Here’s another thing that’s America’s fault: the use of statistics in sport.
It’s no secret that I love numbers. Perhaps a little too much. It’s not so much the numbers as the insights we gain from them. (For more on my obsession with numbers – see this post) I find them to be fascinating.
And AFL? Well, that’s a statistician’s dream. There are so many things that can be measured by numbers that it’s unreal.
But how much is too much?
If I haven’t made this clear before: I love stats. Like really.
Like maybe a bit too much (although, I don’t really thinks that possible).
Quick story: when I was at uni and I did an independent study on the economics of AFL, I would literally get lost in the numbers. I would keep playing with them, trying different combinations, adding variables… No joke? Sometimes I could be on the computer running regressions for an entire baseball game and not even notice when the game had ended because I was so into my work.
People think this is weird (I think those people are weird).
So I just wanted to write something quickly to explain myself (not that I need to, but you know… all about relationships and letting people in – or so I’m told) and tell you why I love numbers.
Ah, variable pricing. The never-ending possibilities. Let’s talk about it.
Variable pricing is when prices change based on a region, location, date or other aspects. This is also known as ‘real-time pricing.’
An interesting thing happened a couple weeks ago. I was on Twitter, following the GWS Giant’s #AskAGiant hour with Shane Mumford. If you don’t know about this, it’s a Twitter chat where a player takes over the Giant’s account for an hour (I think?) and answers fan’s questions that are hashtagged “Ask A Giant.” They do a different player every few weeks. I, of course, loved the Jeremy Cameron one the best. The player can pick and choose which ones he answers. (Sidenote: I think this is a great idea and I think there’s a great amount of involvement. Think of the possibilities!)
One of the questions asked Mummy what he ordered from McDonalds. He said “Hate McDonalds, I’m a Red Rooster man.” This interested me…
After a few months (yes, months, okay? I tried – it wasn’t easy) I finished The Draft by Emma Quayle and it wasn’t what I expected – to say the least.
A very wise man told me that no one in the sports industry says anything about the AFL draft until Emma Quayle has her say. I’m sure that’s true… but Emma Quayle is a reporter – not an analyst. And the book makes that clear.
I find it miraculous that teams brag about not changing their ticket prices. When they do this, they’re trying to convince the public that they are trying to make attendance affordable for everyone. Anyone who has been to a game knows that’s not true – the price of food is ABSURD (and we all know that even Andrew Demetriou thinks so).
The point I’m making is: if you’re trying to make it affordable… why don’t you try lowering your ticket prices?
Let me tell you something about AFL sponsors: they aren’t getting their money’s worth.
Whoa, whoa, whoa – don’t break out the hot oil just yet. Let me just tell you a quick story.
A few months ago, I was talking about footy with two guys (yes, one was the boyfriend) who LOVE footy. I don’t mean they follow their team – I mean they will watch any, and every game, that’s playing… and then they’ll watch it again on replay. And then they’ll watch the highlights. As well as The Footy Show to make sure they didn’t miss anything. And then read the talking points to be extra sure.
Yea. These aren’t casual fans.