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The Expected Value podcast takes you inside the sports analytics world, by talking with people who work for teams, media and other organizations. Conversations focus on what they do, how they do it, and how they got there. Baseball, football, soccer, basketball and more sports will be covered. Please subscribe and enjoy!

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The Expected Value podcast takes you inside the sports analytics world, by talking with people who work for teams, media and other organizations. Conversations focus on what they do, how they do it, and how they got there. Baseball, football, soccer, basketball and more sports will be covered. Please subscribe and enjoy!

    Tyler Heaps - Director of Sporting Analytics, U.S. Soccer

    Tyler Heaps - Director of Sporting Analytics, U.S. Soccer

    Tyler Heaps is U.S. Soccer’s director of sporting analytics, and in this
    episode he’ll talk about…

    - Working with national teams from the senior level through the youth ranks
    - How they’re handling work during the pandemic
    - Thoughts on what Gregg Berhalter said in the previous episode
    - Factoring league quality into analysis
    - Dealing with small sample sizes
    - Keys to working and communicating with a wide swath of coaches and
    players
    - How he watches a game
    - What’s interesting about player-tracking data
    - His role in France with the World Cup-winning U.S. women
    - Tips for breaking into the sports analytics field
    - His favorite stadium in England

    Show links
    - Follow Tyler on Twitter and LinkedIn
    - 2019 NESSIS panel
    - Article on his 2019 Opta Pro Soccer presentation
    - Augsburg alumni spotlight
    - Follow @TruMediaSports on Twitter

    • 40 min
    Gregg Berhalter - U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach

    Gregg Berhalter - U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach

    Gregg Berhalter has been the head coach of the United States men’s national
    soccer team since December 2018, following a playing career that spanned 18
    years and four countries (Netherlands, England, Germany, U.S.). He
    thenmanaged Swedish club Hammarby and the Columbus Crew before taking the
    USMNT job. In this conversation, Berhalter discusses…

    - How data crept into his prep process as a player and coach
    - How he and his staff use analytics to monitor the player pool
    - Using data in game prep and during games
    - What happens when data and the eye test conflict
    - Keys to communicating data to players
    - How he watches a game with data in mind
    - One of his favorite games from his playing career
    - His godfather, Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski

    Show links
    - Gregg Berhalter’s U.S. Soccer bio
    - How the USMNT uses fitness data
    - Highlights of the 2008 German Cup quarterfinal between Bayern and 1860
    Munich
    - Berhalter’s godfather is Carl Yastrzemski
    - TruMedia on Twitter: @TruMediaSports

    • 33 min
    Corrie van Zyl - Cricket South Africa

    Corrie van Zyl - Cricket South Africa

    Corrie van Zyl is a Cricket South Africa consultant who previously served
    as CSA’s general manager and the head coach of the South Africa national
    team, and he played for South Africa in the early 1990s. He talks about…

    - How cricket data has evolved and what tracking data is now available
    - How teams use data in player selection, match prep, batting orders,
    in-game decisions
    - Analytics tools like ProVision and Hawkeye
    - Strategic differences between test cricket and T20 cricket
    - How the game has changed in recent years
    - Parallels between cricket and baseball analytics
    - Future of cricket analytics

    Show links
    - Corrie van Zyl on ESPNcricinfo
    - Two-minute cricket primer video
    - Cricket South Africa- ProVision analytics platform
    - Lord’s Cricket Ground in London
    - TruMedia on Twitter: @TruMediaSports

    • 42 min
    Ben Mackriell - Stats Perform

    Ben Mackriell - Stats Perform

    Ben Mackriell is the Head of Team Performance Product Strategy at Stats
    Perform, which owns the data-tracking company Opta. In our conversation,
    Ben discusses…

    - What teams are doing with data while leagues are shut down
    - How he got into sports analytics
    - His first club job with Everton
    - Working at Everton, Fulham, Reading, Norwich City & Burnley
    - The best advice he received as an analyst
    - Keys to communicating data at clubs
    - How he works with clubs in his Stats Perform role
    - AI, computer vision, and the future of analytics
    - The state of analytics in cricket and rugby
    - Why he roots for Boston teams
    - Joining Fulham right before Clint Dempsey’s famous chip against Juventus

    Show links
    - Follow Ben on Twitter (@BenMackriell) & LinkedIn
    - Stats Perform & OptaPro
    - ProVision, the analytical platform from Stats Perform & TruMedia
    - How Opta collects data
    - Ben’s reflections on the 2020 OptaPro Forum
    - British Lions 2017 rugby documentary
    - Clint Dempsey’s chip vs Juventus in the 2010 Europa League quarters
    - The Test, an Australian cricket documentary series on Amazon Prime
    - The MVP Machine, by Ben Lindbergh & Travis Sawchik
    - Stats Perform on Twitter: @StatsPerform
    - TruMedia on Twitter: @TruMediaSports

    • 59 min
    Steve Fenn - Data Visualization Architect

    Steve Fenn - Data Visualization Architect

    Steve Fenn is a data visualization architect who specializes in Tableau. In
    our conversation, he’ll talk about…

    - Importance and usefulness of data visualization
    - What Tableau is, how it’s used to create data viz, and why it’s popular
    - Principles of good data viz
    - Common mistakes he sees
    - Good visualizations he’s created and mistakes he’s made
    - His Tableau Development Academy

    Show links
    - Steve’s Tableau Development Academy
    - Follow Steve on Twitter: @StatHunting
    - Steve on LinkedIn
    - Steve’s Tableau page
    - Jimi Hendrix visualization
    - Star Wars visualization
    - MLS payroll visualization
    - Makeover Monday
    - Steve on John Burn-Murdoch’s visualization talk at the Sounders Analytics
    Conference
    - Follow TruMedia on Twitter: @TruMediaSports

    • 47 min
    Cynthia Frelund - Data Scientist, NFL Network

    Cynthia Frelund - Data Scientist, NFL Network

    Cynthia Frelund is a data scientist for the NFL Network, where she brings
    analytical insight to all aspects of the network’s coverage, including this
    week’s NFL Draft. In this episode, Cynthia talks about…

    - Her analytics-based mock draft and how it differs from traditional mocks
    and big boards
    - What prospect jumps out to her from a data perspective
    - How she uses predictive analytics during the NFL season
    - Dealing with the inevitability of predictions being wrong
    - Communicating data and working through resistance to analytics
    - Listening to NFL personnel and translating their thoughts into data
    - Tools that go into her modeling (including Computer Vision, NGS data and
    various programming languages)
    - Her path through business school and ESPN to her current position
    - Advice to women in the field
    - Her favorite marathon of the 20+ that she’s run

    Show Links- Follow Cynthia on Twitter: @cfrelund
    - Women in Football Draft Special on Twitch
    - Mock Draft 2.0
    - Analytics-based fits for top QBs
    - Cynthia’s NFL.com articles
    - Jets.com profile
    - Women in Sports Tech profile
    - Reddit AMA
    - FoxSports.com conversation
    - The42.ie interview
    - Northwestern’s predictive analytics master’s program
    - Follow TruMedia on Twitter: @TruMediaSports

    • 42 min

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22 Ratings

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Paul Carr rocks

I’ve been following Paul’s work for a while and so to be able to hear him break down the analytics world with other professionals is just awesome!

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I first heard of Paul Carr when he was blowing my mind during the 2014 World Cup. Since the I learned he’s a Wheaton grad and that blows my mind even more. 5 stars for life.

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