Sports Analytics Research

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A New Metric for Measuring MLB Outfielder Defensive Potential
With all the data available right now, people with all different relationships to sports, from coaches to fans, and everything in between, can understand the game better. Here’s what MLB front offices could do with new outfielder jump data to build their teams smarter. 
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The Growth of International Players in the NBA
For the 2019-2020 season, the NBA has reported that 108 international players from 38 countries and territories are on NBA teams for opening-night. This will be the sixth year that there are at least 100 international players in the league. There are so many talented players from across the world coming into this league that in the 2018-2019 season 4 out of the 5 player awards were received by an international player. 
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How Analytics is Changing the Game for Sports – and Academia
Big data has given rise to new opportunities, both in academia and business. This new field of study is remarkable in two ways. First, it is a brand-new field of study, developed specifically to help sports organizations drive team efficiencies and increase revenue. Second, the students are using Big Data and a suite of tools to deliver actionable insights to real sports organizations. It’s not academic to them, it’s real. 
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Who are XFL Fans ? A Deep Dive into the Social Media Data of Followers of the XFL
Students and faculty in the Center for Sports Analytics utilized the Affinio platform, an augmented analytics platform that surfaces deep consumer insights within social media data sets, to develop various metrics from the social media data of 166,407 XFL fans including favorite brands, entertainers, sports teams, etc. 
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Entering the NBA Draft: What Factors Dictate Career Earnings for Top Prospects?
The NBA’s growth in popularity has brought massive media deals, sponsorship agreements and progressively more lucrative contracts for stars, developing prospects and role players alike. Because of this, roster spots are becoming more competitive than ever before, putting an increased weight on the NBA draft – the main means for top basketball prospects to enter the league. This analysis explores how much career earning potential rests on the NBA draft. Our results show that being picked in the lottery, draft position, draft age, and years in college all have strong impacts on career earnings. 
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What Happened to These NBA Power Houses?
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have dominated the NBA for several years. This season, however, they are a shadow of their former selves. What happened?