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Book by Cass Professor nominated for Sports Book of the Year Award

Monday, 12 October, 2009

Professor Stefan Szymanski’s new book Why England Lose, which he co-authored with prize-winning football writer Simon Kuper, has been long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2009.
Why England Lose reveals surprising truths about football and disproves the general perception that England underperforms in football. According to the authors, based on income, experience and population, England actually does better than expected.
Professor Szymanski’s book has been long listed among 13 other titles. The judging panel for the prize includes John Gaustad, founder of Sports Pages bookshop, as chairman, as well as two broadcasters and two sports writers. The winner will receive a £21,000 cash prize, a £2000 William Hill bet, hand bound copy of books and a day at races. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 15 October on Five Live’s Simon Mayo Show and the winner will be announced at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, London, Thursday 26 November, 2009.  Those who don't make the shortlist will receive a £250 bet from William Hill.
Every one of the 13 long listed titles would be a worthy winner, and I don’t envy our judges the task of whittling down the field to a short-list, let alone the ultimate winner, said William Hill’s Media Relations Director, Graham Sharpe.
Professor Szymanski said: I’m delighted that Why England Lose has been long-listed with such a prestigious collection of books and I will be canvassing opinion from students and faculty about the best use of the prize winning bet.
Professor Szymanski is the director of a recently launched sports research centre, The Sports Business Network at Cass Business School. The centre aims to be a leading intellectual resource for organisations involved in the commercial and business aspects of sport. The centre has three main research themes; quantitative analysis of sports data; sport, business and management; and sport and public policy.

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