Break Points: February 7, 2014

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Notable results:

  • Zagreb QF: Dan Evans d. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
  • Vina del Mar 2R: Daniel Gimeno-Traver d. Horacio Zeballos, 6-2, 6-4

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Condolences to Billie Jean King, whose mother passed away today.

Andy Murray has taken a wild card into Rotterdam.

Serena Williams (back injury), Victoria Azarenka (foot injury), and Sabine Lisicki (shoulder injury) have all withdrawn from Doha.

Ryan Rodenberg wrote about the questions surrounding the ownership of sports data for PandoDaily:

The Dobson kerfuffle is the most recent example highlighting a lingering question that permeates sports analytics of the type to be discussed at the upcoming MIT Sloan event: Who owns sports data?

It’s complicated and involves two potential paths. One path pertains to historical data. The other is concerned with real-time sports data. The legal status of the former is fairly well-settled. Newspapers and other media outlets have been publishing box scores from sporting events for over a century without having to pay any type of licensing fee to the league, teams, or athletes involved in the underlying games. In the United States, the First Amendment clearly attaches to the dissemination of factual information about newsworthy events in the public domain.

The second path is trickier. What if live data are gathered by screen scraping copyrighted broadcasts or via on-location courtsiders hired to opaquely re-transmit the information? Certain sports leagues have seemingly taken the position that such data are proprietary.

Sky Sports did a program on Rafael Nadal’s comeback year:

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