Sports Analytics Books

My biz partner friend is way more of a math guy than me. If you want to be a trader you’ll get more mileage studying gambling than investing. Although I’ve done some study of gambling, it’s nothing compared to my friend’s info diet. He’s been a giant sports analytics nerd for the past 20 years (one day I might share a story of his meeting with an NFL team owner. I get stressed thinking about it, so can’t imagine how my buddy feels).

I asked him for some book recs in the vein of Scorecasting written by AQR quant Tobias Moskowitz (you may remember me recommending his children’s novel Rookie Bookie).

The list:

  • Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong
  • The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball
  • Seminal: Bill James
  • Win Shares
  • Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis
  • The Expected Goals Philosophy: A Game-Changing Way of Analysing Football
  • The Hidden Game of Football: A Revolutionary Approach to the Game and Its Statistics

Finally, my internet friend Andrew is an independent trader who came out of the sports gambling world. I’ve spoken to him several times. Very smart, you should follow him and check out the sports modeling books he’s written:

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