Are you a sports fan that’s bored with traditional coverage of the world of sports? You have come to the right place. This page will highlight “analytic oriented” information on the sports we all love to watch that you can’t find elsewhere on the web. And you don’t need to Ph.D. in statistics to comprehend what you will find here. From the hallowed grass of Wimbledon to the gridiron of the Iron Bowl, the research you find here will present you with a completely different view of the game, whatever your favorite sport might be.
Most articles are written by Samford University faculty, sports industry professionals that partner with Samford or students in one of the four sports oriented academic programs on campus (sports media in the Journalism and Mass Communications department, sports administration in the department of Kinesiology, sports marketing in the Brock School of Business, and sports medicine in the School of Health Professions).
Despite NFL Missteps, Research Says Fan Engagement Has Increased
The First of a Three-Part Series Based on a Joint Research Study Between Tigris Sponsorship and Marketing and the Samford University Center for Sports Analytics.
Will the Transfer Portal Make College Football More Competitive?
The transfer portal was created by the NCAA to simplify the transfer process for student-athletes. Division I College Football stands out as the main sport impacted by this change. This conjures the question of whether the transfer portal will increase the level of competitiveness within college football?
Tennis’s Big 3: Who is the GOAT?
This article will statistically show the dominance of tennis’s Big 3: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. Then, it will determine if one is clearly the greatest in the sport.
Which Power 5 Conference Has the Most Fair-Weather Fans?
Having a passionate, devoted fan base is a source of pride for many college athletic programs, and people often argue about which of the Power 5 conferences has the most loyal following. In this article, we use correlation analysis to measure the dedication of fans in each major conference in hopes that we can settle this debate once and for all.
How College Football’s Final Four Made It There: Offense or Defense?
This article will look at the final four teams who participated in the College Football Playoff this last season. It will observe all four teams on both sides of the ball, attempting to find a common denominator in college football success, or proving that there is more than one way to get there.
The Best Teams Heading Into the 2019 College Football Season
As the 2019 college football season approaches, teams are preparing to make a run for the College Football Playoff. This article will observe which teams in the NCAA seem to have the best chance of filling one of the final four spots heading into the season.
The Bright Future of the MLB
This article will observe the top 7 young stars in the MLB that are currently under the age of 25. The chart that is included within this article examines batting average, home runs, hits, and many more stats. This aims to show which stars could be good for the long haul in professional baseball.
Should the NBA Eliminate the One-and-Done Rule?
The one-and-done rule raised the NBA's age limit from 18 to 19 and, in doing so, gave young basketball players more time to develop their skills and physically mature before entering the NBA draft. This article seeks to determine whether or not that extra year made the young players more likely to succeed within the first several years of their professional careers.
Social Media and European Football
This article will discuss the top eight European football clubs that have the largest following on social media. This article will look at Twitter and Instagram specifically and will also discuss how social media can impact the club and specific players of each team that is mentioned.
Summer of the Transfers in Europe
This article will compare four leagues in European football and see which club from each league has spent the most amount of money during this summer’s transfer window. The charts that will be included will look at expenditures, departures, arrivals, and gain in income. This article will also mention the top three summer transfers from each league.
Who is Hailie Deegan, and why could she become the new face of NASCAR?
This article details how Hailie Deegan has quickly become a social media celebrity and how she is poised to be the next possible face of NASCAR with her marketable personality and great driving.
An Analysis of NBA Teams’ Spending by Position for the Upcoming Season
This article takes a statistical look at how NBA teams are paying their players in the 2019-2020 season. It will break down how this money is spent by teams, their salaries, and by position.
The Most Important Aspect to Winning Football Games from Last Year’s NFL Season
This article will observe the linear regression lines between each NFL team’s 2018 regular season win total with the following four categories: pass offense, rush offense, pass defense, and rush defense. It aims to answer the question of which aspect of football is most crucial to winning in the NFL.
Why Having This Year’s Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl is a Genius Marketing Move by the NHL
This article details the reasons why having a Winter Classic in the south with two southern powerhouses will increase league interest of fans in the Southeast region.
MLB Teams with the Best Odds of Making a World Series Run
This article will use statistical analysis and predictions from fangraphs.com to explore which MLB teams have the best chances of making it to the World Series and winning a championship.
What Does It Take to Win at a Superspeedway?
In NASCAR, superspeedways host the most exhilarating races because their conditions enable drivers to reach extraordinarily high speeds. This article will look at the last 10 Cup series in order to determine which drivers and cars are most successful on these types of tracks.
Every Team’s Best Player from the Las Vegas Summer League
This article is simply a list of each NBA team paired with their most statistically impressive player from the 2019 Summer League in Las Vegas.
Batting, Pitching, or Fielding: What’s Most Important in Today’s MLB?
This article will compare the winning percentages of every MLB team this season with their corresponding batting averages, ERAs, and fielding percentages to determine which area of the sport is most important in today’s league.