By: Edward Egros

Concussions in the Media

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For a change of pace, I am the guest for this podcast. Host Amy Zellmer has put together a series discussing traumatic brain injuries (TBI). I discuss how the media has covered concussions, what the research can explain and what has yet to be proven scientifically. I also discuss the need for additional research and how journalists can do a better job of telling stories about head injuries, largely with a better comprehension of analytics.

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Analytics and the Media

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As analytics continue to dig deeper into the trends of sports, the media must also keep up with how these tools are used and what they mean. There is an intelligence the media must respect when it comes to what the audience can process, but also strike that balance with those who may not care about quantitative measures. Reporters must also be more mindful of these tools so they can find the best ways to convey this information for the biggest impact.

To discuss these issues and so much more, I was recently part of a media panel with other writers and broadcasters at
SportCon, a sports analytics conference put on by Minneanalytics in Minneapolis. Leading the panel is Sean Aronson with the St. Paul Saints, Amy Zellmer, author of the book: "Life with a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal" and finally Mike Berardino, a baseball writer for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

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Using Coaching Stats to Predict the NFL Season

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If it's done more than once in the podcasting world, you might as well call it a tradition. It's time now for our second installment of our NFL season preview and once again, we'll spend this episode focusing on what many do not discuss: the coaching and the playbook.

Kevin Braig, also known as Quant Coach, looks at coaching and play design, separates those contributions from that of the players' and determines the most efficient football teams and who is likeliest to be the most successful the rest of the way. You can follow him on Twitter
@quantcoach and check out his website: quantcoach.com.

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Fantasy Football Tips & Trends

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Pro football players have already started preparing for the upcoming NFL season, months before games actually begin. Fantasy football players are no different. The most prepared are keeping up with training camps across the country, projecting performances for key skill players and maybe even assembling personal draft boards.

Daily fantasy sports may be less accessible and popular within the last couple of years, but there are signs season-long fantasy football has a more rabid following than ever before. After a couple of years of getting shut down, the
National Fantasy Football Convention finally got off the ground this July in Dallas. I was fortunate enough to speak at a panel at the conference, devoted to the analytics of fantasy football. Also on this panel are: George Kondraske, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, Jon Hartley, an economics contributor for Forbes Magazine and the Huffington Post, and Troy Brazell, CEO of Optima Sports Analytics.

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Previewing the Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference

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Next month, I will be speaking at the Great Lakes Analytics in Sports Conference. This event features the latest and greatest in sports analytics, with speakers from across the country discussing their unique research. My talk will be about my own research and how I incorporate these complicated concepts into easily digestible reports for television. The conference will be July 13th at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. For more information, click here.

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