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Badder Beats 17: Nate Silver and IndyCar Champ Josef Newgarden

Badder Beats 17: Nate Silver and IndyCar Champ Josef Newgarden

A junket to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference yields new insights on the use of data, regression models and quantitative analysis, not only in modern sports but in the expanding legal sports betting market in the United States.

Journalist/statistician Nate Silver (@NateSilver528) joins the podcast for some insights on how all these future Moneyballers walking the halls of the conference will impact wagering in the future, and for that matter, what it's like to be a spread sheet god to them. (9:04)

“It’s a little surreal. It’s been like enough now where like you get kind of more used to it potentially, because this conference has been going on for like, what 11 or 12 or 13 years? I've probably been to nine out of the 13 or 10 out of the 13 or something. But no, it’s super cool, for sure. And the fact it kind of penetrates the mainstream so much where you have like, the NBA commissioner comes every year, Barack Obama came last year. I did a panel with the governor of Massachusetts earlier today and so yeah, it super cool where you get kind of get a little spoiled and take it for granted, I suppose."

What Else is In Badder Beats This Week?

In a bit of breaking news, National Football League chief operating officer Maryann Turcke calls legal sports betting the "next level of engagement" for America's most popular sport. (24:00)

With the IndyCar season about to begin, 2017 series champion Josef Newgarden (@josefnewgarden) says he supports the league in advocating for a sports betting bill moving its way through the Indiana legislature that could eventually allow in-race betting on the Indianapolis 500. That wouldn't occur until 2020 at the earliest, but the series is already in the vanguard of North American professional leagues actively seeking to heighten sports betting's profile. If it's good for business, series chairman Mark Miles and Newgarden say, its good for IndyCar.

Of Course There's Going to Be A Conspiracy Theory

Are the Lakers - specifically LeBron James - willfully awful in a blatant NBA Lottery play for Zion Williamson? Of course, that's absurd, but it's worth hearing out.

Oh, and always go with the Blackhawks and the over.