You may choose to write about one of the following three topics.
1. Evaluation of managerial decision making in professional sports teams is an important area of research in sports economics and analytics. Examples of such decisions are: whether to sack a head coach after a poor performance; whether to buy new players in the January transfer market; or, if and when a player should be substituted in a football game. Propose a managerial decision to consider and discuss its relevance in sports business and management. Explain how you would evaluate decisions made, proposing a regression model (or an alternative analytical approach). If possible, provide evidence of your conclusions and argument based on data.
2. Consider the introduction of a salary cup in football. Explain, using economic intuition, what the expected effect of the salary cap would be on:
a) the finance of football,
b) competitive balance, and
c) quality of the game.
Discuss how you would estimate these effects using a regression analysis. Provide a general conclusion about the advantages and disadvantages of a salary cap.
3. Discuss the consequences of Financial Fair Play rules on: i) performance of teams,
ii) competitive balance in national leagues, and in the European Champions League, and
iii) club profits.
Provide evidence of the impact of similar measures in other sports or countries. Explain a regression model (or any other analytical approach) that you could use to estimate these impacts.
This project counts for 40% of your final module mark. The guideline word count is 2,500. You should try to write in the style of an academic article demonstrating an appreciation for scientific rigour, accuracy and unbiasedness at all times. Where appropriate you should support your work using relevant citations (news articles, websites, academic articles, and books are all acceptable forms of evidence), examples, and data.
You must submit an individual report, but you are free to talk about your work, and even perform your work in groups. If you do choose to work as part of a group, you must make it clear on your submitted report which other students you worked with.
More about the Coursework:
The maximum length of the component is 2,500 words and includes tables, figures, appendices, footnotes etc. Any coursework exceeding 2,500 words will incur a penalty of 5% deducted from the coursework mark for every thousand words or part thereof exceeding the maximum length.
requires dual submission. You must hand in a hard copy to the Student Support Office (post into the white submission boxes outside the office). Your group must also submit a soft copy via Turnitin, which is a plagiarism and collusion detection system. If a copy is not submited to Turnitin the assessment will not be marked. Failure to submit an identical version via Turnitin compared to your hard copy will attract a penalty of 10 marks.
To submit via Turnitin, you go to the assessment area for the module on VITAL and you will find a link for the coursework. Click on View/Complete and then on the “submit” icon for the paper. You are then prompted to submit a title for the paper. Use the “browse” button to locate the file you want to submit,
click “submit”. You will then be asked to confirm that you want to submit by clicking the “Yes, submit” button.
Sports economics and analytics is a subject which is learned by doing. You MUST read the suggested papers, but should also take the opportunity to engage in economic and analytical thinking.
For exam preparation, one example of a paper is available on VITAL.
For coursework elements, students are reminded that at post-graduate level work should be referenced fully and that ‘wikipedia’ is not a valid academic reference.
Students are reminded that the following important information is published in the ULMS Postgraduate Student Handbook, available online at:
The information includes advice on:
• How to reference your work
• Lateness penalties
• What to do if you require an extension
• The marking criteria that will be used for this module • Re-sits
Free riders will not be tolerated on this module. Should you have any problems with a group member, a YELLOW CARD may be issued to the offending person. Should the problem continue, a RED CARD may be issued, which means that the recipient must complete the task alone or may fail this component of the module.
Students should prepare for lectures, reading the proposed papers.
The assessed coursework element will be marked and returned to the student with comments (see section 7 ‘assessment’).
General feedback on the final examination detailing common areas of difficulty (and success) will be made available in VITAL after the examination and should help students to understand their own exam performance. For those requiring further clarification, a period after the examinations will be announced on VITAL in which students can make appointments for individual examination counselling. However, individual examination counselling does not constitute a means of appeal against examination marks, which are finalized via a comprehensive and rigorous examination process and are therefore final.