Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – April 5th, 2016

Football: Football Outsiders writes that The NFL’s Shoddy Science Means We Know Even Less About Concussions.

College Football: Football Study Hall says The 2000 college football season would have been a perfect year for a playoff. Football Study Hall Revisits the 2001 college football season, in which Miami was every bit as good as you thought.

Baseball: FanGraphs with A Brief History of Opening Day/Early-Season Error Rates. Alan Nathan on Exit Speed and Home Runs. The Hardball Times says “The Arm” Has Perfect Pitch. FiveThirtyEight addresses the question Is It Really, Finally The Cubs’ Year? FanGraphs on How It Could All Go Wrong for the Cubs. Tom Tango updates the Run Expectancy Matrix, publishes Linear Weight Run Values 2010-2015 and looks at How teams change their approach by inning and score. FiveThirtyEight on A Baseball Mystery: The Home Run Is Back, And No One Knows Why.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus says Warriors’ Dominance Leads to Little Wasted Effort. FiveThirtyEight says The Warriors’ Chances Of Getting 73 Wins Are Back Up. Nylon Calculus Deep Dives WNBA Data – Griner’s Paint Defense.

College Basketball: FiveThirtyEight says Villanova Had The Most Impressive Tournament Win In More Than 53 Years. Ken Pomeroy on the impact of the 30-second shot clock. FiveThirtyEight says The Dome Effect Isn’t Real; The NRG Effect Is Complicated. FiveThirtyEight on The Last Three Teams That Would Have A Chance To Beat UConn.

Soccer: StatsBomb on Klopp’s Liverpool: Poised to Make the Leap. American Soccer Analysis asks Does Finishing Skill matter in MLS?. StatsBomb on Leicester City: Need for Speed?. StatsBomb on What’s Going On In The Premier League. StatsBomb on Analytics in Football – Have the Geeks Inherited the Turf?

Your moment of R: BaeballWithR Explores 2015 Bunts. BaeballWithR on Using Markov Chains to Predict Pitches.

Conferences: The Sports Analytics Innovation Summit is set for April 13-14. The SPEIA Basketball Analytics Summit to be held April 15-16 at UNC.

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