Senior Writer, ESPN
Keating is a Senior Writer at ESPN the Magazine, where he has covered investigative and financial stories since 1999. He coordinates The Mag’s annual “Ultimate Standings,” which rank all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans, and is co-author of ESPN Insider’s “Giant Killers” project, which predicts NCAA tournament upsets. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for Sport in Society.
Keating’s “Numbers” column covers the world of statistics and analytics. In his work, he examines concepts for evaluating athletes and teams across all sports, not just those commonly associated with sabermetrics. He introduces researchers who are developing sports analytical tools. And he presents original findings, as well as analysis by ESPN and other sources, that go beyond official statistics to explain strategies and performance.
As an athlete, Keating has always combined the speed of Lou Piniella with the glovework of Darryl Strawberry, two childhood favorites. He lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife, Karen, and their daughters, Eleanor and Samantha.