the leadership of president Ian Williams and held an NFL Draft watch party in Falk College. The club is planning to invite sport industry guest speakers in the upcoming academic year as well as plan outings.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the club volunteered at the Syracuse Boys and Girls Club and invited SU women’s basketball alum Vera Jones to campus to speak on her journey in the sports industry and talk about her book “Play Through the Foul.”
During the 2015-16 academic year, club members co-hosted a panel discussion on women in sports titled “Competing to Win” with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., as well as hosted a Madison Square Garden internship panel. ESPN Information Specialist Francisco Ramos came to campus as a guest lecturer.
The club has welcomed guest speakers Arnold Malloy of the Syracuse Chiefs, Kevin Cooper of the Houston Texans, and Davina Sutton of ESPN, CNN Atlanta/London, and Turner Sports.
Meetings are on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Falk College Room 407, and are open to all Syracuse University students. Contact Ian Williams at email@example.com for more information or call 315-443-9881.
Women in Sports and Events (WISE)
Students in WISE were involved with several events and activities during the 2017-2018 academic year, including planning a weekend trip to Boston, hosting a Spin-A-Thon fundraiser, and assisting with an inaugural alumni event on campus.
With the help of SPM graduate Chrissy (Cronin) Leach ’10 and Jonathan Blanchette ’10, the club organized a two-day trip to Boston to network and learn from industry professionals at the Boston Celtics and at the Boston College Athletics Department. The women arrived to TD Arena on a Friday afternoon in February and were greeted by a panel of seven women – all WISE Boston members – that work in the front office for the Celtics. They then attended a game later that night. Discussion topics included a company and organizational structure overview, department and position responsibilities, and what hiring managers look for in an employee.
“All of the women were extremely welcoming and our group greatly benefited from learning more about the structure of the Celtics organization, gaining professional development advice and absorbing the insights the women shared,” said WISE president Caitlin Burke ’19. “It was special to connect with SPM graduate Chrissy Leach, and to learn more about her path from Syracuse to the Celtics.”
The next day, club members visited Boston College to meet with Blanchette, associate director of sports marketing, for a Q&A session and private tour of the athletic facilities.
“We really enjoyed our visit with Jason at Boston College, where he told us about his work in the marketing department,” Burke said. “The 16 of us who traveled to Boston truly saw the value in reaching out to our fellow SPM alumni to form these types of connections, which are so critical as we aim to broaden our experiences in the sport industry.”
In April 2018, members worked with local company Urban Life Fitness to host a Spin-A-Thon to fundraise for future professional development trips and workshops.
In Fall 2017, the group traveled to Colgate for a tour of its athletic facilities, attended espnW’s Campus Conversations hosted by SU Athletics, and collected monies for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. They co-hosted two professional development workshops: one focusing on salary negotiation with Dr. Mary Graham and Dr. Terry MacDonald and the other on interview preparation, led by WISE advisor and Sport Management internship placement coordinator Nicole Imbrogno. The women assisted Imbrogno in hosting the inaugural SPM 205: 2.0 – SPM Alumni in #SportsBiz professional development event in Fall 2017, from event production to creating credentials and providing registration support.
“WISE provides a fantastic way for young women to hold leadership positions and create opportunities for members, such as hosting events or collaborating with other on-campus groups,” Imbrogno said. “These are great talking points when networking as well as on interviews, not to mention a solid way to learn skills to take with them once they leave campus.”
In February 2017, WISE hosted “Shoot for Success: WISE Women in Sports,” a pre-game panel discussion at the Carrier Dome. Organized in collaboration with Syracuse University Athletics, the panel discussion took place before the SU women’s basketball against Notre Dame. Designed for women interested in pursuing professional careers in sports and events, the event featured how-to guidance and personal experiences from panelists on leading a successful career in sports. Guest panelists included Boston Celtics Group Ticket Sales Manager, Chrissy Cronin; Boston Celtics Director of Marketing, Kara Hutchinson; ESPN Women’s College Basketball Analyst, Gail Goestenkors; ESPN Coordinating Producer, Kate Jackson; ESPN Play-by-Play Announcer, Pam Ward; and NCAA Director of Business Operations for Women’s Basketball, Tracie Hitz.
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, “@wisecuse”.
The club officers for 2018-19 are Caitlin Burke, president; Jocelyn Mong, vice president; Leah Riccolo, vice president of recruitment; Kristen Rogers, vice president of internal programming; Jennifer Bard, vice president of external programming; Sarah Lundmark, treasurer; Olivia Lavelle, director of social media; and Kaitlynn Miller, secretary.
WISE, which meets at 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays in Falk College Room 200, includes women from all majors on campus interested in pursuing careers in sports and events. For more information, email Nicole Imbrogno or call 315-443-7418.