Overview

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.

Site Visits: 
Day trips will vary based on the instructors and terms. Past site visits have included:

  • MLB Network
  • NBA Entertainment
  • Yankee Stadium
  • Barclays Center
  • Motus Global, a wearable technology/biomechanic analysis tech company
  • Students enrolled in NYC Summer Academy will have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Past guest speakers have included:

  • Michael Groopman (via Skype): Director of Analytics, Kansas City Royals
  • Rick Peterson (via Skype): former pitching coach of Oakland A’s during “Moneyball”
  • Andrew Thomas (via Skype), Lead Hockey Researcher, Minnesota Wild
  • Justin Wolfers (via Skype): economist/author of study on racial bias among NBA Referees
  • Cory Schwartz, MLB Vice President of Statistics
  • Ken Belson, sports business reporter, The New York Times

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: July 7 - July 19

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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