First Pitch Case Competition

2019 First Pitch Case Competition

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Every year, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference hosts the First Pitch Case Competition for top graduate students from around the globe who are attending the conference. The competition focuses on the evaluation and analysis of a major sports organization’s most challenging issues, while providing a networking and educational platform for graduate students with sports career aspirations.

In teams of three, students are tasked with analyzing provided data and recommending solutions for a challenging sports business issue. Three finalist teams are then selected to present in front of an open audience at the conference. Previous years cases have been developed in conjunction with Ticketmaster, Zebra Technologies, MLB Advanced Media, the NFL, and AECOM.

This year’s competition looks to help Eventellect and the Jacksonville Jaguars evaluate a hypothetical revenue increasing opportunity for NFL teams. For your chance to compete, please register at by 14th January 2019.

2019 Timeline

Sign-up Deadline*January 10th 2018
Distribution of Case MaterialsJanuary 20th 2018
Deadline for Opening Round SubmissionsJanuary 30th 2018
Finalist Teams NotifiedFebruary 15th 2018
Final Round Live PresentationsFebruary 24th 2018
Winners AnnouncedFebruary 24th 2018

*Please note in order to sign up a team for the First Pitch Case Competition, all three team members must have tickets to attend the 2019 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.


Teams must consist of three (3) current students from the same graduate program. All team members must be registered and have paid for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at the time of registering for First Pitch. There will be no additional fee to participate in First Pitch.