In the 2010s, data and analytics changed the way games are played—for better and worse
Brad Pitt (left) played Billy Beane in ‘Moneyball,’ which was released in 2011, at the beginning of a decade that would change sports forever. PHOTO: COLUMBIA PICTURES/EVERETT COLLECTION
By Ben Cohen, Jared Diamond and Andrew Beaton
It wasn’t long ago that baseball players still bunted, football coaches were unapologetically conservative and basketball teams doubted Stephen Curry. It was only the beginning of this decade.
But what happened over the last 10 years inside MLB ballparks, NFL stadiums and NBA arenas rendered the sports almost unrecognizable. The games barely resemble the previous iterations of themselves. They have been reinvented in front of our eyes.
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