If plays, players, and personalities are the shiny surface of sports, statistics are the structural steel. You need to be able to identify team and individual performances by the numbers to explain why games turned out the way they did. Oftentimes a game comes down to a single play or sequence of plays. Much like statistics, you need to be able to track play-by-play throughout the game because a play or a run or a rally may become significant only in retrospect. We’ll develop the skills to use both stats and PBP to determine key reasons why games came out the way they did.
Learning objectives: Students will...
Be introduced to fast-paced game coverage
Consider professional conduct in press boxes/press row
Learn to monitor statistics during live game coverage
Produce social media coverage that is fair and impartial without being boring
Watch an NBA game and keep stats on a sheet like the one above. Post a picture of your stat sheet to the 03stats_1 channel for your instructor. In a comment on that picture, explain the key stat that you think determined the outcome of the game.
Compose at least two tweets during the game noting important stats. Hashtag #introsports22 and tag your instructor: