Beyond the Panels: Making SSAC15 a Complete Analytics Experience

MIT : February 22, 2015 7:27 pm : Blog

If you only know us for our panels, there’s a whole lot you’d be missing. From groundbreaking research papers to demonstrations of brand new sports technology, there’s a whole life outside the panel rooms at SSAC15.

So consider this a little advance tour of all there is to see at the Conference including everything you can start reading ahead of time. more »

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Sponsored Post: Booz Allen Hamilton’s Ray Hensberger on the firm’s newest data science playing field

MIT : February 21, 2015 9:40 am : 2015, Blog

Last year, technology and management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton broke into the sports world as the brains behind the MLB’s first Replay Operations Center, bringing a century of lessons learned in the highest levels of business and government to the ballpark.

We’re joined by Ray Hensberger, leader of the firm’s sports analytics practice, to discuss how Booz Allen Hamilton became interested in the industry, its work thus far in the space as well as his vision for the future.

Booz Allen is a sponsor of the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which will take place February 27-28 in Boston, and Hensberger’s team will be onsite in the Data Science and Visualization Zone.

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Q&A: Travis Sawchik on ‘Big Data Baseball’ and the rise of the Pirates through analytics

MIT : February 19, 2015 1:44 pm : 2015, Blog

When the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates broke not only a 20-year streak without making the playoffs but also a 20-year streak of losing records, it wasn’t just a one-year fluke. Pittsburgh would be back in the postseason a year later, and as teams report to spring training this week, the Pirates are once again aiming for a berth from the increasingly competitive National League Central. more »

What We’re Reading: February 6

MIT : February 6, 2015 11:24 am : 2015, Blog

We can’t get over the last play either.

Five days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl, the debate continues over the Seahawks’ last offensive play call, which saw a Russell Wilson pass intercepted by Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler: Worst call of all time or good decision, bad results? more »

Announcing SSAC15 Live Webcast!

MIT : February 6, 2015 11:01 am : 2015, Blog, News

For those of you who cannot make it to Boston, we are excited to announce that we will again be livestreaming the Conference on our YouTube channel.

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Q&A: Previewing Super Bowl XLIX with Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics

MIT : January 30, 2015 11:31 am : Blog

When we’re done with everything about atmospheric pressure, media silence and other sources of outrage, there will be a football game to play, and it should be a good one. The Patriots and Seahawks are seen in Las Vegas on near even terms, and Super Bowl XLIX is an attractive matchup of teams that have been there before.

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What We’re Reading: January 23

MIT : January 23, 2015 12:46 pm : 2015, Blog

Like most news roundups, and most categorizations of life, today’s edition of “What We’re Reading” can be divided between things unrelated to deflated balls and things related to deflated balls.

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What We’re Reading: January 16

MIT : January 16, 2015 3:14 pm : Blog

For all the advances that teams, leagues, networks, and other sports related enterprises are making right now, there are few things that have our eye in the sports business world more than watching the legal status of sports gambling. Isolated for years in Nevada and more recently the offshore online books, there are enough states interested in getting a piece of the action to make it a huge conversation topic and the leagues are starting to see it as a reality. more »

What We’re Reading: January 8

MIT : January 8, 2015 10:06 am : Blog

We’re just a week in, and 2015 is already off to a busy start. We’ve cut the Super Bowl contenders down to eight, elected a very deserving quartet to Cooperstown and are just days away from the first ever College Football Playoff championship game between Oregon and Ohio State. more »

Q&A: Dr. Glenn Fleisig on Tommy John Surgery Prevention and Myths

MIT : January 5, 2015 10:05 am : Blog

Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D., is the research director of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) and a leader in baseball pitching biomechanics. His research focuses on understanding pitching injury mechanisms, improving injury treatment, and in the last few years broadened to include injury prevention. more »

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