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Expected Value Podcast

The Expected Value podcast goes inside the sports analytics world, by talking with people who work in the industry about what they do, how they do it, and how they got there.

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Michael Lopez - NFL Director of Football Data & Analytics

Rafe Anderson

Michael Lopez has been the NFL’s Director of Football Data & Analytics for over a year, and he’s also a statistics professor at Skidmore College. He brings a strong academic background and a coaching perspective to his NFL job. Among the topics covered…

- What he does in his role for the league
- State of analytics in the NFL
- The league’s relatively new NGS player-tracking data
- Working with the NFL competition committee
- The NFL’s first Big Data Bowl (and the next one?)
- Advice for students interested in a sports analytics career

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Lucy Rushton - Atlanta United Head of Technical Recruitment & Analysis

Rafe Anderson

Lucy Rushton is the Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis for Atlanta United, which has won three trophies in its first three MLS seasons, including last year’s MLS Cup. Before joining Atlanta in 2015, Lucy was Head of Technical Scouting at English club Reading, and prior to that, she was a Player Recruitment Analyst for Watford. She also grew up playing the sport and won the English Championship as a player for Reading. Among the topics covered:

- How Atlanta incorporates data into recruitment
- Evaluating players from across leagues and colleges
- Interacting with the Atlanta Falcons
- Working with new and different coaches
- How teams in England and the U.S. use data
- Women in the sports analytics industry
- Adjusting to life in the South

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Daniel Adler - Minnesota Twins Director of Baseball Operations

Rafe Anderson

The first guest on Expected Value is Daniel Adler, the Minnesota Twins Director of Baseball Operations, who previously worked in the NFL with the Jaguars, Browns and Patriots. Among the topics covered:

- What a Director of Baseball Operations does and how analytics are involved
- The Twins home run explosion this season
- Differences in baseball and football analytics
- What he looks for when hiring analysts
- A Bartolo Colon story

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Episode 0 - Expected Value trailer

Rafe Anderson

A preview of the Expected Value podcast, which goes inside the sports analytics world.

Expected Value features conversations with sports analytics insiders about what they do, how they do it, and how they got there. Guests include people working for teams, leagues, media and more, covering sports including baseball, football, soccer, and basketball. Please subscribe, spread the word, and enjoy!