A Mathletic Look at Statistics in Sports, including Forecasts for the Redskins and Ravens
Contact: Mark Schoeff Jr., chair, NPC Newsmakers Committee (202-662-7218, firstname.lastname@example.org ); Lura Forcum, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (812-856-1232, email@example.com)
Indiana University Professor Wayne Winston will discuss sports and statistics at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 in the Lisagor Room, 13th floor, National Press Building, 529 14th St., N.W. Winston will explain how statistics can be used to predict how a player changes a team’s chances of winning. He’ll also reveal his stats-based projections for the upcoming Redskins and Ravens seasons.
Winston is the author of Mathletics (Princeton University Press), a new book that explains why the sports statistics that newspapers publish are useless and which stats actually matter when evaluating players and teams in football, basketball and baseball. Winston is a professor at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Winston will be joined by Timothy A. Franklin, director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University and former editor of The Baltimore Sun and sports editor of the Chicago Tribune. Franklin will discuss how sports statistics can enable reporters to give their readers new insights into the teams they cover. He also will address trends in sports media more generally.
Formed in 2009, the National Sports Journalism Center is based at Indiana University’s School of Journalism. The center’s mission is to provide instruction, discussion and research on the issues facing sports journalists. The center is now the home of the Associated Press Sports Editors, the nation’s largest professional sports media organization. It also produces the nation’s most comprehensive sports media Web site, www.sportsjournalism.org.
Russ Thaler, anchor for SportsNite on Comcast SportsNet as well as chief digital correspondent at CSNWashington.com, will moderate the event. Thaler was formerly the host of Washington Post Live. He now blogs about the Redskins, Ravens, and sports in general when he’s not anchoring SportsNite.