After a nice run-up during December, the Sports Investing Index was down slightly in January (-1.1%), and then had a difficult February (-8.0%). The Index is now dominated by basketball and hockey action, as sports investors eagerly await March Madness and Major League Baseball to commence. The concept of the Sports Investing Index was introduced in a paper presented to the 2012 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The information on this site is for entertainment and educational purposes only. Use of this information in violation of any federal, state, or local laws is prohibited. Sports Investing Index performance notes: Most sports have been generally upward-trending, with a slightly upward bias, but the Index has been held back by certain sports that have had difficult periods. For instance, in February, NCAAB lost -12.4%. This created the loss of -8.0% in February, dragging down gains in the NBA and NHL. �
Sports Insights publishes a Sports Investing Index to reflect the performance of applying contrarian value approaches to the major US sports marketplaces. The origins of the Sports Investing Index were published in our book, “Sports Investing: Profiting from Point Spreads.”
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Sports Investing Index Details
Figure 1: Sports Investing Index (August 2003 – February 2012)
Below is recent performance for the Sports Investing Index — along with other financial index benchmarks, including the S&P 500 and intermediate-term US government bonds.
Table 1: Index Performance (February 2012)
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Other Index Features
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We do not guarantee that the trends and biases we’ve found will continue to exist. It is impossible to predict the future. Any serious academic research in the field of “market efficiencies” recognizes that inefficiencies may disappear over time. Once inefficiencies are discovered, it is only a matter of time before the market corrects itself. We do not guarantee our data is error-free. However, we’ve tried our best to make sure every score and percentage is correct.