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This MLS data set that I’ve built over the past year enables a lot of neat research projects on topics such as on-field performance, finance, and demography, among several others. In this post I focus on a demographic topic — how long does a MLS draft class last?To illustrate the presence of a MLS draft […]
In my previous post, I presented a series of survivor curves that expressed the probability of a MLS draftee’s tenure reaching a certain number of league appearances. In most of survivor analysis, it’s common to see a survivor curve starting from 1.0 and descending from there, but in these MLS graphs that is not the […]
Major League Soccer has employed a series of drafts that distributed players who have signed with the league among its member clubs. There are drafts for college players (mostly), for players who have left the league and come back, and for in-league players left unprotected for an expansion draft. In this post, I focus on […]
I’ve spent much of the last year studying draft and payroll data in Major League Soccer, from the founding days in 1996 to the present. I’m starting to get a picture of who plays and who doesn’t as well as the values attached to draft selections by future performance and the market. The second part is really […]
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference has made its call for papers for the 2017 conference.As has been the case since 2011, research paper selection is done in a two-round process. In the first round, applicants submit abstracts of their research. Those who pass through the initial cull are invited to submit full papers, from […]