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How the NBA's Data Revolution Can Make Basketball the Global Sport

The owner of the Sacramento Kings wants to make his team the poster child for big data in sports.

The Sacramento Kings' Isaiah Thomas drives to the basket against the Utah Jazz's Trey Burke at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.(Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)

photo of Matt  Berman
December 18, 2013

"When I look at basketball," Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé says, "I look at it as a big-data problem." Ranadivé bought the Kings this past summer and is already trying to think of ways to revolutionize entertainment and the NBA. "I want to make the Kings the poster child for the use of big data," he says.

Ranadivé is not alone. The NBA itself is publicly embracing the sports-statistics renaissance, most notably with its new SportsVU cameras now in every arena in the league. Want to know who the fastest player is in the NBA? Or who has the most rebound opportunities per game? Now you can find out.

 

But Ranadivé isn't looking at data just for the sake of it. He's trying to help establish an NBA 3.0, which "is really about making basketball the sport of the 21st century." It's driven by technology, globalization, and basketball acting as an agent of good in the community.

To find out more about why Ranadivé was drawn to basketball, and where he thinks the league is going, see the full interview here.

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