Submission Date

4-23-2012

Document Type

Paper

Department

Business & Economics

Adviser

Jennifer VanGilder

Committee Member

Jennifer VanGilder

Committee Member

Eric Gaus

Committee Member

Tina Wailgum

Department Chair

Carol Cirka

Project Description

Evaluation of a professional athlete's performance for the purposes of compensation determination is difficult, especially when decision making may not follow the expected "instrumental rationality." This paper will look to examine the factors, both productive and non-productive, impacting an Offensive Lineman's salary in the NFL. The purpose of this study is to determine whether an offensive lineman's salary is based on productive characteristics adhering to instrumental rationality, or whether the influence of non-productive characteristics influence salary as ultimately determined by team management. Results indicate that players within the tackle position with earning salaries in the seventy-fifth percentile gain additional benefits for having more facial symmetry.