Colloquium Friday, 28 January: Dr. Paul Sabin, ESPN

Please join us via zoom at 3 PM this Friday to hear Dr. Paul Sabin speak on...

Expected by Who? Communicating Statistical Theory to Sports Fans

Abstract: Sports analytics is a growing field with an increasing number of positions available within teams, media companies, data providers, and now sports gambling firms. More and more academic research is being done than ever before thanks to a growing acceptance of graduate work in sports and journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports (JQAS). Working for a Sports media company such as ESPN presents its own challenges not seen elsewhere in the sports research by having to not only explain advanced statistical methods to other business people but also on-air talent who then has to relay the concepts to millions of casual sports fans in just a few seconds. I will walk through some struggles in this with a personal example and lessons learned in communication of sports analytics research to the casual sports fan. I will also talk about some of the proprietary ESPN metrics commonly seen on air and the basic statistical methodology behind each.

To request the link to join please contact one of the colloquium coordinators:  Kristen Rowland (rowlandke) or Nadun Dissanayake (nadunkul).

Published: Jan 25, 2022 10:04am