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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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NESSIS, Part 1 - Ron Yurko & Dani Chu

Rafe Anderson

This episode features two NFL-related presenters from last weekend’s NESSIS conference in Boston: Ron Yurko and Dani Chu. Both guests talk about their presentations and research, which use NFL player-tracking data.

Ron Yurko’s presentation focused on in-play valuation, which can lead to live models for expected points and win probability, instead of the traditional pre- and post-play models. Ron also touches on how sports analytics is gaining acceptance in the greater analytics community.

Dani Chu and his team won the college division of the NFL’s Big Data Bowl earlier this year, and his presentation was about using the tracking data to identify receiver routes. Dani talks about the Big Data Bowl process and what extensions might come from his research.

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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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