First Pitch



Participation in the competition is free, but it is a requirement that each participant be a registered and ticket-holding attendee of the conference. About one to two months before the conference, case specifics will be released and teams will have 2 weeks to work on their submission. At the conference in February-March, finalists from the top three selected teams will present their solutions to a panel of industry and business leaders and prizes will be awarded to the winners.


• Registration Opens:December 26thRegister Here
• Registration Deadline:February 4th
• Materials Sent to Teams:February 6th (tentative)
• Submissions Due:February 16th (tentative)
• Finalists Announced:February 25th (tentative)
• Conference Dates: February 28th & March 1st


• The 2014 competition is anticipated to be for currently-enrolled MBA students (an undergrad competition is not currently planned for this year)
• Teams must consist of three members from a given MBA program
• All team members must purchase tickets to be eligible for the competition (tickets going fast, please don’t wait)
• Each school will be limited to no more than two teams
• The top three entries will be blind-judged and selected to present to our panel of judges at the 2014 conference
• Registration will open in December, with the case likely to follow in January

The 2013 conference featured the third annual First Pitch MBA Sports Business Case Competition as well as a new and distinct undergraduate branch of the competition. The competition was sponsored by MLB Advanced Media and  provided students a forum to analyze and suggest solutions for a challenging business issue.

•Registration: Teams of 3 full-time MBA or undergraduate students registered by January 4th.
•1st Round: Teams received the case on January 25th and had two weeks to submit their findings.
•Finals: On Friday, March 1st at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the three finalists presented to a panel of judges who are industry and business leaders.

The winning teams received cash prizes, MLB.TV Premium subscriptions, iPad Minis, and an MLBAM Baseball Experience Day.

Details for the 2014 event will be posted in the fall of 2013. Contact with questions.

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2013 MBA Finalists
•Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (Winner)
•University of Chicago Booth School of Business
•Columbia Business School

2013 First Pitch MBA Winners – The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth – represented by Chuck Culp, Jon Ryder, and Dave Sibley

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2013 Undergraduate Finalists
•Queen’s University (Winner)
•Laurentian University
•Ohio University

2013 First Pitch Undergraduate Winners – Queen’s University represented by Josh Hoffman, Devon MacMurray, and Sam Petras