• Title: Academic Coach, Economics and Hockey Operations
  • Phone: 585-748-5092
  • Email: rpaul01@syr.edu

Rodney J. Paul is a sports economist and Professor of Sport Management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. He earned his PhD in Applied Economics from Clemson University in 2000.  His areas of specialization include the economics and finance of sports, with specific research in: attendance modeling; modeling of sports television ratings; market efficiency and sports wagering markets; prediction markets in sports; impact of violence in sports; and voting models of college sports polls. He recently led the collaborative development of the nation’s first-of-its-kind undergraduate degree in Sport Analytics.

He has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally and has over 100 publications in academic journals and as book chapters.  His research has been published in The Journal of Sports Economics, International Journal of Sport Finance, Applied Economics, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Journal of Economic Psychology, Atlantic Economic Journal, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economics and Finance, and others. His research has been featured in ESPN the Magazine in addition to other newspaper, magazine, and internet articles.  He has been a guest on NPR radio in addition to other radio and television shows.  He has also consulted for a variety of sports teams and leagues at the major and minor league level.

PhD in Applied Economics from Clemson University in 2000

  • Paul, Rodney J. “Variations in NHL Attendance:  The Effect of Violence, Scoring, and Regional Rivalries.”  American Journal of Economics and Sociology 62 (2003): 345-364.
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. “Determinants of Attendance in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.”  Atlantic Economic Journal, 39(3), 303-311.  (2011).
  • Paul, Rodney J., Weinbach, Andrew P., and Chatt, R. “Regional Differences in Fan Preferences for Minor League Hockey.”  New York Economic Review, 42, 63-73. (2011).
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P. “Sportsbook Pricing and the Behavioral Biases of Bettors in the NHL.”  Journal of Economics and Finance, 36(1), 123-135. (2012).
  • Paul, Rodney J. and Weinbach, Andrew P.  “Uncertainty of Outcome and Television Ratings for the NHL and MLS.”  Journal of Prediction Markets, 7(1), 53-65.  (2013).
  • Paul, Rodney J., Weinbach, Andrew P., and Robbins, Daniel.  “American Hockey League Attendance: A Study of Fan Preferences for Fighting, Team Performance, and Promotions” International Journal of Sport Finance, 7(2), 21-38.  (2013).
  • Paul, Rodney J., Weinbach, Andrew P., and Robbins, Daniel. “Fighting, Winning, Promotions, and Attendance in the ECHL.” Sport, Business, and Management: an International Journal, vol. 5(2), 139-156.  (2015)

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