What do you get when you combine Sport Management and Mathematics? For junior Chris Greve, the answer is simple. You get Neumann University’s first Moneyball club. Greve, a Sport Management major with a minor in Mathematics, looks at sports with an analytic eye, and he started the club to encourage others to do the same.
In his book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, author Michael Lewis coined the term Moneyball. It refers to when a baseball team analyzes the market for baseball players, buys what is undervalued, and sells what is overvalued.
Greve has a profound interest in statistics relating to all sports, especially baseball.
The Moneyball Club started this semester under the guidance of Dr. Caleb Mezzy and Dr. Ryan Savitz. The group of approximately ten students would meet every other week. The club covers different topics relating to sports and analytics.
At a recent meeting, club members reviewed the position of cornerback in the NFL and created a statistic that tracked how well players in this position guard their opponents.
In an effort to expose more students to the club, a mock NFL draft complete with a commissioner, aka Dr. Mezzy, was held on April 28, 2022.
“We had about ten people at our first meeting, and we had 30 at the mock draft. My goal was to do something really fun that appeals to everyone who likes sports. I’m hoping that we get more people to join the club,” he said of the draft.
During the draft, students acted as NFL team owners. They would whisper their pick to the commissioner, and the commissioner would announce the selection. The goal was to make the mock draft as realistic as the actual draft.
Greve has completed two internships and recently landed his third at Own the Moment, a fantasy sports gaming and NFT (Non-Fungible Token) collecting company, working as a data intern. One of his internships was with the Nor-Gyn Packers, a baseball team in the Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. At this internship, he was able to showcase his love for analytics.
“My main task was to record stats for every game. I would write reports for the coaches and the general manager about player performance. I would give my advice too. I was the first person they ever hired to do that, and it was really interesting,” he said.
Greve is the president of the Moneyball Club, Pat Leighton is the vice president, Noah Froshour is the secretary, and Bob Cohen is the treasurer. While most current members are sport management majors, the club is open to all students.
“You don’t have to be in Sport Management or be a math major to be in the club. If you like sports or math, I think it would be a fun club to get involved in,” he explained.
Greve plans to have guest speakers at club meetings in the fall. He would also like to see the club members attend college analytics conferences offered by major sporting leagues around the country.
Follow the club on Instagram at @moneyballnu and check out Greve’s Analytics with Chris website. The website features various projects that Greve has done in conjunction with analytics which he refers to as the “future of the sport industry.