Ben Alamar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Office: 650.543.3741

Education Background

  • Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, 2001
  • M.A., University of California Santa Barbara, 1998
  • B.S., University of Minnesota, 1996

Biography Academic Statement


Dr.Alamar, a Professor of Sport Management, a sports analytics consultant/researcher, and author of the Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers (August, 2013). He has consulted with a variety of teams in the NFL and NBA, including five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and with a variety of companies in sports analytics. He has published numerous research studies in sports analytics and has written on sports analytics for outlets such as ESPN, Analytics Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Professor Alamar is the founding editor of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, the first peer-reviewed academic journal for research in sports analytics. Read about Dr. Alamar's research on Basketball IQ on

Research Interests
  • Sports Economics
  • Sports Analytics

Professional Activities

Courses Taught
  • Sport Management
  • Micro Economics
  • Introduction to Management
  • Sports Economics and Finance
  • Statistics
Selected Publications
  • Hong, Junggi; Barnes, Meredith; Leddon, Charles; Van Ryssegem, Guido; & Alamar, Benjamin “Reliability of the Sitting Hand Press-Up Test for Identifying and Quantifying the Level of Scapular Medial Border Posterior Displacement in Overhead Athletes” International Journal of Sports and Physical Therapy (November 2011)
  • Alamar, Benjamin and Goldner, Keith “The Blind Side Project: Measuring the Impact of the Offensive Line” Chance (October 2011)
  • Alamar, Benjamin “Evaluating Risk in NFL Playcalling” Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports (April 2010)
  • Alamar, Benjamin and Glantz, Stanton A. “Externalities in the workplace: A response to a rejoinder to a response to a response to a paper.’” Econ Journal Watch (May 2008)
Recent Presentations
  • “Taking the Next Steps: The Evolution of Sports Statistics” invited talk at Joint Statistical Meetings, 2012, San Diego, CA, 2012
  • “The Blind Side Project: Measuring the Impact of Individual Offensive Linemen” invited talk at INFORMS annual meeting, 2011
  • “Innovation in Sports Analytics” IDEO Sandbox, 2011
  • “Competing (and Winning) with Sports Analytics” Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association Conference on Sports Statistics, 2011
  • “Competing (and Winning) with Sports Analytics” Annual Conference of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance, 2011
Awards & Honors
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship - Menlo College (May, 2008)
  • Article of the Year, Contemporary Economic Policy - "Smokefree Ordinances Increase Restaurant Profits and Value" Contemporary Economic Policy (October, 2004) Vol 22, No 4.