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I like this new article in current issue of ABS on network experience`: 
passing in football/soccer games. Reminds me a bit of Lin Freeman's work 
on basketball teams.

The Relational Value of Network Experience in Teams: Evidence From the 
English Premier League Thomas U. Grund


Previous studies indicate the importance of experience for the performance 
of teams. Theory suggests that working together allows individuals to (a) 
improve their knowledge about who knows (and can do) what and (b) 
facilitates learning to combine individual resources efficiently. Yet it 
remains elusive how experience translates into interaction patterns in 
teams.  Drawing on unique data of career histories of 800 players and 
283,259 passes between these players in 760 English Premier League soccer 
matches, I propose a new measure for network experience and demonstrate 
how it relates to network intensity and decentralization in teams. 
Soccer teams exhibit a higher passing rate when players know each other 
from before. At the same time, network experience has no effect on the 
decentralization of team play. Further dyadic analyses confirm these 
findings. Controlling for selection effects, two players are more likely 
to pass the ball between each other when they know each other more. 
Network experience affects the way team members interact and ultimately 
leads to performance outcomes.

American Behavioral Scientist, 60, 10 (2016)
   Barry Wellman

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