Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative

Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative is a leader in the rapidly growing fields of sports analytics and sports business engaging both our students and industry leaders.





How to Learn from Wins and Losses — and Other Lessons from Poker

“While we need experience to learn, it is mostly interfering with the learning process,” said Annie Duke, author and retired professional poker player.

The Best Defense is a Good Data Set: Wharton Students Named Finalists in the NFL Big Data Bowl

Zach Drapkin (W’22), Sarah Hu (W’23), Zach Bradlow (W’22), and Ryan Gross, PhD student, worked together to come up with an innovative way that the NFL can improve their defense using real player data.

Changing the Game: How Data Analytics Is Upending Baseball

Sharing Knowledge@Wharton article and a podcast with Professor Abraham Wyner and MLB player Brendan Harris discussing how increased reliance on analytics is changing Big League rosters.


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Why NFL Coaches Make Bad Decisions: A Gridiron Digest Seminar

Check out this article in Bleacher Report on four of the different sessions at the Wharton Sports Business Summit

Philly native Michael Rubin of 76ers on when he nearly filed for bankruptcy

Check out this article by Erin Arvelund in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Michael Rubin and his speech at the Wharton Sports Business Summit.

Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Seltzer Talks About Investing in Sports and Shares Advice to Current Students

Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative had the opportunity to speak with Jeffrey Seltzer, Managing Partner at Pierce Yates Ventures and W’78. Jeff was the 2019 recipient of the Penn Alumni Award of Merit.


Hockey analytics at the RIT Sports Analytics Conference

Jake Flancer

Inaugural Big Data Bowl hosted by the National Football League

Jack Soslow, Jake Flancer, Eric Dong, Andrew Castle

The Fortune Teller’s Trade Chart

By Cade Massey and Zach Drapkin


Wharton Annual Analytics Conference

May 3 – 7, 2021

In partnership with Analytics at Wharton and Wharton AI for Business, the Wharton Annual Analytics Conference will be held virtually on May 3-7, 2021. Hear from industry leaders – including speaker Daryl Morey, President of Basketball Operations, Philadelphia 76ers for a live Q & A with the audience, led by Professor of Statistics, Adi Wyner.


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