Robyn Ritchie - 2022 NFL Big Data Bowl Champion
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by Sergio De La Espriella, TruMedia Networks
9M ago
Robyn Ritchie, a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, is part of the team that won the NFL’s Big Data Bowl this year. This was the fourth annual Big Data Bowl, put on by Mike Lopez and the league’s analytics staff, and the topic this year was special teams, with each team given a set of tracking data and asked to come up with analysis and strategies based on that data. Robyn and her teammates (Brendan Kumagai, Ryker Moreau, Elijah Cavan) bested over 200 contestants with their entry, entitled “Punt Returns: Using the Math to Find the Path” In this conversation, Robyn talks about ..read more
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Chip Hale - Arizona Baseball Head Coach
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by Sergio De La Espriella, TruMedia Networks
1y ago
Chip Hale won a national title as a player with Arizona back in 1986, played seven years in the major leagues, then spent 15 years as a major-league coach and manger. He won a World Series as the Nationals bench coach in 2019, and then took over the Arizona baseball program last summer. In this conversation, Chip talks about… The evolution of data availability over the course of his playing and coaching career What information college teams have access to What college kids expect from data and how they use it How he balances stats and the eye test when making in-game decisions Keys t ..read more
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Jill Reiner & Ella Summer - NFL Big Data Bowl winners
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by Rafe Anderson, Paul Carr - TruMedia
1y ago
Jill Reiner and Ella Summer won the college division of this year’s NFL Big Data Bowl, which asked participants to “evaluate defensive performance on passing plays.” In these conversations, Jill and Ella will talk about…. - What they’re studying in school - How they got interested in the Big Data Bowl and decided to join the competition - Their approaches and methodologies in evaluating pass defense performance - What surprised them as they dove into the data - What next steps they’d ideally take to examine the topic further - Keys to communicating their work effectively - Other work they’ve d ..read more
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Robbie Robinson - Mets Complex Manager & Catching Instructor
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by Rafe Anderson, Paul Carr - TruMedia
1y ago
Robbie Robinson is a Complex Manager and Catching Instructor for the New York Mets. In this conversation, Robbie talks about… - His baseball career path - What he does for the Mets in his current role - The evolution of available data over the past decade - Using data to both know yourself and know others - Keys to communicating data and the importance of relationships - What data helps in evaluating the catching process - Catcher framing data and applying that to catching technique - Advice for analyst types looking to interact with players and coaches - His how-did-I-get-here moment with a H ..read more
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Alex Vigderman - Lead Research Analyst, Sports Info Solutions
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by Rafe Anderson, Paul Carr - TruMedia Networks
1y ago
Alex Vigderman is a Lead Research Analyst at Sports Info Solutions, and he talks about… - What Sports Info Solutions does - What he does as Lead Research Analyst - Compiling the SIS Football Rookie Handbook and takeaways from its statistical analysis - Analyzing strengths and weaknesses of Florida QB Kyle Trask - The draft prospect that numbers suggest is undervalued - Sports Info Solutions’ Total Points model, which measures individual contribution in football - Creating metrics without necessarily knowing a player’s intent on a play - Fine-tuning the Defensive Runs Saved stat - The SIS defen ..read more
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John Tobias - Sports Statistics Professor & TV Statistician
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by Rafe Anderson, Paul Carr - TruMedia
1y ago
John Tobias is a professor of sports statistics and analytics at UNC-Charlotte, and he also works as a TV statistician for a variety of sports. In this conversation, John talks about… - His unconventional path to working in both TV and the academic world - What a statistician does during a broadcast - How to choose what stats are given to talent - Challenges to live TV - How advanced stats factor into TV - Communicating stats concisely in broadcasts - Components that go into teaching sports statistics - Advice for students and people interested in a sports analytics career - Diversity (or lack ..read more
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Mike Petriello - MLB.com
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by Rafe Anderson, Paul Carr - TruMedia Networks
1y ago
Mike Petriello is a writer and analyst for MLB.com, host of the Ballpark Dimensions podcast, and analyst on ESPN’s Statcast broadcasts. In this conversation, Mike talks about… - The Rays pulling Blake Snell in the sixth inning of Game 6, and the fallout of that move - How he decides what to write about - His process for diving into the data - His articles on Cody Bellinger’s fielding prowess and the different arm angles of the Rays pitching staff - How to communicate complex ideas in writing - What’s on the Statcast horizon - Preparing for the Statcast broadcasts - Differences in communicating ..read more
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Justin Ray - 15th Club
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by Rafe Anderson, Paul Carr - TruMedia Networks
1y ago
Justin Ray is the Head of Content for 15th Club, and he was previously a Senior Researcher at The Golf Channel and ESPN. Among the topics covered… - How 15th Club works with golfers and media - How golf data has evolved over the past 20 years - What Strokes Gained is and how it can be used - How players use data on and off the course - Bryson DeChambeau’s unique approach to the game - What’s next in golf analytics and how they trickle down to recreational golfers - How to get started in golf analytics - How he researches a tournament - What makes The Masters unique from an analysis standpiont ..read more
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Alok Pattani - Google Cloud
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by Rafe Anderson, Paul Carr - TruMedia Networks
1y ago
Alok Pattani is a Data Science Developer Advocate for Google Cloud, which partners with sports organizations including Major League Baseball and the NCAA. He is also a consultant for the Dallas Cowboys, and he was previously a founding member of ESPN’s sports analytics department. In this conversation, Alok will talk about… - What Google Cloud is and what he does for them - How Google works with MLB and the NCAA - BigQuery and how he uses it - How the volume of sports data has changed in recent years - What he does for the Cowboys - What NFL teams are doing in the analytics space and how NGS d ..read more
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Keith Goldner - VP of Data Science, FanDuel
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by Rafe Anderson, Paul Carr - TruMedia Networks
1y ago
Keith Goldner is the Vice President of Data Science at FanDuel, where he oversees the company’s sports modeling and innovation. He’s also the Chief Analyst for numberFire, the sports projection company he helped start straight out of college about a decade ago. In this episode, Keith talks about… - What he does for FanDuel and numberFire - Working with NBA teams, both now and a decade ago - The most important thing in communicating data - How to break into the sports analytics field - What he looks for when hiring employees - Three main avenues for sports analytics jobs - Majoring in math ..read more
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