ICS Lecture kicks off with ‘War Games’

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 10, 2014

ICS Lecture Series

BLOOMSBURG— Discussing the impact of statistical analysis in the sport of baseball, Jason Genovese and Matthew Perakovich will present “War Games: How the Sports Media Assesses and Addresses Value in the Age of Sabermetrics.” This is the first lecture of the fall 2014 Institute for Culture and Society Lecture Series at Bloomsburg University.

The presentation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. in Hartline Science Center G40. The event is free and open to the public.

Genovese and Perakovich look at the influence of sabermetrics, the evaluation of baseball records using statistical analyses, specifically used to assess and compare players’ performances. Michael Lewis’s bestselling book and Academy Award-nominated film, “Moneyball,” is an example of sabermetrics utilized by the Oakland A’s in 2002. Debates concerning the use of advanced statistical analysis did not emerge until the 2012 American League Most Valuable Player Race.

With such debates in mind, Genovese and Perakovich study attitudes toward sabermetrics among sportswriters by comparing arguments from various print and online articles. While print media still remains an influential force on these decisions, findings suggest that online media sources may soon play an influential role, as well.

Genovese’s research focuses on current trends in sports television in the field of sports-media. He has presented research at the national and international level and co-authored the book, “The Pottsville Maroons and the NFL’s Stolen Championship of 1925.” Genovese, chair of BU’s mass communications department, received his doctoral degree in media studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

Following his studies at BU, Perakovich received a master’s degree in English from Bucknell University. While teaching courses in composition and literature at BU, he also taught a course on the social foundations of mass communication. Perakovich’s research experience ranges from short stories to baseball.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.