22 Aug 2012
If it is Week 3 of the preseason, it must be time for the annual FO post calling for new game charters. If you've read Football Outsiders Almanac, you know just how valuable this information is. The more charters we have, the quicker we can turn around the data and use it during the season -- and the fewer people who have to cover a full game instead of just one half.
This is usually where I put the line about how "it takes roughly an hour to chart a half at the beginning, although it starts to take less time once you get used to it." However, this will change in 2012, because we'll be partnering with ESPN Stats and Information to collect some of our charting data. This will mean less work for FO game charters while also allowing the FO staff to use some charting data in our ESPN Insider articles without waiting weeks for charter turnaround.
If you join the charting project, you'll get access to all of the charting data compiled by the FO game charters once the season is complete. You'll get to contribute your thoughts to our "Game Charters Speak" articles during the season, and your comments may end up in FOA 2013. Dependable charters over a certain minimum number of halves in 2012 will also get a free copy of both FOA 2013 and the 2013 KUBIAK fantasy projections. Any charter will tell you how much you learn from watching a game for charting -- it really gives you new insight on the sport. That goes double this year if you have NFL Game Rewind Plus and can use all-22 film to help determine defensive coverage.
If you are interested, please e-mail us at gamecharting-at-footballoutsiders.com. Once we've collected names over the next couple days, you'll get an e-mail from us asking a few questions, and we'll take it from there.
3 comments, Last at 24 Aug 2012, 5:35am by Podge
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