Will the nerds take over professional football?

Are the nerds taking over the NFL’s front offices? Certainly in Minnesota, where a former commodity trader is now general manager.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s first steps were to take six trades during last month’s draft as if he were swapping wheat futures in hopes of snagging a few oil futures. Then his next step was to hire a man with an MBA with a concentration in analytics to fill a newly created position as Vice President of Football Operations in Minnesota. Somewhere, Billy Beane, originator of the “Moneyball” school of building a baseball franchise, is smiling. Whether Vikings fans will be there remains to be seen, but the overall record of pro sports’ geek squad hasn’t been great… of course it depends on how you calculate the numbers.

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