Before digging deeper into one of the more poorly kept secrets in DFW media, I would like to excavate something else.
Over the last few years, I have tried—through my television work, my website and various media appearances—to incorporate analytical tools into my reporting. It has been a contained evolution that compelled me to pursue another academic degree and revise my journalism work that had lasted for several years until then. You have been patient and supportive throughout this process, and for that I thank you. Psychology will tell you the brain functions with patterns and routines, where we react to something and use a preconceived paradigm to explain it. That you have been willing to shift and break these patterns has been a special journey I will never take lightly.
An epiphany came some time ago when I knew I could not continue this evolution in my current capacity. I love being a journalist: sharing stories, reporting on live events and crafting a sportscast that hopefully spurs thought and entertainment. In four different places, I have had that privilege. However, I am also a data scientist: finding statistical trends, determining the significance of factors that go into sporting events and quantifying the burning questions that can often leave a sports fan incensed. While learning how to fine-tune my voice as a journalist, I also had to find my rhythm as an analytics enthusiast.
For growth, I need a change and, for that reason, I will be leaving Fox 4 on Sunday, March 31st. I begin one of my new endeavors Monday morning, April 1st— because I believe in having space to breathe in-between gigs. Officially, I will be the CEO of RevMedia, part of the EPLAY family that uses basketball statistics to tell stories, project future performances and offer global rankings. I will also continue writing for this website, hopefully I will continue teaching at SMU (an unparalleled experience) and there are many other opportunities I cannot wait to share when the time comes.
Until then, too many coaches, players, fans, executives and colleagues have become friends during these last 5.5 years, and if you do not stay in touch, existentially awful things will happen to you, too unspeakable to mention. Besides, empty threats can make friendships fuller and more meaningful, psychology tells you that too.