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HSAC featured in Harvard Crimson

On December 3rd, Harvard Crimson writer Christina McClintock published ‘Pair of Students Get Jobs in Pros.’ The article focuses on HSAC and basketball analytics. Read it here.

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When Giving Up a Free Touchdown Pays Off: Packers vs. Bears

By Ari Rubin and Daniel Granoff With 1:40 left in last night’s Monday Night Football game, Bears fans prayed that their team wouldn’t turn the ball over or continue its impressive skill of messing up on the goal line. Chicago … Continue reading

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HSAC in ESPN The Magazine

Check out the September 20th edition of ESPN The Magazine. A piece on HSAC, written by Brett Zarda, appears on Page 40. Click the link below to see the article. HSAC in ESPN The Magazine

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Butler and Its Home-Court Advantage

By Jake Fisher This Saturday, two No. 5 seeds, Butler and Michigan State, will kick off Final Four weekend. Butler, the Cinderella out of the Horizon League, is on a 24-game winning streak. Michigan State has beaten the odds as … Continue reading

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Getting Down to Business: Part 2

By Jake Fisher In the first installment of this series, I looked at team values provided by Forbes. According to regression analysis, team value is a function of team revenue. I also looked at the correlation between a team’s winning … Continue reading

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Getting Down to Business: Part 1

By Jake Fisher As the title suggests, this multi-part series of posts will take a step off the field and into the front office. The goal of the series is to examine some of the intricacies of the sports industry. … Continue reading

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HSAC To Appear in Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports

A paper written by HSAC has been accepted into the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports! This will be the second paper HSAC has published in JQAS. HSAC’s first appearance in the journal came in 2007, when the club looked … Continue reading

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Weighing In On NFL Running Backs: Is Bigger Always Better?

By Jake Fisher and Elizabeth Fryman NFL running backs come in all shapes and sizes. Relative to other backs, Darren McFadden is tall (6’2) and skinny (210 lbs). Jerome Bettis was average (5’11) and large (255 lbs). The question we … Continue reading

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Television and the Potential NFL Lockout

By Jake Fisher

The Washington Post reported two weeks ago that NFL television ratings are the highest they’ve been in 20 years. Obviously, this is good news for business.

The National Football League, as a business, is the king of the sports world. The NFL raked in $7.6 billion in 2008, making it the planet’s richest league. But the NFL, just like any business in a recession, is not immune to downturn. Like the Corleone family had the Tattaglias, the NFL business has its own daunting obstacles.

Possibly the greatest threat to the NFL’s short-term economic stability is the potential lockout in the 2011 season. Let’s take a look at the debate surrounding this impending work stoppage and the history of sports lockouts/strikes to see how NFL business could be affected. Continue reading

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NFL Running Back Strategies

By Jake Fisher Last NFL season, I looked at how single-back rushing systems (one primary running back) compared to multi-back rushing attacks. It turned out that multi-back teams ran the ball slightly better. 

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