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Analytics not really a big thing with you?

January 8, 2016

Browns get podestaWednesday morning I received an email from Lauren titled “Blog Material?” Her message included a clichéd picture of typically joyous Bill Belichick, and the headline, Bill Belichick Doesn’t Bother With Analytics, Either. Apparently the coach was dismissive in a press conference about advanced analytics, saying “That’s not really a big thing with me.”

A couple hours later, Ed sent me Browns’ Dive into Analytics Not as Crazy as It Seems. That article uh, analyzed the hiring of Paul DePodesta, most recently vice president of player development and amateur scouting for the New York Mets. In case you’re not a sports fan, the Browns are a football team and the Mets play baseball. You may know Mr. DePodesta from the film “Moneyball.” Yeah, he was Billy Beane’s data muse.

So what are we to make from all of this? Well, I think the coach may be doing a Lloyd Christmas impression. Do the Patriots leave unexplored anything that might give them an advantage? OK, I still don’t get the kicking off in overtime thing last week in Miami, but that’s not important right now. What is important is that probably all professional sports teams in 2016 are using analytics in their efforts to acquire and manage talent. Hey, every business should and can.

Ed also wrote, “Maybe you can use this angle to highlight Kronos analytics.”

Thanks, man. And you too, Lauren.

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