Analytics have been important to sports at least since the first coach timed players in the hundred-yard dash, but some pro leagues have embraced statistical game analysis much faster, and more effectively, than others. Lagging behind professional baseball, basketball and soccer has been football, mired in good measure by the sheer complexity of the game. That's changing, and fast.
The NFL began capturing motion data on the field in 2014, putting nickel-sized RFID tags under some players' shoulder pad to track and record their movements. This year, players and officials are tagged for every game in every venue, and, in some games, even the football has a sensor transmitting location data.
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