Syracuse Will Lead Nation, Offer Sports Analytics Degree
Syracuse University will make history in the Fall of 2017 when it offers that nation’s first ever Sports Analytics program. The major will be offered in the Falk College. The idea of analytics in sports was popularized widely following “Moneyball,” a feature-film depicting the story of Billy Beane’s analytically driven Oakland Athletics team that rose to unexpected success. Rodney Paul, a professor in Falk, was one of the leaders in bringing about the program, and spoke with CNY Central about what he hopes to accomplish.
“Upon graduation, students will be prepared to think conceptually and analytically while applying these principles to real issues in sport organizations,” he said. “Our program prepares students for a variety of different possible analytics career paths on the player evaluation side, business side, or both.”