Sports Analytics (MGMT 359) at the University of Arizona

Sports Analytics (MGMT 359) at the University of Arizona


[MUSIC PLAYING] The Eller College
of Management offers a program in
sports management for students interested in
careers in the sports industry. This year, we are offering a
course in sports analytics. My name is Ricardo Valerdi, and
I’m an engineering professor at the University of Arizona. Analytics in the sports
industry has grown exponentially in the last 20 years. Athletes, coaches,
teams, and even leagues are using analytics for
competitive advantage. One of the examples that
transformed the sports industry is the Oakland Athletics
teams of the early 2000s. They were able to use
data-driven decisions that resulted in more wins
per million dollar than any other team. This is now known as Moneyball. The objective of this course
is to apply the lessons from Moneyball to other sports
like football, basketball, and soccer. We will answer statistical
questions like, who is the best
quarterback of all time, or what does an individual
player’s contribution on the court or on the field, or
what were the key contributing factors to the
University of Arizona’s national championships
in basketball, baseball, and softball? We will analyze and
visualize large data sets to gain new insights
into the sport. My goal is for students to
pursue their own interest, while at the same
time, applying lessons from the sports world that are
generalizable to the business world. This will get you
ahead of the game.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *