Tonight’s National Football League schedule release is annually one of the busiest nights of the year for ESPN’s Stats and Information Group (SIG). From researchers and stats analysts to analytics, content integration, and members of the BottomLine team (both English and Spanish), the undertaking involves more than 40 people – all of whom are now working from home.
Fans crave the details about the NFL schedule so once ESPN’s SIG team gets its first glimpse of the games, the race is on to get the information inputted, analyzed, and in the hands of ESPN’s Digital, Studio Production, Audio, and Social teams. The information is also used immediately during ESPN’s three-hour SportsCenter Special hosted by Trey Wingo (8 p.m. ET).
“Accuracy and speed are paramount,” said Vice President of ESPN’s Stats and Information Group, Jeff Bennett. “Everyone has their role and understands what they are looking for or calculating to ensure we are working efficiently. We double-check everything to make sure it’s accurate and then we publish. To us, every minute counts.”
Throughout the night, here’s a snapshot of what happens behind the scenes: