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Q&A: Shane Battier on the NBA, Analytics, and More

MIT : February 5, 2016 5:03 pm : Blog, News

We kick off our series of Q&A’s leading up to the 10th annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference with a returning SSAC panelist and retired two-time NBA Champion.

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How to Score a Job at SSAC

MIT : February 2, 2016 4:17 pm : Blog, News

The 10th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is kicking off in a few weeks! In this week’s 10 for 10, we spoke to two SSAC and MIT Sloan alumni who explored various career and networking opportunities during the conference. The 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will provide career opportunities only available to attendees, including a dedicated Job Board, LinkedIn group, Resume Book, “Career Conversations”, and Drop-in Resume Reviews.

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Top 10 Research Papers, Where Are They Now?

MIT : January 23, 2016 1:23 pm : Blog, News

A quick look at the list of speakers at this year’s event is reason enough to attend the conference. But if you don’t yet have the clout of our resident expert Nate Silver and want to present alongside the best and brightest in the sports arena, the Research Paper Competition is a great way to join the fun. In this week’s 10 for 10, we’re taking a look at the authors of some of the most data savvy, idea driven, groundbreaking research paper submissions since they were introduced to the SSAC lineup back in 2010. Each year, hundreds of papers get submitted by people from a wide variety of fields and expertise, and we’ve talked to some of our favorites to see what they’ve been up to since their SSAC appearances, listed here in chronological order by conference.

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A Look At SSAC Social Media Growth

MIT : January 16, 2016 9:29 am : Blog, News

While social media was only in its infancy when the conference started in 2007, its importance cannot be overstated as we approach our 10th anniversary. Take a look at how our social media presence has developed over the past ten years, both online and at the conference. #SSAC16 #DecadeOfData

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MIT SSAC Top 10 Moments

MIT : January 8, 2016 1:19 pm : Blog, News, Uncategorized

The 2016 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference marks our 10th annual conference. Founded in 2006 by Daryl Morey and Jessica Gelman, it is the largest sports conference in the world. SSAC is a student-run conference with many former student leads now holding management positions in sports. Today, the SSAC has grown from 125 attendees in MIT classrooms to an anticipated 3,500+ at this year’s conference held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

With the 2016 Conference kicking off in 10 weeks, we wanted to look back at 10 of our co-chairs’ favorite moments…

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Weekly NFL Pick ‘Em: Week 11

MIT : November 22, 2015 11:38 am : Blog

We’re back with the SSAC team weekly picks! This is just for fun and represents the student team’s thoughts on the week’s matchups.   

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Big Data Driving the Marathon Movement

MIT : November 12, 2015 6:03 pm : Blog

One of our esteemed SSAC colleagues recently completed her first marathon! And she wasn’t alone – over 50,000 runners lined up for the NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 1st, and 99% of them finished the race.  In the US, marathon running is at an all-time high. In 1976, only 25,000 runners tackled the 26.2-mile challenge, but that number has climbed to over 550,000 in 2014.

So what is driving this marathon movement? (Hint: it’s the title of this post!)

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Weekly NFL Pick ‘Em: Week 9

MIT : November 8, 2015 10:39 am : Blog

Introducing the SSAC weekly NFL pick ‘em! This is just for fun and represents the student team’s thoughts on the week’s matchups. Week 8 was plagued with injuries and several teams are without key players this week. The Steelers are without star running back Le’Veon Bell, the Bears are on the road without Matt Forte and Eddie Royal, and the Giants are without TE Larry Donnell, to name a few. Also, T.Y. Hilton remains a game-time decision for the Colts. We’ve certainly got some interesting games ahead. Read more to see who we’ve got winning this week.

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What We’re Reading: November 6

MIT : November 6, 2015 8:20 am : Blog

Exciting (or contentious) time in college football with the committee issuing its first CFP rankings this week. While some of the rankings come as no surprise, others leave us wondering – what was the committee thinking? Nate Silver, an SSAC favorite, walks through FiveThirtyEight’s playoff prediction model. Is your alma mater in the mix for a playoff spot? Check out the logic driving the model and let’s see how it stands up to the committee’s picks!

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Then & Now: Baseball Since the First Royals’ Championship

MIT : November 4, 2015 12:10 pm : Blog, News

Sadly, baseball has ended for the year, but the Kansas City Royals have reclaimed the throne as World Series Champions for the first time in 30 years! Here at Sloan, we eat, sleep, and breathe sports, so rather than say goodbye to this baseball season, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and look at how the game has changed from when the KC Royals last won the World Series.

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