Tom Higgins, Jason Hantak


Logo of Major League Baseball
Logo of Major League Baseball

http://sportsbusinessdigest.com/mlb-in-japan-follow-the-money-but-at-what-price/

Introduction:
You have just been hired as the general manager for a brand new Major League Baseball team. Your team has never been in existence before, so it is your job to create a team name, logo, and uniform colors. The biggest job on your plate is to manage the budget of your team. It is your job to divide up the money in order to pay salaries, bills, and advertisement. Remember, this is the teams first year and the most important when it comes to creating a fan base and starting things to bring in a revenue. Good luck!!!!!


Tasks:
1. This being a new team and all, your first task is to design a power point presentation that will include the city the team will be in, the name of the team, the colors and the logo. The team name has to be original, no repeats of teams now, and the city may not already have a Major League Baseball team currently. The presentation has to catch the eye of a company that would be willing to sponsor the team (i.e. Wrigley gum sponsors Wrigley Field).
external image Baseball_Team_Logos_bb18_large.jpghttp://www.skylinepictures.com/Baseball_Team_Logos_bb18_full.htm
2. Create a spread sheet and a pie graph of the expenses that will be needed to fund the team. You will need to account for salaries,commercials, and fan gear to be sold. You will need to figure out how much money it will cost to keep the team going.
Picture of Wrigley Field
Picture of Wrigley Field
http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/index.jsp
* The final part to the project will be to present your ideas through a presentation in front of the class on the due date. *
Consider:
-Find a fan-friendly city that allows access for people to get to the park.
-Use a catchy, original name for the team that will draw attention to the team and make people want to follow the team as well as buy the team's merchandise.
-Make sure not to spend too much money on one thing, make sure there is enough money to go around so that everything can get paid for.
-When working on putting together numbers for the fan-gear to be sold, calculate the prices for 500 t-shirts, 200 jerseys, 300 sweatshirts, and your choice of a fourth thing to sell that you think will bring in good money for the team (these numbers will represent what was sold per month). The information on the merchandise can be found through one of the links below as well as a list of your other choices in things to sell for your 4th choice. The prices that will be looked at will be the prices for the merchandise sold by the Chicago Cubs.

When the assignment will be worked on:
This assignment will be worked on in class and will also require a little bit of work at home, but only if needed. The time allowed in class will be ample for the finishing of the project, but if the student(s) want to work on it at home, they are more than free to do so.

Illinois Learning Standards:

STATE GOAL 10: Collect, organize and analyze data using statistical methods; predict results; and interpret uncertainty using concepts of probability.


Why This Goal Is Important: The ability to understand and interpret data (e.g., opinion polls, stock prices, tax rates, crime statistics, scientific studies, weather reports) grows more important each day. Students must be able to organize data, make sense of variables and patterns, and judge the logical reasonableness of any claims and interpretations made. Even very young students can count objects and communicate their findings with charts and graphs. Students of all ages can collect, display and interpret data to answer specific questions. They also must construct and analyze arguments that involve data and its interpretation. All students need to understand and apply the role probability plays in data collection and decision making. Data analysis and use are important abilities necessary for all careers.

Late High School


10.A.5 Construct a statistics-based presentat­ion, individually and as members of a team, to communicate and justify the results of a project.
10.B.5 Design a statistical experiment to answer a question about a realistic situation, conduct the experiment, use statistics to interpret the data, and communicate the results, individu­ally and as members of a team.




NETS for Students 2007


1.
Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
a.
applying existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.


b.
create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c.
use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d.
identify trends and forecast possibilities.






2.
Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a.
interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.


b.
communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c.
develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d.
contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.





4.
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
a.
identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.


b.
plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c.
collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
d.
use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.





6.
Technology Operations and Concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
a.
understand and use technology systems.


b.
select and use applications effectively and productively.
c.
troubleshoot systems and applications.
d.
transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.



Resources:
*Only use the resources given here, all information that will be needed for the project can be found on the following links. These websites have been pre-approved and are know to hold factual content.

http://www.gaebler.com/Television-Advertising-Costs.htm
http://baseball.about.com/od/newsrumors/a/09teamsalaries.htm
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/267246-rounding-up-2010-projected-budgets-so-far
http://www.majesticathletic.com/Chicago-Cubs-Apparel-_-352951058_BW.html

Rubric for Grading:

Power Point


5pts, Great Work
3pts. Average Work
1pt. Below Average Work
Readiness
Everyone in group was prepared and Power Point worked flawlessly
Mostly everyone prepared and Power Point had minimal mistakes
Unprepared and Power Point did not work.
Creativity
Team name, colors, and city were creative and well put together.
Team name, colors, and city were unique but didn’t catch my eye.
Boring name, colors, and city, didn’t see any effort.
Organization
Power Point was organized, the speaker and the Power Point were on the same page.
Speaker and Power Point were off on minimal times.
Speaker and Power Point were never on the same page.
Presentation
Speaker was loud enough for everyone to hear, and was able to keep the attention of the class throughout the duration of the presentation.
Speaker was clear but faded off every now and then, didn’t keep the attention of the class the whole time.
Failure to speak loud enough and class was not drawn in by speaker of presentation.

Chart for Expenses



5pts, Great Work
3pts. Average Work
1pt. Below Average Work
Readiness
Everyone in group was prepared and their work from the spreadsheet and pie graph over the projector.
Mostly everyone was prepared and their work consisted of little errors.
Unprepared and work didn’t meet the criteria.
Creativity
Pie chart is colorful and uses out of the ordinary font.
Pie chart is somewhat stylized, but more can be done such as some graphical detail.
Pie chart is just a plain white circle with dividers and basic font.
Organization
Spreadsheet and pie graph were well constructed; all needed details were present.
The spreadsheet had some format issues; the spreadsheet and pie graph lacked specific content.
Spreadsheet had no organization and was not detailed; the pie chart didn’t contain any of the details needed.
Presentation
Speaker was loud enough for everyone to hear, and was able to keep the attention of the class throughout the duration of the presentation.
Speaker was clear but faded off every now and then, didn’t keep the attention of the class the whole time.
Failure to speak loud enough and class was not drawn in by speaker of presentation.


Conclusion:
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are now the General Manager for your new Major League Baseball team and you are on your way to bringing that World Series trophy to your city. Now, you should understand the business side of baseball and what it takes to run a team. Everyone will learn that a finished product would be nothing without all the background work being taken care of.