Part of a Big Data push by Syncsort, the blog post
Big Game, Big Data: How Football is Being Transformed by Big Data
forecast the arrival of real time data from NFL games, which was announced more than a year and half later.
“The 2013 Oakland A’s, says Allen Barra in the Atlantic, not the 2002 team depicted in the film, are the real Moneyball team. Given that football is more popular than baseball, is there a football Moneyball equivalent to the data-driven strategy exemplified in the film about baseball?
If there is one, it’s probably a team in fantasy football.
Traditional football data is abundant. A site called StatisticBrain.com will tell you that 73% of the time, the team picked by oddsmakers win, and that the team that scores first has won 75% of the time. (You will also learn the popular factoid that the average cost of a 30-second Super Bowl ad is $3.5M.) These conclusions are probably not drawn from Big Data.”