Podcast: Ryan Rodenberg on the legalization of sports betting in the United States

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I talk with Professor Ryan Rodenberg of Florida State on the legal status of betting on games in the United States. He has both a J.D. and a Ph.D. and performs research in sports law analytics.

Ryan explains the legal status of betting on games, which culminates in the Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear a case from New Jersey to legalize betting.

I was particularly intrigued by the role of the NBA in this case. Ryan explains why the NBA seeks to prevent New Jersey from legalizing betting but also publicly favors betting on games.

Throughout the interview, Ryan keeps the conversation jargon free and accessible for those without a law degree.

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You can find more legal content from Ryan and others on the Sports Law Blog.

Podcast: Nik Bonaddio on fantasy football analytics and funding your company

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, Nik Bonaddio, the founder and CEO of numberFire, joins me. We had a wide ranging conversation on football analytics, venture capital and running.

The topics we discussed include:

  • The core idea behind how numberFire makes fantasy football projections for their 2017 Draft Kit
  • The details on why numberFire gives you a 30% better chance to win your fantasy football league
  • The type of companies that get venture capital funding
  • The sports book Nik has read at least 10 times
  • The insights on his personal blog

I really enjoyed the range of topics discussed with Nik, and we didn’t even get to talk about his high school design project Lockjaw.

I end the show with thoughts on the one thing that will go wrong for Alabama in 2017. These prediction segments will become a core part of the show.

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Podcast: Stewart Mandel on college football analytics at the All-American

On this episode of the Football Analytics Show, I talk with Stewart Mandel, head of the new subscription college football site The All-American. He’s previously written for Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.

Among other topics, we discuss:

  • The type of analytics that will distinguish the All-American from other college football sites
  • The primary frustration that drove Stewart to this new project
  • The Power 5 conference that came in dead last in his coaching talent rankings
  • The ACC team that could challenge Florida State and Clemson in their division
  • How to pitch (and not pitch) Stewart on writing for the All-American

I’ve always looked up to Stewart’s writing and enjoyed our conversation about his new project. You can get updates on The All-American here.

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NFL lineman John Urschel retires to focus on math

When I interviewed Baltimore Ravens lineman John Urschel, I was surprised by one of his answers.

I asked him why he plays football when he could protect his brain in pursuit of his math career. He’s currently working on his Ph.D. in math at MIT.

A few highlights from his response.

I got my pension last year, which is huge. Trust me, I celebrated on the inside.

This is the league allowed me to buy my mother a house.

I expected an answer about how he loved the physical contact. Instead, he alluded to the financial rewards of the job.

Urschel retired from football before the start of the 2017 season. He’ll work on his math career now.

In my interview, I try to show how Urschel isn’t your ordinary MIT graduate student. He could have submitted one of his undergraduate papers as a Ph.D. thesis. He continues to both publish and work on interesting new topics.

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Podcast: The Top 3 Stories From The 2017 Preseason College Football Rankings

On this episode of the Football Analytics Show, I discuss the 3 stories that jumped out at me when I first looked at my 2017 preseason college football rankings. Among the topics of discussion:

  • The factor that can really screw up my team rankings based on points.
  • The 3 teams that might have been one hit wonders in 2016.
  • The blue blood program primed for a rebound in 2017. Texas? Notre Dame? Nebraska? So many teams to pick from.
  • The Pac-12 team in the top 10 that could be overrated despite their strong past performance.

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