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What We’re Reading: October 29

MIT : October 29, 2014 1:28 pm : Blog

As one season ends, another fittingly begins. The Royals will host the Giants in Game 7 of the World Series tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, and as Tim Hudson and Jeremy Guthrie go at it, there will be NBA season openers taking place around the country.

So there’s a lot to read this week, starting with the MLB climax.

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2015 SSAC Tickets Now On Sale!

MIT : October 23, 2014 2:02 pm : 2015, Blog, News

Tickets for the 2015 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference are now on sale! You can purchase tickets via Eventbrite HERE!

Ticket prices for the 2015 conference are:

General Admission: $575

Student: $200

Students must use a .edu school email address to register and present student ID on day of event. Holders of student tickets without a valid student ID will be forced to upgrade their tickets to a general admission ticket (and pay difference in price) or be denied admission. Students who do not possess a .edu email address shall clearly state the institution they currently attend when completing the registration form.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston in late February! Questions about the conference, tickets, or where to stay? Check out our FAQs page and our Travel & Logistics page on the website.

What We’re Reading: October 17

MIT : October 17, 2014 1:49 pm : 2015, Blog

With the World Series starting next week, we begin our reading on the diamond these days, but we have links on the gridiron, the ice and also the lonely trails of endurance sports in our latest roundup of what we’re reading.

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What We’re Reading: October 10

MIT : October 10, 2014 3:50 pm : 2015, Blog

The big sports business news this week came out of the NBA, where the league agreed to a $24 billion (yes, with a “b”) television deal with Disney and Turner, meaning games will continue to be aired on ESPN, ABC and TNT for a decade.

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Q&A: Dave Cameron on the unpredictable (and mismanaged) MLB playoffs

MIT : October 9, 2014 1:22 pm : 2015, Blog

It’s been a much-needed two-day break in the Major League Baseball playoffs, with how much excitement there was in the first round and how much there was to question for the analytics crowd. We saw first-hand the perils of tactics in the bullpen and sub-optimal roster construction. And we had the team with the best regular-season record in each league bounced early enough to call into question how much randomness in outcomes we’re willing to accept in sports.

To break it all down, we talked with one of the foremost sabermetric writers – Fangraphs managing editor and Fox Sports contributor Dave Cameron. He discusses those issues, the impact of the second wild card on the playoffs, covering baseball in the internet era, and more.

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What We’re Reading: October 4

MIT : October 3, 2014 11:45 am : 2015, Blog

Variety is what makes the American sports scene. Sure there is a hierarchy in ratings, but what makes us different from so many countries is that we don’t measure time in “the season” and “the offseason,” just a sport for all seasons.

Keeping that in mind, our links all come from different sports today, whether they’re in playoff mode, the regular season, the offseason or the perpetual season. The sports calendar never sleeps, so we’ll keep reading.

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BenShields

Q&A with Ben Shields (Part 2)

MIT : October 1, 2014 12:00 pm : 2015, Blog

Ben Shields is the co-author of the 2014 book The Sports Strategist: Developing Leaders for a High-Performance Industry, which delves into how sports franchises can have success off the field regardless of team performance. Shields worked for ESPN as Associate Director of Brand & Fan Strategy from 2008-11 and Director of Social Media from 2011-14. He received a Ph.D. in Media, Technology and Society from Northwestern University and is currently a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

This is Part II of this interview and focuses on the implications of the changing sports business landscape on people looking for jobs in sports. If you missed Part I on how sports teams are adapting off the field, click here to read that first.

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BenShields

Q&A: Ben Shields on The Sports Strategist

MIT : September 29, 2014 2:26 pm : 2015, Blog, News

Ben Shields is the co-author of the 2014 book The Sports Strategist: Developing Leaders for a High-Performance Industry, which delves into how sports franchises can have success off the field regardless of team performance. Shields worked for ESPN as Associate Director of Brand & Fan Strategy from 2008-11 and Director of Social Media from 2011-14. He received a Ph.D. in Media, Technology and Society from Northwestern University and is currently a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

This is Part I of a two-part interview on the findings of his research. Part II will discuss the impact on people seeking jobs in sports business and will run on Wednesday.

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What We’re Reading: September 22

MIT : September 22, 2014 12:00 pm : 2015, Blog

Here at Sloan, we’re always reading. We’re scouring the internet for sports analytics and business content that really catches our collective eye. Why? Let’s just say it’s more interesting than reading our accounting textbooks. more »

Jeff Luhnow

Q&A: Astros GM Jeff Luhnow on Analytics, Communication, Leverage, and More

MIT : September 15, 2014 9:00 am : 2015, Blog

We kick off our series of Q&A’s leading up to the 2015 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference with a two-time SSAC panelist who has built one of the most analytically focused front offices in baseball.

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