Podcast: David Purdum on legalizing sports betting

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I welcome David Purdum, writer for ESPN Chalk. We discuss the recent Supreme Court decision that opens the door for states to allow sports betting.

Among other topics, we discuss:

  • The benefits of a federal versus state by state framework
  • The reason why offshore sports book are still illegal
  • How the new legal framework puts the NCAA in a difficult situation
  • The role that tech giants like Amazon and Google might play

As much as I enjoyed talking to David about sports, I had an even better time talking Hunter S. Thompson and Jack White later in the show.

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Podcast: Wisdom of Crowds Prediction of the 2018 NFL Draft

On this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I use a wisdom of crowds approach and aggregate mock drafts to make accurate predictions for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Last year, this predictor was more accurate than all but one of the constituent mock drafts. In this episode, I discuss where the top quarterbacks go in the first round, who will take Saquon Barkley and possible improvements to the model.

You can check out the complete predictions for the 2018 NFL Draft by wisdom of crowds.

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Podcast: Adam Stanco on predicting the NCAA tournament champion, Part 2

I continue my conversation with Adam Stanco, producer at the Pac-12 Network and hoops expert, on teams that can win the 2018 NCAA tournament.

In Part 1, we discussed Virginia, Villanova, Duke and Cincinnati. In this Part 2, we get into these topics:

  • The player that needs to excel for Michigan State to make a deep run
  • The reason why North Carolina could be better than the numbers indicate
  • The problem Kansas has on defense
  • How Michigan makes a deep run in this tournament
  • Two other teams that Adam finds intriguing as championship contenders

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Podcast: Adam Stanco on predicting the NCAA tournament champion, Part 1

On this episode of the podcast, Adam Stanco, producer on the Pac-12 Network and hoops expert, joins me to break down the teams that can win the 2018 NCAA tournament.

We focus on primary contenders because the choice of champion is the most important choice you will make in filling out your bracket.

Among other topics, we discuss:

  • The flaw that might hamper Villanova
  • How much NBA talent does Virginia have on its team?
  • The reason why Duke’s zone defense might work
  • How Duke’s defense rank has changed since going to the zone, and why it might be a fluke
  • Can Cincinnati score enough to win 6 games?

This is part 1 of my conversation with Adam. In Part 2, we will break down another set of teams that could win the tournament.

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Podcast: Should you avoid picking 3 point shooting teams to win the tournament?

Live by the three, die by the three.

The conventional wisdom says that teams that shoot a lot of three point shots have high variability in their performance. This makes it difficult to win the NCAA tournament.

In 2014, I did some research that suggested 3 point shooting teams do not win the tournament. However, college basketball has changed in the last 4 years, and we revisit this advice.

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