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Data Scientist, Basketball Integrity

REQ ID:  1533

New York, New York, US, 10022

At the NBA, we’re passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball. Through the intensity of the game and the amazing athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

As a global sports and media business, the NBA is so much more. While Basketball Operations runs the league’s on-court activities, other departments manage relationships with television and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable companies, oversee the licensing of NBA merchandise, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the NBA’s success.


Position Summary: The Data Scientist will support the Basketball Integrity Analytics Lead in compiling and analyzing data relating to game play, team and referee trends in conjunction with sports betting data. The position will contribute to efforts to keep all Integrity stakeholders abreast of key analyses undertaken using a variety of reporting and visualization tools.


Major Responsibility:

  • Create and execute models for flagging anomalous performance, trends etc. that may be consistent with but not necessarily indicative of manipulation
  • Design and undertake secondary checks to understand if the flagged event/trend under investigation is of genuine concern.
  • Prepare reports for senior leadership in Basketball Strategy and Analytics as well as related groups within the NBA such as Legal/Security and undertake follow-up analysis as directed
  • Conduct innovative and original analysis to better understand player and referee performance and incorporate player tracking data and other proprietary data in these models
  • Use statistical techniques to better understand salient betting trends and market movements, especially on NBA games across different markets
  • Work with technical partners to automate data flows and reduce reliance on manual data development


Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • 3+ years of experience in data analytics, ideally related to the sports or gaming industries
  • Self-starter with exceptional problem-solving skills and ability to communicate with a non-technical audience and deal effectively with senior management
  • Experience with a database management language (e.g. SQL), scripting languages (e.g. R or Python) and data visualization tool (e.g. Shiny or Tableau)
  • Applied knowledge of statistical regression methods and other supervised learning techniques and unsupervised learning techniques (e.g. dimensionality reduction and clustering)
  • Confident individual, able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage short term deliverables along with long-term projects. Must exercise good judgement and be able to maintain confidentiality with sensitive projects


Education: Bachelor's Degree Required; Major in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or related discipline or Master's Degree are preferred


We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Familial Status, Status As A Victim Of Domestic Violence Or Any Other Status Or Characteristic Protected By Applicable Federal, State, Or Local Law.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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