New podcast: The future of football analytics with Michael Lopez

On this episode of the Off The Charts Football Podcast, Matt Manocherian (@mattmano) and Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) are joined by Michael Lopez (@StatsbyLopez), the Director of Football Data and Analytics for the NFL.

This week:

  • Michael discusses his role with the NFL and what he’s working on now (0:47)
  • Gives an overview of Next Gen’s evolution (6:07)
  • Talks about using data to evaluate the game of football (7:24)
  • Gives the stat he likes the most (17:06)
  • Talks about the process of presenting data (26:16)
  • Mentions the Big Data Bowl (29:14).
  • Alex Vigderman (@VigManOnCampus) of the SIS Research Team then joins Matt to react to what Michael had to say (30:58).


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