O'Leary: CFL, PFF embark on analytics journey

You know Cris Collinsworth as the voice of Sunday Night Football, a decorated sports broadcaster, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver in the NFL and as the owner and chairman of Pro Football Focus (PFF). The sports analytics company is a fixture in the NCAA and NFL, offering thorough analysis of its subjects.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.cfl.ca/2023/06/06/oleary-cfl-pff-embark-on-analytics-journey

I hope I am wrong, but the CFL’s partnering with PFF will probably end poorly. I read a lot about the company, and much of their evaluations are qualitative (that is, based on the assessor’s opinion) rather than quantitative (that is, without bias). My gut tells me this will not end well, with a scandal coming within 18 months.