Live Blog: NYC Bloomberg Sports Event
11:30pm – I have arrived in New York City at Bloomberg headquarters for a MLB presentation about a new stat tracking software in development. The event is scheduled to begin around 12pm and will go until almost 5pm with lunch somewhere in between. Once it begins and I have an idea of the schedule, I will let you know. I hope to do a live blog at intervals throughout the event to let everyone know what all the hype is about. Stay tuned!
12:00pm – I am in a room filled with Testosterone…lol Wait, I justed spoted one other women; she is sitting at my table now in an effort to combat all the male hormones flying about. Wish us luck! Awaiting opening remarks…
12:05pm – Count now, 3 women and approximately 97 men. Currently sitting next to two Mets bloggers who have agreed to a truce for the next 5 hours. After that, all bets are off ;o)
2:18pm – Opening remarks included bathroom locations, parking validation and Twitter info – ya know, the important stuff :O)
12:25pm – This project is an exclusive partnership with MLB Advanced Media to analyze baseball stats for their fantasy leagues. We have been invited today to give feedback on the product and give suggestions to improve this new tool.
12:28pm – Bloomberg is dedicated to achieving in Sports what they have in the financial world; Providing valuable, complelling analysis tools with improvement on going.
12:33pm – There will be 2 products; the consumer product is geared towards Fantasy Baseball. The Pro product is for MLB Team to use to analyze players. Consumer roll-out is 2/18/10, when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.
12:42pm – Consumer product presentation: Will have a Draft Kit, News Product and In-Season Tool Kit. These work in conjunction with any Fantasy Sport league like CBS, Fox or ESPN. You can adjust roster spots, points, etc… If there are particular areas you wish to focus on when picking players, the tool will sort players by whatever you specify. Ex: Sort by infielders high in home runs and steals. You can save searches / lists for later.
12:47pm – You can set up “watch” lists and “exclude” lists. For example, you hate the Red Sox…you can exclude all of their players from your draft, or just one or two players. You decide. It is like a filing cabinet for players; you pick the drawers and file them accordingly.
12:51pm – There are different screen views for different tastes; you can see a “baseball card” type view, a grid loaded with stats…all without switching pages. You can also chart stats in graph form to see specific stats over a period of time.
12:55pm – Charts are available to track which positions are in higher demand during each round of the draft. This will help you decided whether to draft a certain position or player earlier or later in the round and the odds of that person being available.