Columbia University Sports Management Program Hosts The Diamond Dollars Baseball Case Competition, November 5th


NEW YORK—Student teams from both undergraduate and graduate sports management programs will compete in the 2015 Diamond Dollars Case Competition at Columbia University on Thursday, November 5, at Columbia's Lerner Hall. Student teams will have the opportunity to present their case solutions and recommendations to a group of judges, which will consist of Major League Baseball (MLB) league and team front office executives, baseball analysts and members of the media.

Colleges and universities from around the country will participate in this year’s competition, which is organized by Vince Gennaro, the director of the globally-ranked Sports Management graduate program at Columbia University, a consultant to MLB teams, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and the president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is in its fifth year of producing events that bring together students and baseball executives to discuss solutions to real-world baseball operations issues. Past Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have been won by student teams from Cornell University, University of Chicago – Booth School, Yale University, NYU – Tisch School, Arizona State University, Stanford University, and Duke University – Fuqua School of Business. Several days prior to the competition, student teams will be provided with a case that reflects the types of complex decisions faced by MLB general managers. For example, students may be asked to evaluate proposed player transactions, apply statistical analysis to project player performance, or assess the financial impact of an MLB team's proposed transactions.

“The Diamond Dollars Case Competition provides a great opportunity for students to apply their critical thinking skills to real issues facing a baseball general manager and to showcase those skills to MLB executives and other baseball industry insiders,” said Gennaro. “We’re looking forward to seeing the new ideas, analyses, and perspectives that will be discussed at this year's event.” The case presentations by student teams will be followed by an afternoon of featured speakers and panels on the topics of baseball analytics and the business of baseball. More than 20 students who participated in past Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have secured internships or full-time positions with MLB teams or MLB Commissioner's Office. For more information or to enter a student team in the event please go to

About Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sports Management Program

Columbia University’s master’s degree program in Sports Management, available part-time and full-time, trains professionals in all sectors of the sports industry by teaching specific management skills in the areas of finance, analytics, digital media, sports personnel management, law, sports marketing, and facility or event superintendence. This combination of broad-based and specific skill training is a hallmark of the program and is evident in both the content and sequencing of courses.

George Calderaro
PR for Columbia University