Program Overview

Housed within the Department of Sport Management at The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University, Berlin Sport Analytics Academy at Syracuse University provides high school students the opportunity to explore data’s powerful role in understanding and prioritizing information to maintain a competitive advantage in the sports industry.

Summer College Sport Analytic Students on the turf at the Buffalo Bills Stadium
Summer College Sport Analytic students on the turf at the Buffalo Bills Stadium

The program gives an overview of the analytics that are used in a variety of sports, and the students will have the opportunity to investigate more on their own during the duration of the academy. Students will learn valuable skills in various applications that are currently being used in Sport Analytics courses at Syracuse University and in the sports industry including R, Tableau, SQL and more. Students will have the opportunity to listen and interact with speakers from the sport analytics industry. They will also have the opportunity to interact with current Sport Analytics students, who will offer their guidance and advice throughout the duration of the academy.

Careers in Sport Analytics can include:

  • Statistician
  • Player Evaluation
  • Economist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Sports Analyst

  Fun Fact: Syracuse University is the first American university to offer a bachelor’s degree in sport analytics.

Program Objectives

The primary objectives are to provide the student with a basic understanding of the role of analytics in the sport industry and the functions of an analytics professional as they apply to amateur and professional sports. Upon completion of the academy students should be able to identify, analyze, and understand various issues related to the world of sport analytics.

  1. Interpret and calculate various sport analytics statistics used in a variety of sports in North America and around the world
  2. Build a fundamental understanding of spreadsheets and databases
  3. Gain a working knowledge of R so that students can wrangle data, run basic linear regressions, do some simple machine learning techniques, and graph data
  4. Gain a working knowledge of data visualization of sports data through Tableau

Sports Studies Track

Interested in learning more the sports industry? Summer College students can choose an additional sports studies program in a consecutive session and receive 10% off both sessions. Choose two additional sports studies programs and receive 15% off all three sessions (Scholarship and Financial Aid will apply to each program attended). Or build your own track and explore even more of what Syracuse University has to offer!

Session I: June 27 – July 10: Sport Management, Sport, Media & Society

Session II: July 11 – July 24: Berlin Sport Analytics Academy at SU

Session III: July 25 – August 7: Sociology of Sport, Berlin Sport Analytics Academy at SU

 View all programs by session date to build your own track!


Learn more about the Berlin Sport Analytics Academy at SU:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios


Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Dates: Choose from 1 of 2 Sessions!*

  • Session II: July 11 – July 24, 2020
  • Session III: July 25 – August 7, 2020

Duration: 2 weeks

*Note: Session II and Session III are exactly the same- only the dates are different.

Grading

Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail


Eligibility Requirements

This program is ideal for high school students with a strong background in mathematics, and a passion for sports. An interest in, or experience with, computer programming and Microsoft Excel is recommended but not necessary. Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.


Program Requirements

Textbook

Required reading: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

Student Expectations

Students are expected to attend every class session and be engaged during all lectures, guest speakers and group activities. This academy will offer the opportunity for academic and experiential learning, the expectation is that all students come prepared to take full advantage of what is presented.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.


Typical Day

Tentative Schedule*

    • 9:00am – approximately 12:00pm: Morning Class – includes lecture and overview of various topics in Sport Analytics

      Summer College Sport Analytics students at the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Rink
      Summer College Sport Analytics students at the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Rink
    • 12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
    • 1:30pm – 2:30pm Guest Speaker and/or continuation of lecture from morning session
    • 2:45pm – 4:30pm Programming & Group Work

*While this is a sample structure, each day may look different and what will be covered could vary day to day.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

As part of this academy, students will be exposed to industry professionals in the analytics industry at their site of competition. Examples of field trips could include visits to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, major professional sports teams (i.e. NHL, MLB, NFL), as well as various minor league sport organizations.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on their session end dates after 4:30pm upon the completion of their final class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.


Faculty Bio

Shane Sanders, Ph.D. Associate Professor

With published research in the fields of behavioral sports economics, applied econometrics, applied game theory and the political economy, Shane Sanders joined Syracuse University from Western Illinois University in Fall 2016. At WIU, Sanders served as the Cecil P. McDonough Endowed Professor of Economics.

Sanders is presently Associate Editor of the Academy of Economics & Finance Journal. His research portfolio includes recent peer-reviewed journal articles in the Journal of Sport Economics, Economics Letters, Public Choice, Theory & Decision, European Journal of Political Economy, Mathematical Social Science, and Southern Economic Journal, among others. Sanders completed a PhD in economics (with field specializations in econometrics and applied game theory) from Kansas State University in 2007. In 2002, he completed a BA in economics with a minor in mathematics from Indiana University Bloomington (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

During his career, Sanders has won awards for both his research and for his teaching efforts. He has also published journal articles with six students in recent years.

Since 2017, Sanders has conducted analytic personnel scouting for a EuroLeague basketball team. In 2017, he supported a roster overhaul for the team that resulted in the team winning its first domestic league title in four years. Sanders also serves as faculty advisor to the SPM Basketball Analytics Club, the Basketball Club Team, and the Spikeball Club Team.

Education
Ph.D., Economics – Kansas State University, 2007

Justin Ehrlich, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Ehrlich taught as an associate professor at Western Illinois University, School of Computer Sciences, since 2010 in Macomb, IL. There, he specialized in data visualization, visual analytics, sport data computation and analysis, machine learning, computer graphics, virtual reality, server-side development, languages and technology. He taught several courses such as Topics of Computer Science: Data Visualization, Operating Systems, Advanced Computer Graphics, Server-Side Development, and served as chair of the Council for Instructional Technology and chair of the IT Governance Executive Committee. He previously worked as an AViSSS (Animated Visual Supports for Social Skills) lead software developer for the University of Kansas and has held roles such as ASP.net developer for Nomise Systems and lead developer for HSSportsTV.net, both in Wichita, KS.

Ehrlich has published several papers in sport data visualization and analysis in Public Choice, Mathematical Social Sciences, Games, and the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sport. He has conducted many talks and live demonstrations on sport data computation, visualization, and analysis that incorporate use of Tableau (with VizQL), R, Python, and D3.

Ehrlich’s research has received support from the U.S. Department of Education, the U3E, and from Falk College. He was awarded the Moore Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the University of Kansas School of Engineering, the Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching with Technology from Western Illinois University, and several awards from WIU’s College of Business and Technology.

Ehrlich earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Kansas in 2010. His dissertation was titled, “The Effect of Desktop Illumination Realism on Presence and Generalization in a Virtual Learning Environment.” He also holds a computer science M.S. earned in 2007 from Wichita State University, and an accounting and business administration B.B.A., earned in 2004 from Friends University in Wichita, KS.

Education
Ph.D., Computer Science – University of Kansas, 2010

Jeremy Losak, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Losak was a graduate assistant in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University. His teaching experience includes positions as teaching assistant for Sport Economics, teaching assistant and later head teaching assistant for Undergraduate Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, and teaching assistant for Managerial Economics. In the sports industry, he was a baseball analytics consultant for Wasserman Media Group, marketing analytics consultant for The Madison Square Garden Company, and analytics intern for the Auburn Doubledays.

Losak’s research focus is in sports economics, particularly sport labor markets and betting markets. He is published in Managerial Finance and in the Academy of Economics and Finance Journal. He has given several presentations at venues such as the 2019 Eastern Economic Association Conference in New York, NY; the 2018 Southern Economic Association in Washington, DC; the 2018 Missouri Valley Economic Association’s Sports Economics Session in Memphis, TN, and; the Center for Research in Sports Administration’s Sports, Data, and Journalism Conference at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.

Losak is the recipient of a Junior Researcher Award for the 2018 Sports, Data, and Journalism Conference at the University of Zurich and the Distinguished Student Paper Award at the 2018 Missouri Valley Economic Association Conference. He is also the recipient of travel grants from the Institute for Humane Studies Hayek Fund and Clemson Graduate Travel Grant Service. He was named a 2016 Falk College Class Marshal and a Falk College Scholar while at Syracuse University.

Losak earned a Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University in 2019 where he was a Koch Fellow in the John E. Walker Department of Economics. He also earned a B.S. in sport management from Syracuse University’s Falk College in 2016.

Education

Ph.D. in Economics – Clemson University, 2019
B.S. in Sport Management – Syracuse University, 2016