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ESPN.com/Analytics to Aggregate an Always-On Collection of Analytics Writing, Data and Tools, Complementing FiveThirtyEight.com
ESPN.com today announced that it will soon launch ESPN.com/Analytics, a single online destination for analytics content powered by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group (SIG). Fans will be able to access featured rankings including QBR, Football, Basketball and Soccer Power Indexes as well as original work from SIG writers. In addition, a roster of ESPN.com writers will contribute regularly to the section, along with content from Football Outsiders, Hockey Prospectus, Fangraphs and others.
The new section will also provide a home for ESPN’s Stats & Info blog, which offers timely analysis of live games, milestones and breaking news from around the world of sports. It will also connect with SIG’s extraordinarily popular Twitter feed, @ESPNStatsInfo, which currently attracts nearly 1.4 million followers.
ESPN.com/Analytics will complement and cross-promote the outstanding work of FiveThirtyEight.com, which features leading data journalism storytelling not just about sports but politics, the economy, science, life and popular culture.
“The quality of content that SIG consistently produces deserves its own space on ESPN.com,” said Chad Millman, Vice President & Editorial Director, Domestic Digital Content, ESPN. “By creating a one-stop destination for SIG’s analytics content, we are amplifying the hard work and dedication from this team while also better serving sports fans.”
“Sports analytics are an important part of our storytelling,” Noel Nash, Vice President, Stats & Information Group, ESPN. “This new section will serve our most avid followers with all of ESPN’s statistics, data, tools and rankings in one easily accessible destination.”
The launch date of ESPN.com/Analytics will be announced at a later date.
About ESPN Stats & Information Group and the Sports Analytics Team
The ESPN Stats & Information Group (SIG) serves fans across all the company’s platforms with the fastest, most accurate and insightful statistics, scores, news and analysis. The Sports Analytics team – founded five years ago by Jeff Bennett, SIG Vice President of Business and Analytics – is a multidisciplinary group where all members have a deep knowledge of sports, statistics, databases, programming logic and languages, and storytelling. Combining best-in-the-industry data with advanced mathematics and statistical modeling skills, the Sports Analytics team has created storytelling tools and metrics that have improved the evaluation of team and player performance, such as Total QBR and predictive power ratings for college football, college basketball and soccer. These products make fans better informed and help keep ESPN at the cutting edge of sports statistical analysis.