Investigate the value of statistics and basic probability in the professional sports industries, from evaluating player performance to determining compensation and more.

No facet of American life boils down to numbers quite like sports. From outfielders’ route efficiencies to team luxury taxes, sports fans quantify just about everything. Front offices and coaching staffs operate in the world of statistics, too, as they evaluate players (using increasingly technical analytics) and make carefully calculated decisions. Even the surging fantasy sports industry has developed an almost obsessive marriage between stats and commerce.

This course will use the sports world as a case study to demonstrate how statistics and basic probability are essential tools in a variety of professional and personal settings – from front offices to social media disputes. Students will finish the course with better honed probability instincts and a better understanding of statistics in sports, specifically, and as a critical thinking tool, in general.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will gain an understanding of sports analytics fundamentals, learning firsthand from professionals in the industry about which player metrics they trust and how they inform player evaluation.

• Through this course, students will explore the future of sports analytics, learning about new technologies that are impacting the industry.

• Students will gain a higher-level understanding of probability and statistics and why these areas of mathematics are valuable in sports

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Bleacher Report, MLB Network, the Action Network, Yankee Stadium and Barclays Center. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Ken Belson (Sports Business Reporter, The New York Times), Doug Kezirian (Sports Betting Analyst, ESPN), Michael Groopman (Director of Analytics, Kansas City Royals), Rick Peterson (former pitching coach of Oakland A’s during “Moneyball”), Chris Grove (Partner, Eilers & Krejcik Gaming) and Cory Schwartz (MLB Vice President of Statistics).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*

Dates: July 5 - July 17

Location: New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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