What We’re Reading: November 17

MIT : November 17, 2014 11:29 am : Blog

It was a big week in the news for sports betting – a favorite topic of ours at SSAC and one that’s getting the attention of all the major sports leagues amid a number of developments. New Jersey is challenging Nevada’s control of the legal sports wagering industry with Governor Chris Christie signing a bill for legalization.

There has also been plenty of development in the booming industry of daily fantasy games, with the leagues are starting to get involved there as well.

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Q&A: Economist Dan Hanner on SI’s College Hoops Projection Model

MIT : November 10, 2014 8:55 am : Blog

Economist Dan Hanner’s model to predict the college basketball season wasn’t so much an invention as it was an evolution. He began by looking at how teams would change year-to-year to going with a much more bottom-up approach – projecting every player and then using those projections with estimates of playing time to build to a full team projection.

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What We’re Reading: November 7

MIT : November 7, 2014 11:46 am : Blog

Most teams are halfway through the NFL season, and while there are still divisions that will come down to weeks 16 and 17 – the AFC North is looking a little jammed up – contenders are separating themselves elsewhere.

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MIT alum Zaidi reportedly named Dodgers GM

MIT : November 5, 2014 11:14 am : Blog

MIT alumnus and SSAC panel veteran Farhan Zaidi was reportedly named general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, joining their rapidly strengthening front office.

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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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