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Corruption in Serie B Soccer

By Harrison Chase Italian soccer is infamously riddled with corruption, with multiple scandals over the past decade. Although various forms of match fixing have occurred, the match fixing  described in Joe McGinniss’s book The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro particularly caught my eye. McGinniss recounts how, on the final weekend of the Serie B season, Castel Di Sangro, …Read More

Evaluating EPL Bookmakers

By Daniel Silberwasser With legal sports betting becoming a possibility in the U.S., it might be in our financial interest to investigate the track records of various U.K. soccer bookmakers. Using bookmaker data on the English Premier League from the past eleven seasons available online at football.data.co.uk (totaling over 4,000 matches), we can calculate the …Read More

Foul Play in the EPL?

By Daniel Silberwasser Home field advantage has become a crucial element of professional soccer. The final matches of major tournaments such as the UEFA Champions League are played in predetermined third party stadiums, and unlike other professional sports in the US, in order to establish strength of schedule parity across teams, during the regular season, …Read More

An Early Look at the 2019 USWNT World Cup Roster

By Brendan Kent We’ve got the three stars. We’ve had ourselves a ticker tape parade. And while I don’t think the celebration should end anytime soon, it’s been long enough since the final whistle blew in Vancouver to start thinking about the future of the USWNT. Using logistic regression on data from all previous WWCs and factoring in position, …Read More

A Way-Too-Early Prediction of the NFL Season

By Kurt Bullard Now that it’s late July, football fans everywhere are looking forward to the opening of training camp, preseason, and the not-so-distant start of the regular season.  Even though the so-called football experts struggle to forecast the outcomes of the 16-game season, I’ll try to put together a prediction model for the NFL …Read More

MLB 2015: First Half Recap

By Adam Gilfix Since tonight and tomorrow night are the only two of the entire MLB season with no games or All-Star festivities, it is a perfect day to recap the first “half” of 2015.  As you hopefully noticed by now, the first half – before the All-Star Break – of this Major League Baseball …Read More

Appreciating the Big Four in Tennis (Or is it the Big Three?)

By Carlos Pena-Lobel With the men’s semifinals starting up tomorrow, all eyes will turn to the action at Wimbledon, tennis’ oldest tournament.  One of the biggest storylines of the tournament was Rafael Nadal making an early exit, while Federer made it through with relative ease.  Federer is 2/3 in break points saved, whereas Djokovic is …Read More

Long-Ball Tournaments

By Austin Tymins Since the early days of the game, golf enthusiasts have been inspired and amazed by the long ball. The herculean viciousness of the long drive has long enraptured fans with the captivating pop off the clubface, the soaring height, and the heroic carry. In the lead up to this past weekend’s U.S. …Read More

Red Sox Betts and Holt Make More MLB History

By Adam Gilfix This post is just a short and sweet follow-up to this article regarding Red Sox players Alejandro De Aza, Mookie Betts, and Brock Holt becoming just the 11th trio of teammates to each double and triple in an MLB game within the last 100 years.  Good news for Sox fans (and there isn’t …Read More

Dustin Johnson’s Sunday Woes

By Kurt Bullard Before taking a leave of absence from the Tour for alcohol and suspected drug abuse, the biggest criticism of Dustin Johnson was his inability to close out a major. It first started when he entered the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with a three-stoke lead, only to …Read More