Determining the Optimal Allocation of Salary Cap Funds for NFL Teams Considering the Relative Value of Position Groups
- Eilbacher, Matthew
- [University Park, Pennsylvania] : Pennsylvania State University, 2020.
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- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Davis, Brian S. and Schreyer Honors College
- Restrictions on Access:
- Open Access.
- This paper aims to determine the optimal allocation of the fixed amount of salary funds for NFL teams based on the relative value of each position group. The data used in this paper includes statistics from the 2010 through 2019 NFL seasons, as well as salary allocations for each team over the span of the 2015 through 2019 seasons. Using two different proxies for player performance, regression models were employed to estimate the value of each position group in terms of contribution to team win percentage. The results of each model identified the optimal allocation of a teams salary cap, which was then compared to actual payroll allocations used in the NFL. The difference between model outputs and the league average represent potentially overvalued or undervalued position groups, and the degree to which the average NFL team is incorrectly valuating them.
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- Dissertation Note:
- B.S. Pennsylvania State University 2020.
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