The happiest -- and most miserable -- college football fan bases
Introducing the Fan Happiness Index, which uses data to gauge the fan sentiment at 128 FBS programs.
The NFL's real highest-paid quarterbacks
Derek Carr's latest contract continued a streak of staggering NFL deals, but just looking at the announced dollars is not the way to judge the impact of a contract. Factoring in a rising salary cap, here are the NFL's real highest-paid quarterbacks.
WNBA BPI: Upcoming games will determine Mystics' playoff road
The WNBA Basketball Power Index examines how tough it might be for Washington to get a first-round bye -- and whether Seattle or Chicago has the inside track at the eighth and final playoff berth.
If there's a lock for the College Football Playoff, it's Ohio State (not Alabama)
Alabama is expected to open the season No. 1 and might very well be No. 1 after the College Football Playoff is settled. But FPI says Ohio State will have the easiest time getting to the postseason, thanks to the Buckeyes' schedule and returning talent.
$10 million Jay Cutler vs. Matt Moore: FPI shows they're nearly identical
Jay Cutler just cost the Dolphins a boatload of money on a one-year deal, but the data shows Matt Moore -- Ryan Tannehill's backup -- is just as capable and maybe even better.
Fantasy owners beware: NBA superteam stars carry major risk
The rise of the NBA superteam presents a quandary for fantasy players. Are you better off with the best players on the best teams, or the stars who run the whole show themselves?
FPI says Rams with Goff are awful, but improvement is conceivable
Jared Goff posted a historically poor performance as a rookie, albeit in a limited sample. With FPI predicting that the Rams would be better off with Sean Mannion (13 career pass attempts) under center in 2017, is there any hope for L.A. fans?
Surprise! Experienced Wichita State tops summer BPI update
The Wichita State Shockers were a 10-seed in the 2017 NCAA tournament, but the latest version of the Basketball Power Index says Gregg Marshall's experienced and talented team should be aiming much higher in 2017-18.
Where FPI and Vegas disagree on college football win totals
Will Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans win double-digit games this season? Las Vegas bookmakers and our analytics disagree. Here are some of the most notable outliers when comparing FPI to season win totals.
NFL coaches skeptical of chip-generated game-day data
Using GPS chips to track a player's health is one thing. But using the data gleaned from those chips has yet to convince coaches such as Seattle's Pete Carroll that it can help them win games -- and that's a sticking point.
MLS clubs buying into analytics
In a North American sports landscape that's revered statistics, Major League Soccer has been an early adopter in soccer's analytics revolution.
NCAA selection changes a good step, but also a half-measure
The NCAA's announced move to emphasize quality road wins in its March Madness selection process makes sense. But the system still has flaws, and potential NCAA tournament candidates could pay the price in 2018.
Coaching change causes Oklahoma to take FPI hit
The Sooners maintained a degree of program continuity when offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was elevated to replace Bob Stoops, but ESPN's Football Power Index gives the team a decreased chance of reaching the Big 12 title game.
NBA Trade Tracker: The latest summer deals
Which players are on the move this summer? We have a rundown of the latest trades throughout the league.
Opinions on Cousins are divided, but the numbers say pay him
Kirk Cousins has more leverage in contract negotiations than $125 million man Derek Carr had. Despite mixed opinions on Cousins, the on-field numbers say the Redskins should give him as much or more than Carr got. Really.
Who's the most likely All-Star in the 2017 NBA draft class?
Who's the most likely NBA All-Star in this year's draft class? Who brings the highest risk of being a bust? ESPN's analytics team evaluated the data and provides some potential direction for teams at the top of the draft.
FPI projects every NFL team's most important 2017 game
According to Football Power Index (FPI) projections, there won't be a game more important to the Cowboys' or Giants' playoff chances than their Week 1 head-to-head clash in Arlington. Here's a look at the game most critical to each team's playoff hopes.
How sports scientists are trying to change college football
Sports scientists come with high-tech machines, new-age techniques and one old-school trick to provide data that, when combined with other resources within a program, can unveil secrets to make any team better. So why are there still skeptics?
FPI's 2017 NFL projections: Odds for divisions, playoffs, No. 1 pick, more
Will your team make the playoffs in 2017? Is it good enough to make a Super Bowl run? ESPN's analytics team examined team data via the Football Power Index and ran 10,000 simulations, and it now provides a comprehensive look at how 2017 will unfold.
Browns lead teams who added most draft capital in 2017
The Cleveland Browns had a notable 2017 draft haul, but this past weekend wasn't just about today -- Cleveland is among the franchises that has set itself up well for future drafts.