First Pitch is a sports business case competition for top MBA students. The 2011 competition was sponsored by AECOM, a Fortune 500 corporation that provides professional technical and management support services for a broad range of markets, including the sports industry. Teams were presented with a current sports business situation facing AECOM and were asked to analyze it and present their recommendations. 15 teams from top global MBA programs participated.
Snapshot of the case
AECOM has determined that defining and measuring success for sports-driven major capital programs would be a value-added service to the host city by improving its ability to achieve value and demonstrate the value to its stakeholders. As head of AECOM Sport, you plan to bid AECOM’s services for Rio 2016, the Summer Olympic Games. You are scheduled to meet with representatives from the local organizing committee and government. Provide a presentation that defines the key success factors for this sports-driven capital program and outlines the methodology to best measure success.
The top three teams presented at the 5th MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday, March 5th
MIT Sloan School of Management – Rafael Alvarez Vallina, Joshua Moskowitz, Justin Colson (presentation can be found here)
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth – Andrew C. Brown, Sebastian Monard, Terry Farmer (presentation can be found here)
UCLA Anderson School of Management – Nanette Yang, Ryan Lanphere, Marissa Bataille
(presentation can be found here)