Sports technology

The NFL's great data divide

In this illustration, two strings of data decorate opposite ends of a football.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

When it comes to evaluating current NFL players, teams have access to more data than ever before. But when it comes to scouting college prospects, that same information isn't widely available, which leads to a lot of guesswork.

What's happening: In order to fill this analytics void, NFL teams have been forced to get creative in their approach to evaluating talent.

MLB's deal with Sportsradar presents data privacy questions

Jesse Chavez of the Cubs pitching
Jesse Chavez of the Cubs pitching in spring training. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Major League Baseball has inked a new multi-year deal with Sportsradar to make the firm its exclusive gatekeeper for betting data across the globe, starting with the 2019 season.

Why it matters: This deal could pave the way for in-game betting opportunities in baseball — the sport most ripe for live wagering with so many stops and starts between pitches. Sportsradar will get that data seconds before other non-MLB feeds do.