Behind the Money in Sports: The Moves Behind How Your Favorite Team Was Built

In this two-class course, we will look behind the scenes at math and econ. of sports. We will study the ways teams decide what to pay their players. We will also look at the rules that certain sports use to maintain competitive balance.
Michael J Zavada
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Completed by 14 learners
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45 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 1 week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

In this two-class course, we will learn how professional athletes are paid in the major sports and the ways teams decide what to play their players.  We will also look at the rules that certain sports use to try to maintain competitive balance and the ways certain teams are able to create special advantages for their teams.  We will cover up to three major sports based on student interest: football, basketball, and baseball. 
I have been an educator in the private school sector for over twenty years.  I have a master's degree in educational leadership and secondary education.  I have been a principal for the middle school in a large private school system.  I write on educational topics and speak at educational conferences.  There is nothing that is high risk in our courses as we are talking about sports, finances, and strategy mostly. 
There is no homework for this class.  Students will have the opportunity to look at different teams, trade proposals, salary caps, as they become relevant in current events.  There is no required outside reading in this course. 
pro football focus 
Students are given regular feedback on their assertions throughout the class in a verbal fashion.  At times, it may be appropriate for the instructor to write comments in the class feed or individually to students through the outschool channel praising them for their analysis.  There are no grades in the course.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We use the instructor developed materials and websites like and Pro Football Reference/Basketball Reference


Michael J Zavada20 years experience as a History/Economics/Basketball/Golf Teacher-Coach at College/High School/Middle School levels
99 total reviews
84 completed classes

About Me

Through Outschool, I focus on courses that would not normally be offered in school where students get to experience real-world fun occupations like the role of the General Manager of a Professional Sports team.  My courses are fun, but also... 
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