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Eric Davis: Analytics are vital in sports and politics

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Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Most televised sports broadcasts feature advertisements for Fan Duel and Draft Kings, online sites offering daily and weekly fantasy games in football, baseball and other sports. Fantasy sports sites are exempt from prohibitions on online gambling. Federal law treats them as games of skill, not games of chance.

Sports columnists who have written about online fantasy sports say the skills needed to win are not those of everyday fans, but advanced analytics and algorithms — skills taught to MBA students, and to Ph.D. students in economics and mathematics.

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