ICS Lecture Series

ICS Lecture Series

Fall 2014

WAR Games: How the Sports Media Assesses and Addresses Value in the Age of Sabermetrics

Presented by Jason Genovese and Matthew Perakovich
Tuesday, October 14 at 5:00pm in Hartline G40

Today, Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises commonly employ advanced statistical analysis, also known as sabermetrics, for the purpose of better measuring players’ in-game performance. Michael Lewis’ bestselling book Moneyball (2004) and the Academy Award nominated film adaptation starring Brad Pitt in 2011 publicized the Oakland A’s innovative adoption of this empirical approach around the turn of the century, however, debate over the value of its use by those in the sports media did not reach fever pitch until the 2012 American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) race. By way of an ideological analysis of sports media coverage of the heated AL MVP race, this study explores sportswriter attitudes toward advanced statistical analysis through a comparison of the arguments invoked by both print and online sports media in a total of 41 articles. The authors found that the hegemony of the sporting narrative continues to dominate American print sportswriting. However, while traditional print media still hold the power in making these prestigious awards decisions, online sports media seem poised to start influencing the discussion to a greater degree than ever before.

Spring 2014

Dr. Alla Myzelev
Dr. Alla Myzelev
February 7
Dr. Sue O'Donnell
Dr. Sue O'Donnell
February 19
Dr. David Heineman
Dr. David Heineman
March 26
Dr. Jason Godeke
Dr. Jason Godeke
April 10

2013

Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson
September 24
Laura Davis and Victoria Gefman
Laura Davis and Victoria Gefman
October 28