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05-06-2013, 09:16 PM
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SportVU (NBA analytics from video)

I recently read an article about the use of a player tracking system in the NBA. It got me to start thinking if this could be used or how it would be used in the NHL.

Here is basically what it does: Extremely expensive cameras (roughly $100,000 a year) track the ball, and every player on the floor by their number. It shows everything from how fast players are moving, to whether a pick was effective. It generates a ton of useable information.

It seems like this would be extremely beneficial to every NHL team. Seeing both your own, and opposing teams player tendencies would give those who could appropriately use the information a huge advantage. Where certain players score from most effectively, what kind of movement creates better chances on the PP, the best setup for the PK, etc.

So why isn't, or wouldn't this be used? Cost is the obvious negative, but the competitive advantage seems like it would be worth it. Is the game too fluid for it to measure anything significant? It seems like something that would be really beneficial for any team that used it.

Here's the original article:

I would love to hear what you guys think.

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