Data Analytics in Sports

How Playing with Data Transforms the Game

Data Analytics in Sports

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As any child with a baseball card intuitively knows, sports and statistics go hand-in-hand. Yet, the general media disdain the flood of sports statistics available today: sports are pure and analytic tools are not. Well, if the so-called purists find tools like baseball’s sabermetrics upsetting, then they’d better brace themselves for the new wave of data analytics.

In this O’Reilly report, Janine Barlow examines how advanced predictive analytics are impacting the world of sports—from the rise of tools such as Major League Baseball’s Statcast, which collects data on the movement of balls and players, to SportVU, which the National Basketball Association uses to collect spatial analysis data.

You’ll also learn:

  • How "Dance Card" makes accurate predictions about NCAA’s "March Madness" tournament
  • Why data is crumbling long-standing myths about performance in soccer
  • How the National Football League is using wearable devices to collect vital health data about its players

It’s a new world in sports, where data analytics and related information technologies are changing the experience for teams, players, fans, and investors.

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Janine Barlow

Janine Barlow

Janine Barlow is a writer and publishing professional currently working with AMACOM Books, the publishing arm of the American Management Association, where she promotes books on business, marketing, technology, psychology, and more. Outside AMACOM, she brings a sharp editorial eye to content on business intelligence and advanced analytics. In the world of sports, look for her at the NWHL’s New York Riveters’ games in Fall 2015.