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A little about me, the outsider
Hey, this is me:
That’s the set of NBC News at 1 Rockefeller Plaza. Not bad for a guy who started out at a temp agency in Bristol, CT., researching stats for ESPN’s TV anchors, back in 2008. Soon, I was the guy on TV. As a data-driven thinker, I became a national NBA writer and analytics expert on TV for companies like ESPN, B/R Mag, NBC Sports and Meadowlark Media. Along the way, I somehow managed to win an Associated Press (APSE) award for feature writing. (It was for this piece.)
The stats were my way in. Initially, I took my research insights and asked players, coaches and executives about what it all meant. Soon, the tables turned. Those same players, coaches and executives would come to me, picking my brain and prying for my latest discovery. To be honest, I take pride in being one of the few sportswriters who blends analytics with sources. It got me printed in magazines and thousands of subscribers on Substack.
Some of my greatest hits:
LeBron James, the King of Clutch (ESPN the Mag)
The Tinderization of the NBA (ESPN the Mag)
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