Weinberg: Can sabermetrics thrive on television broadcasts?

From Neil Weinberg at Beyond the Box Score on October 13, 2014, with mention of SABR member Rob Neyer:

Those who watched the advanced metrics themed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 during Game One of the NLCS universally agreed that they would have preferred less of the split screen, but otherwise the reviews of the material they covered and how they did it were pretty positive. There were obviously some growing pains and kinks to work out, but it was a different kind of broadcast that seemed to get everything mostly right except for the size of the picture.

Before considering the broader implications, let’s get you caught up on exactly how it happened. Fox carried the game normally on their standard broadcast channel with a simulcast on Fox Sports 1 featuring a studio of Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler, C.J. Nitkowski, Rob Neyer, and Bud Black. The hosts did demos, talked about advanced stats, and basically toyed around with conversations you couldn’t normally have if you were trying to do standard play by play.

Read the full article here: http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2014/10/13/6967385/sabermetrics-television-broadcasts-stats-jabo

Originally published: October 13, 2014. Last Updated: October 13, 2014.