Scoring dynamics across professional team sports: tempo, balance and predictability

@article{Merritt2014ScoringDA,
  title={Scoring dynamics across professional team sports: tempo, balance and predictability},
  author={Sears A. Merritt and Aaron Clauset},
  journal={EPJ Data Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={3},
  pages={1-21}
}
Despite growing interest in quantifying and modeling the scoring dynamics within professional sports games, relative little is known about what patterns or principles, if any, cut across different sports. Using a comprehensive data set of scoring events in nearly a dozen consecutive seasons of college and professional (American) football, professional hockey, and professional basketball, we identify several common patterns in scoring dynamics. Across these sports, scoring tempo - when scoring… 
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