The use of data in sports is partially about performance metrics and improving the game. More importantly, it’s about creating a better experience for the fans. For example, Bill Squadron, one of the faculty in Sports Industry Essentials, in his keynote speech to the Jockey Club, points out that horse racing fans think they know what’s going on out on the track. Data and statistics can show them what is really happening. The new prediction tools can provide an interactive experience that allows racing fans to compare scenarios, forecast race outcomes, and form the basis for a virtual racing industry.
Carl Crudup of the Dallas Cowboys says you need to take charge of your own career and find ways to move forward.