Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 11/1/13
As the NBA launched the long-awaited SportsVu player movement tracking data to the public Friday, CLNS Radio caught up with the architect of the program, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, at the Bill Russell Statue Unveiling Ceremony in Boston. Silver discussed the decision to make the data public and how he envisions this new tool will change the way NBA players are evaluated. CLNS Radio: Why did you decide to make SportsVu public and develop it for the entire league? Adam Silver: We decided to make it public because, first of all, there is a huge inefficiency in people going out there and trying to create that data on their own. And we know that if we make that data available, it will draw people closer to the game. For the hardcore fans that are truly interested in it, it’s a way for the passionate fans to get deeper into the game. Ultimately, to the extent that there once was a competitive advantage for some teams having it and not some others, there’s now a sufficient mass o...
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