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    COLLEGE CHARACTERISTICS AND THEIR IMPACT ON ADVANCING PLAYERS INTO THE NFL by Kwiecinski, Nathan

    This thesis analyzes the impact of college characteristics on the advancement of players into the NFL by examining data from the BIG-10, BIG-12, ACC, and SEC college football programs over the years of 2015-2017. By using an ordinary least squares regression, it is found that recruiting class rank, coach’s salary, average attendance and strength of schedule resulted in having a positive effect on advancing players into the NFL.

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    The determinants of NFL viewership : evidence from Nielsen ratings by Carney, Shannon , Fenn, Aju J.

    Television ratings provide a measure of the number of viewers for every NFL football game, however these ratings do not reveal the viewers' motivation for watching the game. Using Nielsen ratings for locally televised NFL football games, this study investigates the determinants of NFL viewership. Data are compiled for 496 NFL games during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The results suggest evidence of race, team success, and the closeness of the contest as significant determinants of NFL viewership.

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    The Effect of Off-Field Illicit Acts on Player Salaries in the National Football League by Gillis, Molly

    This paper examines the impact of crime on National Football League salaries. To evaluate the impact of crime, this paper uses on-field performance statistics from 2009-2018 seasons that was scraped from NFL.com and annual salary data from both USA Today NFL Salary Database and the Spotrac Salary Rankings Database. This study analyzes this data using an ordinary least squares regression model. It is important to note that the data for on-field statistics is not specific for each position used in this model and is limited due to the use of previously scraped data. In addition, it is important to note that there is an insignificant number of players who committed crimes in relation to the total number of players observed. Therefore, the regression results are insignificant. However, the results do suggest that if an NFL player commits a crime, it is likely that there will be no repercussions from the NFL regarding the player’s salary.

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    BEYOND THE GAME: THE ROLE OF CHARACTER AND TALENT IN THE NFL DRAFT by Conlon, Rae Emily

    This paper examines the impact of character and talent on whether a running back is drafted and on the draft position of that player. Talent is represented by a variety of college and combine statistics. The paper also examines if draft day character and talent measures explain that player’s NFL productivity, measured after 2, 3, 4 & 5 seasons. Data include 374 running backs that played in the NFL from 1999-2018.

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    The Emerging Athlete Stock Exchange by Riley, Thomas Andres

    The paper presented explores the current use and future implications of the securitization of professional athletes’ future income streams. Including both off-field financial variables, and on-field game variables, this study seeks to inform both investors and athletes alike of the attractive traits that lead to success in the athlete tracking stock market and growth in an individual athletes tracking stock. Using a single OLS model, the paper discovers the variables that carry significance in determining short-run growth of an athlete tracking stock. The model incorporates figures from Fantex Inc, the global leader in issuing and trading athlete tracking stocks, with figures from six NFL athletes from the 2013-2017 seasons. The observations should serve as preliminary analysis of an enticing, fast-growing financial market.

  • Thumbnail for BEYOND THE GAME: THE ROLE OF CHARACTER AND TALENT IN THE NFL DRAFT
    BEYOND THE GAME: THE ROLE OF CHARACTER AND TALENT IN THE NFL DRAFT by Conlon, Rae

    This paper examines the impact of character and talent on whether a running back is drafted and on the draft position of that player. Talent is represented by a variety of college and combine statistics. The paper also examines if draft day character and talent measures explain that player’s NFL productivity, measured after 2, 3, 4 & 5 seasons. Data include 374 running backs that played in the NFL from 1999-2018.