The effects of team heterogeneity on a team’s win percentage are measured using panel data from the 2002-2008 National Basketball Association (NBA). Technology increases have allowed global firms the options of hiring international workers. This thesis shows the benefits and problems associated with employing a geographical diverse workforce in the NBA. The Herfindahl-Hirshman Index was used to measure team diversity for the 30 NBA teams, which is regressed against regular season win percentage. The original results were not significant, but further regressions showed that increases in HHI and diversity, led to higher win percentages.
This study looks to explore ‘superstar’ influences within the National Basketball Association. ‘Superstars’ are players awarded accolades by sportscasters and sport writers through their exceptional play. Through looking at variables integral to determining the outcome of basketball games, the addition of ‘superstar’ variables should explain the exact influence that recognized players have. I apply a lag to the ‘superstar’ influences on account of player’s reputations for success before they are awarded, controlling for a constant value.
In the year 2005 the National Basketball Association (NBA) implemented a new policy to its collective bargaining agreement (CBA). This new policy, Article X, said that a player entering the NBA draft must be at least 19 years old and a calendar year has passed since his graduation from high school for him to be eligible to enter the NBA Draft. This new policy forced many talented high school athletes to attend one year of college before entering the professional game, hence the “one and done rule.” This influx of talented freshman into college basketball may have shifted the competitive balance of NCAA Division I men’s basketball. A cross sectional time series analysis is used to investigate this claim, that the introduction of Article X affected the competitive balance of college basketball. The deviation of the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index of average conference winning percentage is used as the dependent measure of competitive balance in the regression equation. The main purpose of this study is to discover whether competitive balance in collegiate sports is affected by policies of their professional counterparts.
This thesis examines the impact that men’s college basketball success has on the quantity and quality of student applications over the two years following the school’s basketball success. The quantity of applications as well as SAT and ACT scores sent to the schools following NCAA tournament success serve as dependent variables. By examining how far a team goes in the NCAA tournament and its impact on their schools applicant pool, this thesis will assess whether men’s college basketball teams act as an advertising tool for their respective schools.
This study investigates a superstar’s affect on the value of different NBA teams. Two team’s values were examined over the course of ten years and then used to explore the statistical value of that player on each franchise. Recent literature has examined the impact of star power on NBA gate revenues and the effect NBA player’s have on policy and our economy but none has explored LeBron James’ significance to the two teams he has played for. The evidence presented suggests LeBron’s star power is more valuable to Cleveland. Additional empirical results are reported in the text.
This paper investigates the influence of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men’s basketball and football scandals on the quantity and quality of collegiate applicants. Athletic, academic, and socioeconomic data from the past 16 years are used to examine the immediate and lasting effects of an athletic scandal. The occurrence of a football or basketball scandal increased both the quantity and quality of applicants.
Head Coach Liz Campbell -- along with student athletes Melanie Auguste, Eliese Hansberry, Emily Wattman-Turner and Alyssa Kallweit -- talks about the Colorado College Women's Basketball Team. The nationally-ranked, NCAA Division III team, which is now a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, plays an intense up-tempo game with plenty of opportunities to earn playing time. Students benefit from CC's outstanding academic reputation, the advantages of the Block Plan and outdoor recreational activities.