Sponsor Presentation (ESPN): Is Analytics Taking the Joy out of Sports?

Sports analytics has undeniably added to the sports conversation. Good analytics though is typically about grounding stories in reality, and sometimes the magical moments in sports can be harmed by the harsh light of reality – data can get in the way of a good story. Whether it is poor uses of data that reduce data sets to ridiculous and meaningless splits or good analytics that bring skepticism to a truly fun story, analytics has the potential to inform, but also reduce the joy of sports. This conversation delves into what analytics is and isn’t, as well as how analytics can help and hurt a good story and the fan experience.

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