The world’s largest professional sports leagues are looking to change their approach to ranking players.
The American Football League (AFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and NBA are all taking steps to improve their rankings in the near future, according to a new report from The Athletic.
The new rankings, which take into account player performance, will allow teams to better target and target-manage the best players.
Teams are also expected to be able to utilize a “dynamic scoring system” that uses game-day data and statistical analysis to provide more accurate scores.
Athletics president and CEO Jim Leyland, in a statement, says:We are working to improve our overall player metrics, including player safety and the health of our players, and we have made some strides to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our stakeholders.
This is good news for the league as it continues to build upon its innovative technology and continue to evolve.
As we’ve said from the beginning, we are committed to the growth and success of the league, and this is a good opportunity to move the needle on our metrics and improve our player safety.
Players and teams will be able take advantage of the updated rankings, Leyland said.
The league will not be able directly update the scores on its website, but will provide a comprehensive player-safety analysis and analytics tool to fans, players, media, coaches and owners, according the report.
The updated rankings will be available at MLB.com as well.
The NFL will be one of the first to roll out the updated scoreboards, with ESPN and ESPN2 airing the first game on Sunday.ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the first preseason game on Wednesday.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, in the statement, said:We want to continue to lead the way on improving our player metrics and the overall safety of our teams.
This update will allow us to further strengthen our player health measures and improve the safety of players on and off the field.
The league has made changes to its system for evaluating players, but it’s still very much a work in progress.MLBs have been in talks with players, including former MLB player and current ESPN analyst Matt Williams, about changing the current system, according ESPN’s Mark Simon.
Williams is also an owner of the New York Yankees.ESPN will be the first league to start broadcasting its preseason games this fall, but ESPN2 is scheduled to debut in 2020.
The first season of MLB on ESPN3 will debut in 2021.ESPN also announced Wednesday that the NFL has signed a new contract with FOX that includes an increase in the league’s minimum salary to $5.6 million.