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Moneyball on BBC 5 Live this Thursday

by Matt Smith

As the film of Moneyball heads to cinemas in the UK, there have been a batch of newspaper articles about Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s.

Most have focused on whether the analytical approach taken by the A’s and others could be successfully applied to traditional British sports.

This theme will be explored in further depth on BBC 5 Live at 21.00 on Thursday (24th).

The programme is scheduled to last for an hour and a half and promises to be a rare opportunity to listen to baseball being discussed as part of the wider sporting landscape on the UK airwaves, rather than as a mere curiosity.

If you can’t listen to the show live, it is very likely that it will be available on the BBC iPlayer for seven days after it airs.

It’s good to see baseball getting a bit of publicity out of the Moneyball film and it will be interesting to hear how the subject of analysing sports is covered in this programme.

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