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Weekly Sports Analytics News Roundup – September 24th, 2019

Football: The NFL’s football data and analytics team unveils its blog: The Extra Point. Jeff Eisenberg and Henry Bushnell with Go for 2 down 1? Inside the NFL’s most fascinating decision. Kevin Cole’s PFF Data Study: The rates, factors and impact of holding penalties in 2019. Josh Hermsmeyer writes Can NFL Refs Do What Analysts Never Could: Get Coaches To Pass More? @deryck_g1 shares week by week passing data found on NFL NextGenStats website. Football Perspective lists the Largest Point Spreads in Franchise History. FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine says Eli Manning Was An All-Time Average QB. Football Outsiders’ Week 3 DVOA Ratings. Wall St. Journal notes Football Coaches Are Still Flunking on Fourth Down.

College Football: FiveThirtyEight explains How they’re Predicting The 2019 College Football Playoff.

Baseball: Baseball ProGUESTus: Reliever Sequencing. MLB Technology launches its own blog. FanGraphs details how The Brewers Have Defied The Odds. Tom Tango’s Statcast Lab: Swing/Take and a Primer on Run Value. FanGraphs ponders Which Hitter is Most 2019? The Hardball Times notes The Astros Are About to Set an Unbreakable Record. Beyond the Box Score believes Marcus Semien is the reason the Athletics will make the postseason. Travis Sawchik at FiveThirtyEight writes that Mitch Garver Wasn’t Catching Strikes. So He Changed His Catching Stance. Tom Tango’s Statcast Lab: What impact does Verlander’s historically low BABIP have on our evaluation?

Basketball: Nylon Calculus: Does scoring 20 points per game mean anything anymore? Nylon Calculus Defends the NBA drive-and-kick.

College Basketball: Jordan Sperber’s Hoop Vision Weekly: ‘Tis The Season.

Hockey: 2019 RITSAC Slides and Video.

Soccer: StatsBomb: Is Frank Lampard’s youthful approach to Chelsea the right one?. American Soccer Analysis Roundtable: Defensive Actions. FiveThirtyEight: Down At Halftime In A Soccer Game? Use Your Subs.

Tennis: Stephanie Kovalchik offers A Short Explainer on Getting to a Laver Cup Decider.

Check out these Pythons: Lau Sze Yui shares code for the Processing of football route tracking data.

Your Moment of R: Meghan Hall explains how to Combine Manually-Tracked Data with Play-by-Play Data. Daren Willman’s code for NFL pass animation.

For your listening pleasure: Wharton Moneyball (Scott Sehnert, Brian Burke), Chilling with Charlie (Ron Yurko, Josh Hermsmeyer, Eric Eager), Measurables (Dr. Phil Wagner), Expected Value (Michael Lopez) and  Off The Charts podcasts.

Conferences: The New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports will be held September 28th in Cambridge.

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