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The NFL is starting to use AI to figure out how much it should actually pay players, and early data shows one position is more at risk for a pay cut than others

The NFL is starting to use AI to figure out how much it should actually pay players, and early data shows one position is more at risk for a pay cut than others
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A football analytics company, Pro Football Focus, is developing artificial intelligence to make recommendations for player salaries to the NFL, according to the Wall Street Journal.




So far, the AI results suggest running backs are being overpaid.




PFF is run by Cris Collinsworth, an analyst for "Sunday Night Football" on NBC and a retired Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver.




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Soon, artificial intelligence could help decide how much NFL players should be paid.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a company called Pro Football Focus — which is run by "Sunday Night Football" analyst and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth — has been working with all 32 NFL teams and 60-plus college football teams to analyze data on football players' performances for the teams, which is useful for both strategy and recruiting.
Now, PFF is working on a salary analysis system that determines how valuable a player is in terms of performance, and then in terms of compensation. The company is able to project what a player's value is based on both historical stats — like dropped passes that were considered catchable, or completed passes that had a high level of difficulty — and what a player's future performance might look like. Then, PFF will develop a corresponding financial measure that uses AI and machine learning to assign a dollar sign to to that player's potential, according to the Journal.
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