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Neil Paine
Neil Paine

Senior SportsWriter
FiveThirtyEight
https://fivethirtyeight.com/

Neil Paine is a writer and editor for FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism website. He covers a wide range of sports, with a focus on sabermetrics and statistical analysis. Before joining FiveThirtyEight, he worked as an analytics consultant for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and managed data for the Sports-Reference family of statistics websites. He's also written weekly columns for ESPN Insider and the New York Times. Neil graduated from Georgia Tech in 2009.

Twitter - @Neil_Paine

Episodes: 1/17/2018 @8:30 AM, 10/18/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/14/2017 @9:00 AM, 12/21/2016 @9:00 AM, 1/27/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @8:00 AM, 12/17/2014 @8:00 AM, 8/6/2014 @8:00 AM


Neil Greenberg
Neil Greenberg

Stats geek and sports writer
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com

Neil is a staff writer with The Washington Post whose beat is sports analytics. You can find his analysis and insight on the Fancy Stats blog where he covers all pro sports as well as college football and basketball. He also hosts “Crashing the Net” on 106.7 WFAN in Washington D.C. and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.

Episodes: 1/17/2018 @9:00 AM, 10/25/2017 @9:00 PM


Michael Salfino
Michael Salfino

Writer; Fantasy Analyst
Wall Street Journal; Yahoo! Sports
http://www.wsj.com/search/term.html?KEYWORDS=MICHAEL+SALFINO&bylinesearch=true

Michael Salfino is a writer for the Wall Street Journal and fantasy analyst for Yahoo! sports who most importantly asked Cade Massey if he could figure out a way to rank football teams and the rest is history.

Twitter - @MichaelSalfino
Yahoo! Sports - https://www.yahoo.com/author/michael-salfino/

Episodes: 1/10/2018 @8:30 AM, 12/7/2016 @8:30 AM


Ian Levy
Ian Levy

Senior NBA Editor
FanSided
http://fansided.com

Ian Levy is the Senior NBA Editor for FanSided, including Nylon Calculus and The Step Back.

Twitter - @HickoryHigh

Episode: 1/10/2018 @9:00 AM


Steven Godfrey
Steven Godfrey

Senior Reporter
SB Nation
http://www.sbnation.com/authors/steven-godfrey

Steven Godfrey is a senior reporter for SB Nation based in Nashville, Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Mississippi and a long suffering Atlanta sports fan, he can be reached on Twitter @38Godfrey.

Episodes: 1/3/2018 @8:30 AM, 8/16/2017 @9:00 AM, 11/25/2015 @8:35 AM


Nathan Jahnke
Nathan Jahnke

Director of Analytics; Director of Player Participation
Pro Football Focus
https://www.profootballfocus.com/

Nathan Jahnke is the Director of Analytics and Director of Player Participation at Pro Football Focus. He started in 2010 as a data collector, and has led multiple of Pro Football Focus data collection processes. As the Director of Analytics, he developed the methodology of turning the raw grades PFF collects into 0-100 season and game grades as well as some of the statistics used at PFF.

Twitter - @PFF_NateJahnke

Episodes: 1/3/2018 @9:00 AM, 4/27/2016 @8:00 AM


Dr. Mike Young
Dr. Mike Young

Director of Science and Performance
Athletic Lab
http://athleticlab.com/about/staff/mike-young/

Dr. Mike Young is the Director of Science & Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center in Cary, NC. He has a BS in Exercise Physiology, MS in Coaching Science and a PhD in Biomechanics. He is uniquely qualified as a coach, sport scientist and educator. As a coach he has trained athletes to international appearances in Track & Field, Skeleton, Weightlifting, & Bobsleigh. At the team level he won 6 national team championships while coaching at LSU and is the former fitness coach for the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL and Vancouver Whitecaps of the MLS. In Vancouver, he developed a comprehensive player monitoring system to examine the wellness and training readiness for all players on the team. As a sport scientist he works with organizations such as USA Track & Field, Exxentrics, and PUSH technology to conduct research and testing in the field of sports performance. He is also actively involved in coaching education, frequently lecturing for USA Track & Field, USA Spe(Show Full Bio)ed Skating, USA Weightlifting among other national governing bodies. He regularly consults with professional and collegiate sports teams to help them maximize sports performance and minimizing injury and is one of the most widely sought after high performance lecturers in the world.

Episodes: 12/27/2017 @8:20 AM, 6/17/2015 @9:00 AM


Bill Connelly
Bill Connelly

NCAA Football, Basketball, and Tennis Contributor; Author of "The 50 Best College Football Teams of All Time"
SBNation
http://www.sbnation.com/authors/bill-connelly

Bill Connelly grew up a fan of the Miami Dolphins (post-1970s glory), Pittsburgh Pirates (ditto), Portland Trailblazers (ditto again) and Missouri Tigers. That he still enjoys sports at all shows both severe loyalty and a potential personality disorder. He spends his evening playing with excel sheets and watching DVR'd football games from ESPN Classic. See more of his work at Rock M Nation, Football Outsiders and Football Study Hall.

Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XH8MB34/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Episodes: 12/27/2017 @9:30 AM, 11/1/2017 @9:00 AM, 9/6/2017 @9:00 AM, 4/26/2017 @9:00 AM, 11/9/2016 @9:00 AM


Mike Sexton
Mike Sexton

Professional Poker Player

Mike Sexton is a poker visionary who is considered one of the premiere ambassadors of poker, and was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2009. He is noted for creating two mega events in the poker world. He was the founder of both the Tournament of Champions of Poker (TOC) and the PartyPoker Million. Mike Sexton’s previous book, Shuffle Up and Deal was a NY Times best-seller. He conducts poker seminars throughout the country, was the primary instructor for the WPT Boot Camp when it launched and has done seminars at Harvard Law School & the Fisher School of Business at Ohio State. Sexton is also an Army veteran.

Twitter - @MikeSexton_WPT

Book - https://www.amazon.com/Lifes-Gamble-Mike-Sexton/dp/1909457566

Episodes: 12/27/2017 @8:40 AM, 3/8/2017 @8:00 AM, 1/4/2017 @8:30 PM


Rick Ankiel
Rick Ankiel

Former MLB Pitcher and Outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals; Author of "The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life"
http://www.espn.com/mlb/player/stats/_/id/4159/rick-ankiel

Rick Ankiel, who was a Major League pitcher and outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, among other teams for eleven seasons, retired in 2013 as the first player since Babe Ruth to win at least ten games as a pitcher and hit fifty home runs. He has previously been a coach with the Washington Nationals, specializing in advising players on the mental elements of the game and is currently a studio analyst for Fox Sports Midwest. He is the author of The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life (PublicAffairs).

Book - https://www.amazon.com/Phenomenon-Pressure-Yips-Pitch-Changed/dp/1610396863

Episodes: 12/27/2017 @8:00 AM, 5/10/2017 @8:30 AM


Ben Hansen
Ben Hansen

Chief Technology Officer, Lead Developer of motusBASEBALL
motus
http://motusglobal.com/

Episodes: 12/27/2017 @9:00 AM, 5/10/2017 @9:00 AM


Ty Schalter
Ty Schalter

Freelance Contributor
FiveThirtyEight
https://fivethirtyeight.com/contributors/ty-schalter/

Ty Schalter is a freelance writer and NFL analyst. His work regularly appears at FiveThirtyEight, VICE and elsewhere, and he edits Lions Wire for the USA TODAY Sports Media Group. He is is a husband, father and terrible bass player who uses words and numbers to analyze football. His work has been featured at The Athletic, SiriusXM and elsewhere.

Twitter - @tyschalter

Episodes: 12/20/2017 @8:00 AM, 8/2/2017 @9:00 AM


Ben Alamar
Ben Alamar

Director of Sports Analytics
ESPN
http://www.espn.com

Benjamin Alamar is the Director of Sports Analytics at ESPN and author of the Sports Analytics: A Guide for Coaches, Managers, and Other Decision Makers (August, 2013). He has consulted with a variety of teams in the NFL and NBA, including five seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and with a variety of companies in sports analytics. He has published numerous research studies in sports analytics and has written on sports analytics for outlets such as ESPN, Analytics Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Professor Alamar is the founding editor of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, the first peer-reviewed academic journal for research in sports analytics.

Episode: 12/20/2017 @8:00 AM


Ty Hildenbrandt
Ty Hildenbrandt

Producer, Co-Host
The Solid Verbal
http://www.solidverbal.com/

Ty Hildenbrandt is the host and producer of The Solid Verbal, an independent college football podcast he co-founded in 2008. Through the podcast, Ty has worked with ESPN, Sirius XM, SB Nation and other national media outlets. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.

The Solid Verbal is an independent, bi-weekly college football podcast with Ty Hildenbrandt and Dan Rubenstein.

In 2010, The Solid Verbal was syndicated on SiriusXM satellite radio. A year later in 2011, The Solid Verbal partnered with Grantland.com, providing the Grantland Network Podcast with a weekly college football recap show. In 2012, Ty and Dan spoke about podcasting at the prestigious SXSW Interactive show in Austin, TX before launching a live video series later in the year with the help of SBNation. In 2013, continuing a trend, the show again doubled its listenership for a sixth straight season.

The Solid Verbal continues through the regular season, post-season, and off-seaso(Show Full Bio)n, because fans don’t just love college football, they live it.

Twitter - @tyhildenbrandt | @solidverbal

Episodes: 12/13/2017 @8:30 AM, 12/16/2015 @8:00 AM, 9/2/2015 @8:00 AM


Neil Hornsby
Neil Hornsby

Founder, COO
ProFootballFocus
https://www.profootballfocus.com/

Neil Hornsby founded Pro Football Focus (PFF) in 2006 and developed a patent pending grading methodology to objectively assess and rank individual player performance. Neil is responsible for partnerships with 24 NFL teams and many College football programs as well as major media networks. He is constantly developing new insights into the game and player performance to help teams win more football games.

Twitter - @PFF | @PFF_Neil

Episodes: 12/13/2017 @9:00 AM, 4/27/2016 @8:00 AM


Stephen Prather
Stephen Prather

Co-Founder
SportsSource Analytics

Stephen Prather is one of the co-founders of SportSource Analytics. Stephen is a native of Atlanta, GA and earned his undergraduate and MBA degree from Vanderbilt University. His experiences have taken him from Capitol Hill to commercial real estate brokerage to advanced data analytics.

Episodes: 12/6/2017 @9:00 AM, 12/28/2016 @9:00 AM, 9/28/2016 @9:00 AM, 11/18/2015 @8:00 AM, 8/27/2014 @8:00 AM


Chris Alexopoulos
Chris Alexopoulos

Soccer Producer
ESPN
http://espn.com

- I've been at ESPN since 1995, working exclusively in Event Production, which concentrates on games, not studio shows.
- Lead Soccer Producer since 2007 - working on MLS, US Soccer, Euros, and the last 5 World Cups
- Proudest acheivement: Meeting Cade Massey in 2008

Episodes: 12/6/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/8/2015 @9:00 AM


Dean Oliver
Dean Oliver

VP of Data Science
TruMedia

Dean Oliver is the Vice President of Data Science for TruMedia, a company providing analytical databases to teams and the media. Dean has been a pioneer in sports analytics across basketball and football. His book, Basketball on Paper, serves as the principle handbook for doing basketball analytics and he has worked in the front office for the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings. His work has been lauded by sabermetrics pioneer Bill James, Hall of Fame basketball coach Dean Smith, and has been featured in media outlets for more than a decade. From team efficiency ratings to the Four Factors to individual offensive and defensive ratings – Dean Oliver has had a significant hand in all of basketball analytics.

At ESPN, Dean headed up the sports analytics group, developing products across multiple sports. That group constructed numerous important metrics to better evaluate football players and units, including Total QBR for quarterbacks, Pass Protection for the offensive line, and P(Show Full Bio)ass Rush for the defensive line. It also constructed the Football Power Index, the College Basketball Power Index, and improved the Soccer Power Index, originally developed by Nate Silver. Dean was a regular voice in working with analysts and coaches on TV and online so that they started seeing the value of analytics to storytelling.

Episodes: 11/29/2017 @9:00 AM, 11/11/2015 @8:00 AM


Jerry Palm
Jerry Palm

Senior Writer
CBS Sports
https://www.cbssports.com/writers/jerry-palm/

Jerry Palm started writing about sports on the Internet right after Al Gore invented it. He was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket. After tracking it for more than 20 years, he understands the NCAA Tournament selection process as well as those involved in setting the bracket. When the BCS was created in 1998, Jerry brought his same statistical and analytical know-how to football. That has continued with the BCS's evolution into the College Football Playoff.

Twitter - @jppalmCBS

Episode: 11/29/2017 @8:30 AM


Chase Stuart
Chase Stuart

Founder and Writer
FootballPerspective
http://footballperspective.com/

Chase has written about football history and analytics for the last 15 years. He began his career covering fantasy football at Footballguys.com, and now operates his own site, FootballPerspective.com. Over the course of his career, Chase has written for Pro-Football-Reference.com, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and FiveThirtyEight.

Twitter - @bgchase

Episodes: 11/22/2017 @8:30 AM, 8/16/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/29/2015 @9:00 AM


Tom Haberstroh
Tom Haberstroh

Co-Founder, Writer and Analyst; Writer at Bleacher Report
Spotlight Media Ventures
http://leveragethechat.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomhaberstroh/

Twitter - @tomhaberstroh
Bleacher Report - http://bleacherreport.com

Episode: 11/22/2017 @9:00 AM


Brian Burke
Brian Burke

Sr. Analyst; Creator of Advanced Football Analytics
ESPN
http://www.advancedfootballanalytics.com/

Brian Burke is a senior analyst for ESPN. Prior to joining ESPN, Brian was a consultant to several NFL teams and a regular contributor to the NY Times, Washington Post, Slate, NBC Sports and other outlets. He helped develop many of the core models and tools used in football analytics today, and much of his research can be found at his former website AdvancedFootballAnalytics.com. Brian is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and was a Navy carrier pilot and combat veteran.

Twitter - @bburkeESPN
ESPN - http://espn.com/analytics

Episodes: 11/15/2017 @9:00 AM, 8/30/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/12/2017 @9:00 AM


Chris Herring
Chris Herring

Senior Sportswriter, FiveThirtyEight
ESPN
https://fivethirtyeight.com/contributors/chris-herring/

Chris is a senior sportswriter for ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight. He is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University who had previously worked as the Knicks beat writer for the Wall Street Journal.

Twitter - @herring_nba

Episode: 11/15/2017 @8:30 AM


Ben Reiter
Ben Reiter

Senior Writer
Sports Illustrated
http://SI.com

Ben Reiter is a features writer and columnist for Sports Illustrated and SI.com. He has written 21 cover stories for the magazine, including a Feb. 23, 2009 profile of the Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (The Fabulous New Life of Cole Hamels: http://www.si.com/vault/2009/02/23/105781016/the-fabulous-new-life-of-cole-hamels) and a June 30, 2014 piece for which he embedded inside the Houston Astros’ front office, providing unusual access to an unprecedented and controversial rebuilding effort (Astro-Matic Baseball: http://www.si.com/longform/astros/index.html). His Dec. 9, 2014 profile of the Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (The World’s Most Interesting Unicorn: http://www.si.com/nfl/2013/12/04/martellus-bennett-chicago-bears) was named a notable selection in The Best American Sports Writing 2014.

Reiter (pronounced writer), 37, joined SI in 2004 and lives in New York City. He is a graduate of Yale and Cambridge. He frequently appears on radio and TV stations across the co(Show Full Bio)untry, and is a regular guest the MLB Network.

Twitter - @BenReiter

Episode: 11/8/2017 @9:00 AM


Kelly Dwyer
Kelly Dwyer

Founder
The Second Arrangement
https://tsa.substack.com

I’m a sportswriter from the American Midwest whose work has appeared at Yahoo, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated’s website. I’ve been at this since 1997, when I began writing about the NBA for a website called OnHoops.

Twitter - @KDOnHoops

Episode: 11/8/2017 @8:30 AM