Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – January 26th, 2016

Football: A Wired article on how Football Coaches Are Turning to AI for Help Calling Plays. FiveThirtyEight writes that Tom Brady Couldn’t Take The Pressure. CMU Tartan Sports Analytics on Going for it: Incentives for the 2-point conversion. FiveThirtyEight on how NFL Coaches Are Getting Away With Crimes Against Middle-School Math.

Baseball: Bill James on The Contact Theory and the Power Theory. FanGraphs says This Year’s Free Agent Class Was Incredibly Good. The Hardball Times on The Art of the Tank.  Tom Tango asks Is this the year @StatCast will justify UZR by MGL? Hardball Times talks about The In-Season Aging Curve. FanGraphs article on The Future of Technology in Player Development. The Orioles are hosting a baseball analytics hackathon on February 5th.

Basketball: The Wall St. Journal says For Stephen Curry, There’s No Such Thing as a Terrible Shot. The New York Times How the N.B.A. 3-Point Shot Went From Gimmick to Game Changer. Nylon Calculus on The Release of HBox and Miscellaneous Box Score Stats Into the Wild. FiveThirtyEight says Spurs-Warriors Is The Best Defense-Offense Clash In NBA History. Nylon Calculus on Paul Millsap and the Anti-Trillion. FiveThirtyEight reports that LeBron’s Cavs Are The Best Team Ever To Fire Its Coach Midseason. Nylon Calculus on Chasing 72: The Warriors and Variance. FiveThirtyEight opines that Kawhi Leonard Is The Most Well-Rounded Elite Shooter Since Larry Bird. The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective with How Points Are Created in the NBA.

College Basketball: Ken Pomeroy’s Week in Review. Ken Pomeroy publishes A compilation of unbeaten tweet data.

Soccer: StatsBomb on The House that Pardew Built. StatsBomb asks Is the Premier League a Level Playing Field?

Tennis: FiveThirtyEight on Why Betting Data Alone Can’t Identify Match Fixers In Tennis. Although, they go on to say that You’d Have To Be Pretty Dumb To Fix A Tennis Match This Week.

Webinar: Prozone is offering a January 27th webinar on using Advanced Analytics in Soccer Playing Styles Analysis.

Conferences: Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 2016 tickets are on sale now. Registration is now available for the SABR Analytics Conference March 10-12. 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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