Podcast and Features (2/28/12)

By Paul Bessire

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:05 PM ET

Today's blog will introduce some new content features including a podcast, "Vegas Beat," NFL Draft content, injury pages and more stats. In the next blog (or blogs) we will talk about the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Convention that I will be attending in Boston this weekend (feel free to contact me if you are going to be in attendance as well and would like to meet up).

New Content Features
In an effort to truly become a one-stop destination for anyone looking for objective, analytical sports content (free and paid) that caters to those looking for an edge in handicapping, to learn more about the sports gaming industry, to excel in fantasy sports, an armchair GM, coach or manager (or real one) who wants to know how his/her team can improve or just as a fan who is interested in his/her team's chances of winning upcoming games, we are very excited to be rolling out a new "Features" content section of the site as well as building upon last year's additions of TrendFinder, Team and League Schedule and Team Power Rankings pages to bolster the Data section of the site. The Features section will launch next Tuesday, March 6th with our initial podcast and Dave Tuley's "Vegas Beat" column.

Available on the site next Tuesday and very soon to be available on iTunes, I will put together a podcast with longtime radio host, producer and program director, Jimmy Shapiro (or, moreover, he will put together the podcast with me in it as he will be hosting). We anticipate that the podcast will take place once a week - if not more often during March and football season. The March podcasts will go live on Tuesdays. After an initial, introduction podcast, we will focus on general sports and wagering topics like the NCAA Tournament and MLB Preview with our unique, objective, analytical, simulation approach. Just as importantly, we will be fielding your questions during the podcasts. Please contact us at any time if you would like us to address a question or topic you have in the podcast.

Here is our official iTunes podcast summary: Insight into the world of sports predictions, statistics, fantasy and gambling for football, baseball, basketball and hockey using an analytical perspective with PredictionMachine.com's GM and sports analyst, Paul Bessire, alongside former sports radio host, Jimmy Shapiro. At PredictionMachine.com, we play the game 50,000 times before it's actually played.

Dave Tuley's Vegas Beat
Dave Tuley, who may be familiar to many of you from his View From Vegas forums, Twitter Feed (a highly recommended follow) and in covering sports betting for ESPN.com, will offer his insight on the Las Vegas sportsbook scene every Tuesday in March (at least as often during football season - and likely every other week in between). Dave is a great, experienced writer based in Vegas and specializing in the sports gambling industry. We are glad to have him on board and eagerly look forward to his takes on each upcoming week in the Las Vegas' sportsbooks.

Here is Dave's bio that will appear on his "Vegas Beat" page: Dave Tuley is an award-winning journalist who has covered the Las Vegas race & sports beat since 1998, first for the GamingToday newspaper in Vegas and has written for Daily Racing Form since 2000. Tuley started his own website, ViewFromVegas.com, in 2007 and has written for other websites, including ESPN.com. In 2006, he won “Best News Story” by the Professional Football Writers of America, the only time a gambling story has won a PFWA award. Tuley, 45, grew up in the Chicago suburbs and is married with children in Vegas. His roots can be seen in the names of his three children: daughters Jordyn and Peyton (named for Walter Payton, not Peyton Manning) and son Maddux.

Other Content
Given the positive feedback that our post-NFL (and post-NBA) draft content has received over the last two years, we plan to build out our pre-draft offerings using our objective approach and additional expert analysis. Watch for more to come on our free NFL Draft preview package soon.

It's not necessarily new to us, but we can announce that our 2012 MLB Preview will launch on March 8. The preview will feature projected standings, analysis, playoff probabilities and preseason O/U win total picks. The O/U wins picks have been very successful in recent years (2010 Futures Picks and 2011 MLB Futures Picks) and will be available as part of our regular season MLB Picks package, which is already available in the shop. All other MLB Preview content will be free. For this season, we will also be adding MLB to the TrendFinder, Team Schedules, League Schedules, Team Rankings and Rest of Season simulation (launching as free content for MLB in May) pages.

Also, after the success of our Super Bowl LIVE projections, we will be adding to our LIVE, in-game projections by simulating each of the three college basketball games during the Final Four and Championship after every made basket 50,000 times to project final scores, win percentages and money-line plays for the game as of any time.

More and more content, especially as football season nears again, will be added. We look forward to sharing our information, insight and analysis.

New Data and Applications
In addition to the generated written and simulation specific content, we will be adding many new, mostly data-driven pages as well. Examples of these that we hope to launch are injury pages for each sport that not only hone in on key injuries for every game, but illustrate the rosters that we use for our daily and weekly game simulations, strength-of-schedule rankings, homecourt/field/ballpark advantages, SOS, homefield and ballpark-adjusted statistical rankings, raw, in-depth, team and individual statistics directly related to our step-by-step simulations (which will include a great deal of statistics we think are critical to team evaluation that cannot be found elsewhere), rest of season team simulations (for every sport), rest of season individual fantasy projections (for football) and additional applications and data that cannot be found anywhere else.

As usual, if you have any of your own comments about this article or suggestions about how to improve the site, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. We respond to every support contact as quickly as we can (usually within a few hours) and are very amenable to suggestions. I firmly believe that open communication with our customers and user feedback is the best way for us to grow and provide the types of products that will maximize the experience for all. Thank you in advance for your suggestions, comments and questions.