Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business

A Numbers Game: How Stats Can Improve Super Bowl and Other Sports Play

Submitted: 2/2/2010 15:31:08
  • Well-known sports analytics blogger Wayne Winston will speak at the UC College of Business about the value of quantitative analysis in sports.

This Super Bowl season, the most exciting thing on the field isn't the cheerleaders, the halftime show, or even the big-name players?it's the numbers. Not those six-foot painted digits delineating each 10-yard line, but the statistics behind the plays. According to Wayne Winston's February 4 seminar at the University of Cincinnati College of Business, teams in sports from basketball to baseball to football can use math to make their games better.

"Mathletics: The Math of Winning" is the topic of Winston's talk, scheduled for 4 p.m. in room 108 of Carl H. Lindner Hall. Winston is the John and Esther Reese Professor of Decision Sciences at Indiana University and is a well-known sports blogger and author. His talk, hosted by the Quantitative Analysis and Operations Management Department, will cover methods for rating teams, players and lineups as well as the impact of math on in-game decision making. The seminar is open to the public. Space is limited, so anyone interested in attending should contact Michael Magazine, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in the Quantitative Analysis and Operations Management Department, at (513) 556-7191.

A long-time fan of both sports and mathematical modeling, Winston manages an extremely popular sports blog at waynewinston.com. He has written 13 books and won over 30 teaching awards. Recently he developed two online courses (Spreadsheet Modeling and Mathematics for Management) for Harvard Business School. He is also a two time Jeopardy! Champion.

Winston's second public talk at UC, regarding teaching spreadsheet modeling, will no longer take place on February 5 but will be rescheduled to a later date.

Both talks are hosted by the Department of Quantitative Analysis and Operations Management, which delivers graduates skilled in the analysis of data, the formulation and solution of models of business problems and the use of information technology. The department has degree offerings at the undergraduate, MBA, MS and PhD levels, and next fall's curriculum will even include an honors course on sports analytics.