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Part-Time Statistics Analyst I

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 841415BR Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business ESPN and Sports Content Date posted Aug. 18, 2021

Job Summary:

The Stats Analyst I position is part of the Stats & Analysis Team. If you see a score or a stat on virtually any ESPN platform – a studio television panel, the BottomLine, ESPN.com, Fantasy, GameCast – you probably have a Stats Analyst I to thank. Stats Analysts ensure the accuracy of sports data (scores, schedules, standings, rosters, etc.) reaching ESPN platforms worldwide. They work with automated data feeds and use manual data entry to ensure the delivery of the fastest, most accurate sports data in the world.

Stats Analysts work with automated data feeds and use manual data entry to ensure the delivery of the fastest, most accurate sports data in the world.

Stats Analysts are also responsible for helping turn stats into story lines. They must be able to recognize statistical events that help explain why a team won or lost. By using stats to help tell stories, analysts support ESPN platforms, including television studio and event productions and digital media.

In addition to the stats and content-generation aspects of the position, there is the opportunity for work that takes into account a candidate’s specialized training, skills and knowledge. Candidates with advanced mathematics or economics statistical knowledge, database skills, SQL programming ability, etc., can use their skills in support of Stats & Analysis’ projects and story-telling roles.

Ideal candidates will possess the following traits:
  • A demonstrated knowledge of and passion for sports coverage Expert-level sports knowledge including knowledge of analytic metrics and trends
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail in striving for 100 percent accuracy
  • Strong news/content judgment
  • A demonstrated knowledge of analytic metrics and trends
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment
  • Proficiency with desktop computers and experience with mobile devices
  • The ability to focus on detailed work for an extended period of time
  • Heavy interest in Fantasy sports
  • Aptitude for working with technology such as data feeds, data warehouses and custom software tools

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all sports data distributed by Stats & Analysis is the fastest, most accurate and insightful in the world. This is a wide-ranging requirement that includes real-time clock-and-score coverage, generating play-by-play and utilizing other applications.
  • Work in individual settings, small groups and large groups while delivering accurate statistics and data in a real-time basis across the newsroom.
  • Enter sports data quickly and accurately and verify the results of one’s own work and that of others; perform with a consistently high attention to detail.
  • Contribute to production, projects and initiatives across the newsroom.
  • Assist those in leadership roles in the newsroom who are directing and leading full-time staff and part-time employees.
  • Anticipate potential problems, both nightly and long-term, and offer potential solutions. Communicate quickly and decisively with colleagues on these issues.
  • Develop a working knowledge of statistics’ role in ESPN products for Studio and Digital Media platforms.
  • Take a proactive role in working with colleagues in developing processes for accurate data intake.
  • Be an active participant in team and department meetings.
  • Seek and respond to feedback around personal performance.
  • Stay informed of current department policies and procedures.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be passionate about sports and statistics; candidates need to have a working knowledge of players, teams and the rules of the games.
  • Full availability for this position, which will include nights (almost exclusively), weekends and holidays

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 1 year experience working with statistics, preferably in online, television or print media
  • Team leadership experience
  • Experience working in a team environment collaborating with multiple departments toward a common goal
  • A thorough knowledge of television production usage of data in on-air and research applications
  • Working knowledge of all ESPN platforms’ products and technologies
  • Experience working in the public relations or marketing department of a college or professional sports team
  • Experience working with sports content and story lines via TV, radio, newspaper or notable sports blog
  • Academic project focused on sports journalism, sports business or sports statistics
  • Ability to speak and write Spanish
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products, including Excel

Required Education

  • High School diploma or equivalent

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree


About ESPN and Sports Content:

The ESPN and Sports Content group acquires and produces ESPN’s live sports programming, as well as sports news and original and non-scripted sports-related content, for The Walt Disney Company’s cable channels, ESPN+, and ABC.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with ESPN Productions, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call ESPN and Sports Content.

ESPN Productions, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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