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The NFL Should Share this Data

The National Football League begins its regular season tonight. One feature you might not hear about is the addition of 2 RFID sensors on every player. Each stadium is equipped with receivers (not wide receivers) to capture the data emitted from the RFID tags. When the data is collected, it will be able to track players position, movement, speed, and acceleration. A company called Zebra Technologies is implementing the system.

It is a bit early to know exactly what the NFL teams will do with the data, but I think the NFL should open up the data. Analysis could be done for fantasy football. Data scientists could come up with some creative data visualizations. Plus, I think it contains great academic research potential.

As a side note, I am sure someone would start building some apps for the Microsoft Surface tablets.

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Buffalo Bills to start advanced analytics department

Even the NFL is getting into data analysis these days.

Buffalo Bills to start advanced analytics department

Personal note: Like many American children, I grew up dreaming of playing professional football in the NFL. Also, like many American children, that dream did not come true. Maybe now I could try to make the NFL as a data scientist. I wonder if they have fall training camp for the analytics department. If so, sign me up.

Data Science for the NFL

This video was different than I expected. I expected to hear how the National Football League (NFL) is using player statistics for better player acquisition and fantasy football. However, the talk was about the NFL business model. The business model of the NFL focuses on filling stadiums. Thus the NFL starting collecting data about why fans prefer to watch games at home and what do fans really want from an NFL game. The NFL now generates numerous reports to help each individual team maximize the in-stadium experience.

Here are some of my thoughts on the talk.

  • The NFL maybe needs to invest in a data visualization expert
  • The NFL maybe needs to rethink the business model

Data Science in the NFL

Data Science in the NFL

This is an excellent blog post about a unique use of data science.  Data science can help American football teams select better team-mates.