A few years back the buzz word in English football was Money Ball. It seemed that every up and coming manager had brought the book of the same name. With no one really having big success it really died off and the successful teams continue to be he richest clubs. I think one of the problems is football is doesn’t lend itself to data in the way that Baseball does. Maybe of Cricket had more money and media hype outside of twenty twenty and he international games it may have a more natural fit. Theres an interesting article on Wireds Playbook site (one of my new favourite sites) that talks about data and minor league baseball
- El Paso Baseball: What Your Wallet Might Expect at the Ballpark (hispanicbusiness.com)
- Minor Leagues lend holiday ‘Helping Hand’ (mlb.mlb.com)
- Minor League Baseball meetings to return to Nashville in 2015 (bizjournals.com)
Since 2006 I have been running the blog www.the-referee.com. I have since I have actively stopped refereeing found it harder to find the passion to blog on the site, with content coming in bursts. I also find I don’t have the time to maintain it and have been looking to do something a bit different with the site.
One of the great things about Referee’s and the internet as a whole is the community. I always found getting engagement on the site difficult despite a lot of interaction with people over posts via twitter and more recently the facebook page.
So when Google launched Google+ Community s I thought its worth giving this a go. This is a community that anyone can join, and anyone can post anything to. There is common sense rules that come into play, but im quite relaxed about this. Its an experiment and may not work, but other Google+ Community s I have joined so far have a really good discussion going on and hopefully this will work well.
One problem with these is the URL’s they generate arent friendly, so I have forwarded www.the-referee.com to the group to make it easier.
This clip is a bit random its not clear if the referee has played on from the first incident or not. However he goes back to the incident and with help from his fourth official dismisses the wrong player!