Sports Analytics Research

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Chelsea FC’s Social Media Following May Not Come from Where You Would Expect
Most of the English Premier League Club’s Twitter overall followers are from African nations, while smaller populated nations like Botswana, the Maldives, and Malta make their way into the top 5 per-capita followership.  
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The Magic Goal Differential For Survival in Big 4 European Football Leagues
Goal differential is a strong indicator of success in European football; the best teams have high goal differentials, and the relegated teams have low goal differentials. However, is there a magical number to ensure survival? This study dives into the highs and lows of goal differential in European football and attempts to find the magic number for the Big 4 leagues. 
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Second Year Syndrome: Why Promoted Bundesliga teams Take Longer to Find Stability than Teams in the Serie A, La Liga, and EPL
Second Season Syndrome is a term used in European football when a newly promoted club survives year one and gets relegated year two. We collected data from the Bundesliga, EPL, La Liga, and Serie A over the last 15 years in order to determine is this truly is a trend amongst newly promoted football team. Our results indicate teams in the Bundesliga are significantly more likely to fall prey to Second Season Syndrome than teams in the other three leagues. 
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Where Should NFL Teams Invest Their Financial Resources?
This is a study of National Football League (NFL) teams’ spending on specific positions relative to the allowable salary cap space, which dictates how much team can spend on player salaries in a given season. By studying some of the most and least successful teams in recent memory, we can discover which positions require the most financial investment for a team to be successful.  
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Ronald Acuna Jr. is a Future MVP
Baseball season finally kicked off on April 1, 2021 and it’s had an exciting start.  
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Sports Analytics Student Research Highlighted on Sports Talk 99.5 FM
Samford senior finance and sports analytics student Samuel Leonard’s research on how the current RPI model used by the NCAA to select teams for the Baseball College World Series favors Power Five teams – particularly those from the north – was discussed in detail on Sports Talk 99.5 FM.