On April 9th, 2013, I wrote the first post of Sports Analytics Blog. Today, on April 9th, 2014, we celebrate it’s first birthday (anniversary?). It’s been one helluva ride so far, and I wanted to celebrate with a special post. A post that has nothing to do with analytics or data or SportVU, but everything to do with this website. A Letter from the Editor.
Who am I?
For various reasons, I chose not to include a biography of myself on the website. Why? Because I’m a college student and didn’t want the world thinking that this site was just another college kid’s blog. Many of you may have found out who I was through talking with me or looking me up, but I imagine many of you picture me as some unknown robot that tweets too much.
As I am comfortable with the site’s credibility now, and as I hope to build relationships within this community, I figured I should shed some light on who I am. You deserve to know who is posting the posts and tweeting the tweets.
My name is Jonathan Gordon. Born and raised in Las Vegas, I’m now a junior at the University of Notre Dame. I’m working towards a degree in Finance with a supplemental major in Applied and Computational Math and Statistics. I spent last summer working with a sports agent and spent last fall studying abroad in London.
I’m primarily a baseball fan (Chicago Cubs), having played very competitively through high school, and a UNLV basketball fan.
Why did I start Sports Analytics Blog?
For both selfish and unselfish reasons. For one, I needed to put something on my resume – which, for good or bad, is seemingly the only concern college students have. Secondly, however, I saw a large hole online that needed to be filled.
There were dozens of blogs on sports jobs and sports marketing and sports business, but nothing on sports analytics. Sure, there are sites like FanGraphs. But, these are more geared towards heavy analysis. There was nothing out there that could serve as a resource for students and fans interested in learning more about the analytics industry. So, I decided to create it and modeled the site after Darren Heitner’s Sports Agent Blog. (Please don’t sue me, Darren.)
My goal is for the site to be a valuable resource to anyone interested or involved in the analytics industry.
As for the site, BIG things. At least that’s the plan. We’ve come a long way in just a year, and I hope to continuously have new initiatives, new series, and new contributors. We’re playing around with a couple ideas, but that’s about all I can say for now.
As for me, I’m not sure, to be honest. Ironically, I’m not particularly interested in working in analytics. I love the analytics industry and the way it’s growing, I’m just not too interested on working in the industry.
I’ll likely head to law school after graduation, before hopefully specializing in some kind of sports law – either with a firm, team, or league. Eventually, I’d like to serve as General Counsel for an MLB team. (MLB Commissioner would be pretty cool, too.)
This summer, I’ll likely be working completely on the website (and studying for the LSAT). It’s been much harder to write and edit during the school year, so I hope you can understand why the site has been a bit less active. However, it’s starting to pick up a bit (thanks, Jacob Rosen and Jeff Meehan) and will grow in activity as we head into and through the summer months.
Most importantly, I wanted to say thank you. Whether you’ve been following the site for one day or 365 days, I appreciate your support.
Thank you for following and reading and favoriting and sharing and commenting.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed articles or ideas.
I had no idea the site would grow so fast, and I’m very grateful that I have the opportunity to make a (positive) impact in the sports world. I hope you continue to enjoy the content.
Founding Editor, Sports Analytics Blog
(You can connect with me on LinkedIn, if you’d like. Feel free to contact me in any way.)