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    The effects of employee heterogeneity on firm performance : measuring the impact of international diversity in the National Basketball Association by Mayo-Smith, Chris

    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.

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    Attendance in the National Basketball Association by Taylor, Moses

    The National Basketball Association (NBA) is not only a sports entertainment industry, it is also a business. The main profit function for the NBA is the attendance rating. Studies have examined the details of how this powerful business survives, but none have explored the specific link between all-star players and the attendance rating. This study presents an attendance maximization model that attempts to determine if the presence of an all-star player increases the attendance rating. An Ordinary Least Squares regression model is used to identify the determinants of what different independent variables have on the attendance rating. Results indicate that the true variable to increase the attendance at NBA games is the amount a team wins during the season. Other variables that were found to be significant were the city population, the amount of gate revenue, how many championships a team has won, the real ticket price, and the arena age.

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    Cost of winning in the NHL by Boivin, Michael

    This thesis investigates the factors and cost of a winning NHL franchise. The objective is to learn areas of the team statistics which to improve upon to have a successful team which makes playoffs. The study found that shots on goal and payroll were two variables that a general manager could increase and would results in more wins per season and in some cases taking a team who misses playoffs to a playoff team.