Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers

Hardcover | August 6, 2013

byBenjamin C. AlamarForeword byDean Oliver

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Benjamin C. Alamar founded the first journal dedicated to sports statistics, the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. He developed and teaches a class on sports analytics for managers at the University of San Francisco and has published numerous cutting-edge studies on strategy and player evaluation. Today, he cochairs the sports statistics section of the International Statistics Institute and consults with several professional teams and businesses in sports analytics.

There isn't a better representative of this emerging field to show diverse organizations how to implement analytics into their decision-making strategies, especially as analytic tools grow increasingly complex. Alamar provides a clear, easily digestible survey of the practice and a detailed understanding of analytics' vast possibilities. He explains how to evaluate different programs and put them to use. Using concrete examples from professional sports teams and case studies demonstrating the use and value of analytics in the field, Alamar designs a roadmap for managers, general managers, and other professionals as they build their own programs and teach their approach to others.

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Benjamin C. Alamar founded the first journal dedicated to sports statistics, the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. He developed and teaches a class on sports analytics for managers at the University of San Francisco and has published numerous cutting-edge studies on strategy and player evaluation. Today, he cochairs the spor...

Benjamin C. Alamar is a professor of sport management at Menlo College and a sports analytics consultant/researcher. He has consulted with a variety of teams in the NFL and NBA, including five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and with a variety of companies in sports analytics. He has published numerous research studies in spor...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:152 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231162928

ISBN - 13:9780231162920

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ForewordAcknowledgments1. Introduction to Sports Analytics2. Data and Data Management3. Data and Information4. Predictive Analytics and Metrics5. New Metrics6. Information Systems7. Analytics in the Organization: Innovation and Implementation8. A Blueprint for Analytic Success9. Building and Managing an Analytic TeamNotesIndex

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Alamar combines first-hand experience as an analytics consultant with investigative research to provide an insider's view of team sports decision making. Using industry examples instead of complicated formulas or equations, he is able to bridge the gap between the executive suite and sports fans. This is a great read for anyone interested in learning more about how the sports world operates behind the scenes.