Where Moneyball Is Bankrupt

Hockey, soccer and football stats are difficult to interpret:

Much work has been done in football, both at outside sites like Football Outsiders and, much more quietly, within teams. But some of football’s top analysts said that the incredible intricacy of football—the different types of scoring, the uncountable potential game situations, the byzantine mess of eleven men working in tandem, intangibly but undeniably dependent upon each other—means that only so much can ultimately be accomplished. “The sheer complexity of football makes it to my mind the hardest,” said Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats.