Read The Bullshit Charts A "Scientist" Is Hawking To Sports Teams

Every team wants the perfect draft pick. It's a deceptively simple-sounding goal that haunts every executive in sports, because they are being asked to do the nearly impossible—predict what human beings will do. Sure, every few years a player like Andrew Luck or Bryce Harper comes along who simply can't fail (even… »3/13/15 1:27pm3/13/15 1:27pm

Nike's Concept Jet for Pro Athletes Is a Luxury Lounge at 40,000 Feet

Pro athletes lead a very luxurious life, with trainers ensuring they're always in top physical shape. But they still travel in cramped airplanes that weren't designed for seven-footers. Teague design firm and Nike have come up with a solution: a super-luxurious concept jet that caters to a team's every need. »9/09/14 11:45am9/09/14 11:45am

NBA League Pass Broadband 2013-14: Still Shitty, You Should Not Buy It

Last year we gave you a heads-up about the poor quality of NBA League Pass Broadband, the NBA's shady auto-renew system for its online video offering, and the league's non-existent customer service. Has the league finally gotten its act together for this season's edition? After several weeks of attempting to use the… »11/15/13 3:58pm11/15/13 3:58pm

The "10 Hidden Positions" in Basketball, in Beautiful Visualizations

Basketball is a complicated sport. It's got fewer traditional positions than any other team sport, but no less specialization, and far more fluid movement than many others. Two "point guards" can play drastically differently and still play the same basic position. Muthu Alagappan's research makes some sense of that. »3/19/13 1:20pm3/19/13 1:20pm

Inside the Camera Technology That's Changing How Basketball Is Played

That video up top is a play from a New York Knicks game agains the Toronto Raptors. It was captured and created using a video system called SportVU, which is licensed by 15 NBA teams from Stats LLC. Basically, they track where every player is for every second of every game. And for the first time, one of those teams »3/19/13 12:50pm3/19/13 12:50pm

All the Major Sport Competitions Since 1903 Condensed In Beautiful Circular Graphics

If you like sports and awesome data visualization, you will love these posters, which can be printed to order in beautiful paper. You can choose the final playoffs of every major sport event since 1903—427 brackets from the American MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS to the European Champions League, the UEFA Euro and FIFA's… »7/20/12 1:00am7/20/12 1:00am

Six Tools to Simulate a 2011-2012 NBA Season of Your Own

So today represented a pretty important typically uneventful and depressing day for the ongoing NBA labor negotiations. Commissioner Stern and the players' union are going to meet again at noon tomorrow, but talks haven't been very productive, and I need some goddamn NBA basketball. Here are some proactive ways you… »11/10/11 5:40pm11/10/11 5:40pm