In 2004, MIT Sloan and Daryl Morey initiated one of the first MBA programs with a sports analytics class. This began a focus in sports business that was extended when Daryl Morey and Jessica Gelman founded the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in the winter of 2007.
The inaugural conference in 2007 was highlighted by keynote speakers J.P. Ricciardi and Jamie McCourt. Panel topics included baseball analytics featuring Bill James, sponsorship across all leagues, league management/expansion, and careers in sports. The conference had roughly 175 attendees and was hosted on MIT’s campus.