Everyone wants the opportunity to showcase their talents to the right people. That's exactly what the Diamond Dollars
Case Competition at Columbia is all about. Undergraduates, as well as graduate students from B-Schools, Law 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. The case will be authored and led by Vince Gennaro, a consultant to MLB teams--someone
who's been in the front office helping teams analyze key baseball operations decisions. Vince is the author of Diamond
Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball and the President of SABR--The Society for American Baseball Research,
and a regular contributor to MLB Network's Clubhouse Confidential--the first show of its kind focused on baseball
analytics. He is also the host of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, a weekly
show about baseball analytics.
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, baseball
analysts, 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. Never before has there been a case competition solely focused on classic baseball operations issues--a perfect platform
for any savvy analyst and student of the game, to differentiate themselves from the thousands who aspire to become baseball
The event at Columbia University is an opportunity for New York metro area and East
Coast schools to compete in an event that has been an overwhelming success in other regions, including at the SABR Analytics
Conference in Phoenix each March. Winners of past Diamond Dollars Case Competitions include the University of Chicago-Booth
school, NYU-Stern, Yale University, NYU-Tisch School, Stanford, Arizona State, University, Cornell University, and Duke University-Fuqua
School of Business. Case participants had the opportunity to present their case to judging panel comprised of MLB team executives.
In addition to the Case Competition, student participants have the opportunity to network with numerous MLB executives, media
executives, industry suppliers. As a result, there are a growing number of Diamond Dollars Case Competition alumni who have
secured internships or full-time positions within MLB.
For the Columbia Univeristy event,
the case will be distributed to student teams in advance of the November 18th presentations. On the morning of Friday,
November 18, student teams will assemble at the Columbia's Alfred Lerner Hall at 2920 Broadway (at 116th Street), New York,
NY 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 4pm event will conclude with speakers and a panel discussion by baseball execs and industry insiders,
giving participants a chance to network.
Below is the Diamond Dollars Case Competition at Columbia
University application and cost information:
For further information
please contact Vince Gennaro at: firstname.lastname@example.org