15 Notes: How Data is Revolutionizing the NFL

I attended SXSW 2019 with my employer Sprinklr, and one of the sessions I got a lot out of was titled How Data is Revolutionizing the NFL.  I took notes on paper and now that I’m back in the office, I transcribed some of the most interesting notes from the session and thought I’d share them here.

I’m not a football fan, but I love data analysis, and this session was a lot of fun.  I think there’s a lot here that can be a source of inspiration for work in just about any sector, especially work that involves data.

* Each player has an individual game plan for each game (I didn’t realize that but of course it makes sense.  When I put my work to-do list on my calendar, that makes me feel a little like I’ve got an individual game plan in support of my team’s plan.)
* LA Rams analytics team has 3 people: a forecaster, a data architect, and a front end developer for internal systems.
* Whether it’s today or the 90’s before there were analytics teams, there have always been people looking at data, looking at probabilities, and trying to help teams make good decisions
* When you see players who are successful, you look to see if you can discover any new traits they have. Then you can look to find other people who have those traits as well but who may have missed other benchmarks and thus not been (Read more...)