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December 4, 2007

Enlightening Football's Dark Ages

Football Outsiders founder Aaron Schatz tries to make sense of the NFL's numbers, and its known unknowns.

Eriq Gardner

In 2003, Michael Lewis published Moneyball, the account of how Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane used a statistical approach to find underappreciated assets that could help his low-budget team be competitive. The book came as a revelation to many sports fans (and, of course, fantasy sports fans), and created a demand for better statistics in other sports.

Applying Moneyball concepts to the NFL wasn't easy, though. Baseball had a strong statistical tradition. Football was in the stone age. Aaron Schatz sought to change that.

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