Title

Valuing a running back

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Publication Date

4-26-2019

Department

Economics

Abstract

The National Football League has had its fair share of controversy in the past year. One of these surrounds the value that organizations place on players and more specifically on the running back position. Le’veon Bell is at the center of this discussion and voices a strong opinion about his high value. However, the running back position has been belittled of late as it is now described as an extremely “interchangeable” position. (The term “interchangeable” is referring to the opinion that production from the position is not necessarily correlated with the skill at that position). Using data including production statistics from the running backs as well as their interaction with other positions from the past 3 years, an indirect model was used to explore this issue. The results may help front offices in their pursuit to maximize team performance while minimizing team cost.

Comments

Presented at the Eighth Annual Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association in Rochester, New York, April 26-27, 2019.

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