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Joseph S

- Research Program Mentor

MS at Syracuse University


Sport Analytics and Data Science


Hello! I am Joey Sabel, a graduate of Syracuse University's Applied Data Science Master's program. I finished my degree in Sport Analytics in May 2020 where I worked on several projects with the football recruiting department and with professors. I finished up my degree with a thesis project where I predicted attendance for expansion and relocation teams in the Big 4 US sports leagues and ended up presenting my findings at the Academy of Economics and Finance Conference in February 2020. This year I presented a paper about whether there was a change in home field advantage in the 2020 MLB season at the SABR conference in March. I have a lot of interest in baseball, football, and hockey when it comes to doing sport analytics research, but I have diverse interests in lots of other subjects as well. I have done lots of projects on the demographics of US cities and I think it is interesting to see how they can influence things from restaurant locations to sports team locations. My interest in mentoring comes from me having to do everything on my own when it came to starting my college journey. My parents are in different fields from what I studied so I couldn't really go to them for help when I had questions, so I want to be able to be a source where people can come to ask questions about anything. I am currently working at Deloitte in the consulting practice.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Stadium and Attendance Project

I have data on stadium capacities and season attendance numbers from all of the Big 4 leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) going back 20+ years (up to 2021). Maybe some interesting insights can be found from that? It would be up to the students to come up with where to go on this project!

Why ___ will be the next successful sports city.

*Note this is a very complex project* After the run of dominance of Boston in the first 20 years of the 2000's winning 12 combined championships among the four teams, which city is next primed to be a powerhouse for the next 20 years? Things to take a look at might include young talent on teams, new hires in front offices, economic development in cities, or maybe something else.

Do companies see good stock price returns after Super Bowl ads?

Everyone knows to expect ads from companies like Coke, Doritos (owned by Pepsi), beer companies, insurance companies, and more, but when these companies put out "good ads" do they see more of a change in stock price than those that put out "bad ads"?

Coding skills

R, SQL, Python

Teaching experience

At Polygence, my students have completed 7+ projects with topics ranging from Investigating Sports Cards as an Asset Class to Finding Patterns between Club Loft and Swing Size in a Short Game to Analyzing the Media Rights, Salary Cap, Player Salary and Statistics of the IPL Compared to Other Professional Leagues Worldwide. I was a TA for three classes at Syracuse University, Sport Data Analysis I, Sport Economics II, and Data Visualization. I help students understand difficult concepts in subject areas they might not be too familiar with. I have done a lot of my work in the R programming language and that is the main programming language of the three courses I have TA'd for.


Work experience

Syracuse University (2020 - 2020)
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Costa EV Analytics (2020 - 2020)
Quantitative Analyst Intern
Deloitte Consulting (2021 - 2023)
Strategy Analyst
Deloitte (2023 - Current)
Strategy Consultant


Syracuse University
BS Bachelor of Science (2020)
Sport Analytics
Syracuse University
MS Master of Science (2021)
Applied Data Science

Completed Projects

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