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Wharton Sports Business Summit 2022

Overview After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Wharton Sports Business Summit is back and better than ever! Join us on October 21, 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. ET, at Jon M. Huntsman Hall. This year's summit will consist of keynote presentations, a variety of panels with diverse…Read More Read More

It’s a numbers game: Penn students detail their analytics internships in the NFL

Wharton students Zach Drapkin (W’22) and Sarah Hu (W’23), Wharton Undergraduate Sports Business Club (USBC) Board Members,  share their “once-in-a-lifetime experiences” interning for their favorite NFL teams with the Daily Pennsylvanian. Nearly every young sports fan dreams of one day growing up to work for their favorite team. Similarly, nearly every one of them also gives up ...Read More

Wharton Moneyball Academy Students Named 2021 Diamond Dollars Case Competition Winners

The 2021 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners were announced Friday, March 12 during the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. The winning teams selected were from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and the Horace Mann School in New York City. The University of Chicago team — which was picked to deliver an encore ...Read More

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