MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: A new horizon
The fascinating MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference which took place in Boston this year was a celebration of the number crunchers and obsessive compulsive fans of sports statistics. Panelists, researchers, and attendees discussed a wide variety of topics with a very ambitious goal: to change the way we watch and measure team, individual, and business performance in sport.
Analytics has become a key business practice across industries. But it’s cool to see it flowering in sports, where it uniquely functions both as management tool and a component of the fan experience — a unique form of content separate from, but enhancing, the core product.
This year’s event brings together a programme of speakers that includes NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA owners, coaches, industry leaders, and featured speakers including; NBA Deputy Commissioner & COO Adam Silver; Mark Cuban Owner of the Dallas Mavericks & Co-Founder & Chairman of HDNet; Brian Burke President & General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs; Bill Simmons, ESPN Columnist; Daryl Morley General Manager & Managing Director Basketball Operations, Houston Rockets; and many more.
The conference goal is to provide a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the sports industry. MIT Sloan is dedicated to fostering growth in this arena, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world. The conference is open to anyone interested in sports.
Founded in 2006, the conference is co-chaired by Daryl Morey (MIT Sloan ’00) and Jessica Gelman (HBS ’02) who oversee MIT Sloan students in the planning and operating of the yearly conference.
The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was ranked #3 by Fast Company Magazine in its 2012 ranking of the world’s most innovative sports companies behind only the NFL and MLB Advanced Media.