Everyone wants the opportunity to showcase their talents to the right people. That’s exactly what the Diamond Dollars Case Competition at NYU is all about. Undergraduates, as well as graduate students from B-Schools and Sports Management programs, will compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a real baseball operations decision–the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season. Five-person teams of students are asked to evaluate proposed player transactions, apply statistical analysis of player performance and assess the financial impact of the team’s proposed moves. I will author the case, drawing on my experiences of working closely with front office executives helping teams analyze key baseball operations decisions.
Once the student team has prepared its case, they will have the opportunity to present their analysis and recommendations to a group judges, which will include MLB front office execs and members of the media. They will have a dialog, receive feedback and ultimately be evaluated, by this panel of judges, based on the quality of their insights and analysis. The Case Competition is a perfect fit for the avid fantasy player who believes they can match strategy with baseball execs, or for anyone who aspires to work in a Major League front office. It’s also a great opportunity to apply the critical thinking skills students hone in their academic curricula and apply those skills to real world problems and to demonstrate their talents and network with current execs and other baseball industry insiders.
The event at NYU is an opportunity for New York metro area schools to compete in an event that was an overwhelming success in March of 2012 in Phoenix. The winner of the 1st Annual National Case Competition, held on March 15-17, 2012 at the SABR Analytics Conference, was the University of Chicago–Booth school, with the undergraduate division honors going to Yale University. Case participants had the opportunity to present their case to judging panel comprised of MLB team executives. Fourteen student teams entered the inaugural Competition. Eighteen MLB teams attended the Case Competition and SABR Analytics Conference, along with numerous media executives, industry suppliers, providing ample opportunity for networking with industry insiders. Two participants from the March 2012 Competition were able to secure internships within MLB.
For the NYU event, the case will be distributed to student teams several days in advance of the November 2nd presentations. On the morning of Friday, November 2, student teams will assemble at the NYU Kimmel Center at Washington Square in lower Manhattan and present their case recommendations to a panel of judges. The 30-minute time slots for each team will include a 20 minute presentation and a 10 minute Q & A by the judges. After the conclusion of the presentations the judges will select a winning team. The 8:30am to 2pm event will conclude with speakers and a panel discussion by baseball execs and industry insiders, giving participants a chance to network.