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The Business of Sports Reckons with Domestic Violence Off the Field

Wharton’s Americus Reed and Abraham J. Wyner explain how athletes’ endorsement contracts might be more relevant than their sports performance, and how all are at stake when allegations of misconduct arise in Penn Today. October 14, 2021 During the U.S. Open last month, an ad for Rolex ran throughout commercial breaks showing a montage of top-ranked tennis ...Read More

Faculty and Student Spotlight: The Fortune Teller’s Trade Chart

Great piece by Cade Massey and Zach Drapkin on draft value space for Pro Football Focus. Apr 28, 2021 Last Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs acquired offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. from the Baltimore Ravens in a trade involving six draft picks. How did the teams value such a complicated deal? By using the “The Chart,” of ...Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Adi Wyner Presents at the 2021 SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Virtual Analytics Conference

Adi Wyner, Co-Director of Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative presented at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, presented by Major League Baseball, Rawlings, and Sports Info Solutions, on March 14, 2021. The conference brings together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the ...Read More

Student Spotlight: The Penn Sports Analytics Group Join Penn Basketball Coach on CBS Sports Network “Beyond The Box Score”

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, the University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Steve Donahue, was a special guest analyst on the CBS Sports Network’s broadcast of the BYU-Loyola Marymount NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball game. Undergraduate students from the Penn Sports Analytics Group (PSAG) joined via Zoom to help provide some ...Read More

Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Schrader Talks About What Helped Her Break Into Sports Business and Her View on Esports

Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI) had a chance to connect with Wharton’s recent alumni, W’19 Kelly Schrader and Associate at the National Basketball Association (NBA). In her interview, Kelly talks about what helped her break into sports business, shares advice to current students, and her view on esports. Please describe your path into sports ...Read More

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. Baseball legend Yogi Berra defied math logic but still made complete sense to game enthusiasts when he famously said, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.” Well, the math is different in professional ...Read More

Wharton just launched a sports analytics program focusing on data in the industry

Check out the article in Technical.ly on launching Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI). The new resource and research center for use by students and faculty was created out of a growing interest in sports betting, data and esports. By Paige Gross   University of Pennsylvania announced this week that it was launching the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI) for ...Read More

Wharton School Establishes New Sports Analytics and Business Initiative

PHILADELPHIA, December 4, 2019 — The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced today the establishment of the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI). WSABI represents an expansion of school-wide sports business activities by building on the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI), founded in 2008. The addition of sports analytics offerings dramatically expands the scope ...Read More