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Activity Number: 159 - SPEED: Sports and Business
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 31, 2017 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Sports
Abstract #324884 View Presentation
Title: No Punt Intended
Author(s): Nicholas Eisemann* and Camille Pensabene and Dylan Gouthro and Demond Handley and MyDoris Soto
Companies: California State Univ Chico and St. John Fisher College and Chico State and Kansas State University and California State University-Fullerton
Keywords: Foot ball ; strategy ; sports ; simulation ; Shiny app

The traditional strategies that are used during the fourth down in a football game may not be the optimal strategy for winning the game. While "going for it" on fourth down is not the preferred method for football coaches, they may want to reconsider changing their strategies to maximize their points. For this research, we analyzed all thirty-two teams in the NFL league and observed their offensive strategies. We then ran simulations for different types of plays to find the optimal strategy for each team.

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