Penalty kick shootouts are one of the most exciting parts of sports, and with the World Cup coming up soon there very well may be some high profile shootout matchups that draw worldwide attention. However, a shootout is brutal for goalies; the shot comes from so close that a goalie has almost no time to … More The Best Soccer Shootout Strategy: Flip a Coin?
It’s no secret that the NBA has been undergoing an analytics revolution for several years, and it’s not just Daryl Morey’s Houston front office, though they might have the most organizational buy-in from top to bottom. I can count only three teams (all three of which are in the Pacific Division) that don’t employ or … More Visualizing NBA Analytics through the Past Decade’s Superstars
Fighting continues to be one of the defining traits of hockey. When a player puts his body on the line in a hockey fight, there is often an expectation that the fight will make a difference in the score of the game. If a player destroys an opposing player in a fight, it is largely … More The True Impact of a Hockey Fight
Throughout the pre-sabermetric revolution days of baseball, the statistics that determine fielding ability (namely errors and fielding percentage) had generated much criticism of fielding stats and undeserving gold glove award winners (Derek Jeter et al), and had kept fielding ability a mystery. However, this mystery in part led to the sabermetric revolution in baseball statistics. … More A Pure Measure of Fielding Ability: Predictive Ultimate Zone Rating
While the baseball community has largely advanced past the utilization of purely descriptive traditional statistics to evaluate player performance, occasionally we witness the resurrection of their futility. Pitching win-loss records have largely been debunked as a poor tool for evaluating a player’s performance, for after all, pitchers cannot control the runs their teammates produce. The … More A Simple Guide to Basic Sabermetrics
Stephen J.K. Walters is a Professor of Economics at Loyola University Maryland and a fellow of the Institute for Applied Economics at The Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as Economic Advisor to the Baltimore Orioles major league baseball team and as a visiting fellow of the Maryland Public Policy Institute. His fields of expertise … More Q & A with Stephen Walters, Economic and Baseball Operations Adviser to the Baltimore Orioles
Dean Oliver is the Director of Production Analytics at ESPN, leading the development of sports analytics for the network. He worked for seven years in the NBA with the front offices of the Denver Nuggets and Seattle Supersonics, using analytics to improve trades, free agency, the draft, and coaching tactics. The contents of his book, … More Q & A with Dean Oliver, Director of Production Analytics at ESPN and Author of Basketball On Paper
Benjamin Alamar is a pioneer in sports analytics, founding the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports and consulting for many pro teams, including five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He shares his body of knowledge of how to implement analytics in sports in this quick, non-technical read.
Benjamin Alamar is a Professor of Sport Management at Menlo College, sports analytics consultant/researcher, and author of the book Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers (July, 2013). He has consulted with a variety of teams in the NFL and NBA, including five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and with … More Q & A with Benjamin Alamar, author of Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers
Danny Green continues to light it up in this year’s NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, shooting an unheard of 67.9% (19-28) on threes in the Finals. Frustrated Heat fans might be cursing Mike Miller and Dwyane Wade for drifting too far from the Spurs sharpshooter, like Wade does in the picture above, instead of … More Are the Heat Intentionally Leaving Danny Green Open?