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A letter to the Secret Soccer Analyst

Dear Secret Soccer Analyst I have four apologies to make to you. First, I am sorry I missed your post when you first published it. Fortunately, Richard Whittall, Rob Carroll and Darrell Cobner alerted me to your story. When I last looked Richard's tweet had received 918 likes and 255 retweets. Martin Bucheit's tweet about your post has 19 likes. Your open sharing has touched many people. I am late to the party but am touched too. Profoundly so.  I have been involved in the analysis of performance since the late 1970s. In the 1990s, I worked as a performance analyst in rugby...

Coming to Terms with Sport Analytics

Introduction Earlier this month, I read Richard Whittall's discussion of Sports Analytics as a mass movement with no name. Shortly afterwards, I found Seth Partnow's Moreyball, Goodhart's Law and the limits of analytics. I have just finished reading another Richard Whittall post, Why Football Analysts Should Think Like Bettors. A chance encounter in a Bowral coffee shop with an old (second) edition of Richard Lipsey's An Introduction to Positive Economics brought my three analytics reads into focus. A movement with no name? I like meta posts and thought Richard's discussion of the analytics environment as a movement with no name was fascinating. He starts...