GETTING A KICK OUT OF FINANCE: A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF SOCCER’S TRANSFER MARKET
Blair, Richard Joseph
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Dr. Robert Alexander Novack, Thesis Supervisor Dr. Brian Spangler Davis, Honors Advisor
Richard Joseph Blair Finance Statistics Soccer Sports Moneyball Valuation Model
This thesis attempts to determine if “Moneyball,” an analytical approach utilizing data, can be applied to soccer in an effort to accurately determine player value. There is often a subjective quality to valuing athletes; however, the development of sabermetrics and their application with Moneyball have allowed general managers the opportunity to objectively analyze players. Intrinsic value can be determined therein and roster management decisions can occur without behavioral finance components.