Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – September 12th, 2017

Football: Football Perspective notes that Sacks Are Coming From Lighter Players. Football Perspective’s 2016 Game Scripts in Review: Pass Identity Ratings.

College Football: Football Outsiders’ OFI: Old Problems Haunt Traditional Powers. FiveThirtyEight points out that A College Football Team’s Season Isn’t Over At 0-1.

Baseball: FanGraphs looks at How One Club Integrates Analytics into Player Development. Bill James writes Pitch to Contact, or Don’t, I Don’t Care. Beyond the Box Score discusses Using a four-man outfield. FanGraphs attempts to answer Where Have the Fastballs Gone Missing? John Dewan details the 2017 Shift Slowdown. FanGraphs with a piece on How One Club Integrates Analytics into Player Development.

Basketball: Nylon Calculus on Balancing the value of volume scoring with efficiency. NBA Math’s Point Guard Tiers: Showcasing the Depth of Talent During the Position’s Golden Age. Nylon Calculus looks at The westward movement of NBA talent.

Soccer: The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective details The Toughest Away Days In The Champions League.

Tennis: Heavy Topspin Measures the Impact of the Serve in Men’s Tennis.

Hockey: @draglikepull offers an EXCELLENT introduction to learning SQL using hockey statistics. Hockey Graphs looks to answer How certain do you need to be on an offside challenge?

Your moment of R: BaseballWithR  gives looks at Luck in the Pythagorean Theorem. Bill Petti releases updated baseballr 0.3.3 package.

Check out these Pythons: Vineet Vashishta explains How to Generate FiveThirtyEight Graphs in Python.

General: The Yale Sports Analytics Group offers Part 1 in our sports rankings series explaining methodology of rankings like Sagarin and Part 2 explaining the math behind Elo, used heavily by FiveThirtyEight.

Conferences: September 16th Virginia Sports Analytics Meeting at Roanoke College. September 23rd New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports in Cambridge, MA.

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