Counterpoints: The Sports Analytics Podcast from MIT Sloan Management Review
By MIT Sloan Management Review
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This is a show for sports professionals, data junkies, and fans alike. It’s a show for anyone who knows that numbers are about much more than the score. Hosts Ben Shields (MIT Sloan School of Management) and Paul Michelman (MIT Sloan Management Review) engage the world’s premier sports analytics experts in a lively, occasionally controversial, conversation about what’s really happening both on and off the field.
||CleanHow Much Do Coaches Actually Matter?||Eddie Robinson at Grambling. Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. Gregg Popovich with the Spurs. It’s hard to underestimate the impact these coaches have had on their organizations. But are coaches always an X factor? Consider the Golden State Warriors....||3/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Out-getting" Is the Next Great Baseball Strategy. Or Not.||Most Counterpoints listeners are well familiar with the sweeping changes that Moneyball brought to offensive strategy in baseball. Are we now on the cusp of a similarly profound transformation of pitching? Some believe the practice of "out-getting" is..||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMapping Tom Brady's Brain||It is incredibly difficult to judge individual talent in the NFL, because so much of a player's ability to succeed is based on context: his teammates and the system in which he operates. But the need to isolate performance is huge. Those who gain a...||2/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Would Happen if Baseball Outlawed the Shift?||Supporters of the shift believe it's a solid baseball strategy. By overloading defenders to the side of the field where a hitter routinely drives the ball, teams should get outs more easily. When to deploy the shift is a game of numbers. It depends on..||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs It Possible to Judge Individual Talent in the NFL?||When the Patriots and the Rams take the field on Sunday, February 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53, both teams will be there on the backs of several players few expected to become as important as they are — and in...||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy F1 Mathematicians Should Be Paid More than Drivers||On the Formula One circuit, tenths and even hundredths of seconds can be the difference between podium glory and being out of a job. Races are won and lost thanks to the skills of the drivers and the strength of the car, it is true. But as the...||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo, Do Analytics Actually Work?||In this week’s episode, we take on a question that could lead to an existential crisis for this very podcast: How much of a difference do analytics actually make? We’d better hope the answer is that analytics make a big difference. The emergence...||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen NHL Best Practices Go Overboard||In pairing right-handed defensemen with left-handed defensemen, many NHL teams believe they are following a proven and, seemingly obvious, formula. If defensemen play on their strong side, they will be more effective at their jobs. Conventional wisdom..||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSleep is the Greatest Legal Advantage in Sports||Does everyone benefit equally from the same amount of sleep? And how exactly does one measure its specific impact on performance — athletic or otherwise? After all, if you’re going to convince a young athlete to give up party time or practice time..||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Quest to Measure Basketball IQ||Basketball IQ is one of the game’s holy analytical grails. We know it’s there, or at least we think we know it’s there. But what is it even made of? Intuition? Vision? Knowledge of the game? Or is it simply natural intelligence and brain...||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo Teams Need to Win to Sell Tickets?||It’s easy to understand why winning teams would draw more fans — a great team features exciting players, entertaining competition, and the expectation of feeling satisfied once the game is over. But are those qualities actually tied to wins and...||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreview Episode||This is a sports analytics show for sports professionals, data junkies, and fans alike. It’s a show for anyone who knows that numbers are about much more than the score. Hosts Ben Shields (MIT Sloan School of Management) and Paul Michelman (MIT...||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
For my peace
Good entertainment for someone curious about analytics in sports but needs to digest it in non scientific or mathmatic terms so thanks for making it consumable to the masses
Can’t wait for the next one!
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