2016 Annual Recap

“We had 175 folks at that first conference…this year we have more speakers than we had attendees [at that first conference]” said conference chair Jessica Gelman in her opening remarks of the 2016 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. As the conference celebrated its 10th year—-its #DecadeOfData—-Gelman and fellow co-chair Daryl Morey reflected on the roots of the preeminent sports industry conference—fondly referred to as the “Super Bowl of Analytics” and “Dork-a-Palooza”—and the massive growth of both the conference and the sports analytics industry as a whole in those ten short years.

The much anticipated 10th anniversary conference brought together leaders from across the sports community—from teams to players, innovators and influencers—at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on March 11-12. The 2016 conference, presented by ESPN, grew to new heights in both size and content with nearly 4,000 attendees (20% growth from 2015), over 1,500 students from over 320 academic institutions, 130 teams and leagues and 300 industries attending more content than ever before. The conference featured 6 more panels, double the number of Competitive Advantage talks, the introduction of workshops, and the first ever Facebook live stream of a panel, which reached over 312,000 viewers. Attendees contributed record-breaking conference interactions over the course of the weekend, with over 15,000 posts utilizing the hashtag #SSAC16, over 60 million impressions and over 13,000 accounts viewing the conference snapchat filter. The conference opened with a reference to its earliest inspiration: a Moneyball reunion panel with Bill James, Michael Lewis and Paul DePodesta. Throughout the rest of the weekend, industry leaders covered topics ranging from new scientific developments in panels on sports science and wearable technology, to sports business panels on modern sports finance and the future of the front office, to one-on-ones with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Nate Silver. Attendees were treated to insights from Jonathan Kraft, Michael Rubin and Jared Smith on the ways sports organizations are connecting in a more personalized manner and generating targeted content faster to enhance the fan experience. Jackie MacMullan closed the conference by moderating a high-energy discussion on player retention, building a winner and the overall future of the front office between Nick Caserio, Jeff Luhnow, Bob Myers and Daryl Morey. Other conference speakers included Stan Kroenke, Sam Kennedy, Wyc Grousbeck, Shane Battier, Steve Pagliuca, Vivek Ranadive, Oliver Luck, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, Sue Bird and many more.

While league and industry leaders spoke about the current applications of analytics in the panel rooms, the newest advances in sports analytics thinking and technology were showcased in the research papers competition, startup competition, the data visualization room and the Hack-a-thon. A team of Australian researchers won the prestigious Research Paper competition presented by Ticketmaster for their work using Hawkeye technology to discover player patterns in tennis, and, in turn, predict the probability of a given player winning a point.

The conference continued to be a leading resource for developing new talent in the world of sports with the Hackathon, presented by ESPN, the MBA case competition presented by Ticketmaster—which was won by a team from McGill University—and career conversations providing opportunities for the 1,000+ students in attendance to network and demonstrate their industry skills.

The weekend concluded with the presentation of the Alpha Awards, as the conference recognized achievement across the entire landscape of sports analytics, as well as special recognition to the ten devotees who been a part of every conference thus far. Through the increasing number of dedicated attendees and the growth and development of the sports analytics field, SSAC 2016 was able to build on the success of previous conferences and again set the industry conference standard in sports analytics.

Competitive Advantage

  • Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports Using Analytics
    Tauhid Zaman, Juan Pablo Vielma, Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports Using Analytics,
  • The Role of CRM in a Team’s Ecosystem
    Russell Scibetti,
  • IBM Serves Tennis with Data and Analytics
    Shannon Miller, John Kent,
  • Facebook: The World’s Largest Community of Sports Fans
    Kevin Cote,
  • Redefining Home Field Advantage: Strategies for Enhancing Fan Engagement
    Pete Giorgio,
  • #KingdomUnited – How the Kansas City Chiefs Utilized Social Media, Technology, and Game Presentation to Convert Casual NFL Fans to Chiefs Fans in the UK and Beyond
    Bill Chapin,
  • Biometrics: The Next (and Biggest) Analytics Frontier (Sport Science Track)
    Andy Glockner,
  • Reject Conventional Wisdom for a Competitive Advantage: Don’t Swim Like Phelps (Sport Science Track)
    Rod Havriluk,
  • The Curry Landscape
    Kirk Goldsberry,
  • Started from the Bottom: Building a Business with Big Data
    Adam Kaplan, Keith Goldner, Nik Bonaddio, JJ Zachariason,
  • Tracking Ice Hockey and Basketball Players Work Load and Motion Metrics in Arenas: Challenges, Problems & the Next Generation Solution (Sport Science Track)
    Leonard Zaichkowsky,
  • Coffee & Football: Driving Digital Impact Through Strategic Sports Partnerships
    Paul Murray, Tim Chu,
  • Greening in Pro Sports – Why the NHL is Concerned About Environmental Sustainability
    Omar Mitchell,
  • Artificial Intelligence 3.0: Are We Closer to Creating the Mind of Tom Brady? (Sport Science Track)
    Usman Shuja,
  • Winning with Analytics: A Platform for a Data-Driven Sports Organization
    Anthony Deighton,
  • A New Role for Machine Learning in Sponsorship Measurement
    Thomas Slowe,
  • How do you Stop Leicester City? Advanced Tactical Analysis in the English Premier League
    Daniel Altman,
  • Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics (Sport Science Track)
    Dr. Lorena Martin,
  • Leveraging Digital Strategies and Analytics in Media and Sports
    Russell Walker,
  • Using Data, Analytics and Technology to Bring NFL fans Closer to the Game
    Aidan Lyons,
  • Fan Engagement, Player Performance, Prevent Injuries: VERT Wearable for Athletes
    Martin Matak,
  • Client Entertainment Analytics: The Competitive Advantage Through the Eyes of Industry Leaders
    Tony Knopp, Alan Rabb, James Van Stone, Deborah Curtis,
  • Optimal Ticket Pricing: The Frontier of Quantitative Analysis with Primary & Secondary Market Data
    Robert Stavins, Matthew Notowidigdo,
  • Unlocking the Potential of the NBA Schedule
    Evan Wasch,
  • Game Changer or Digital Doorstop? Virtual Reality for Sports Training
    Peter Fadde,
  • How In Game Use of Wearables Increases the Power of Predictive Injury Analytics (Sport Science Track)
    Andrew Althoff, Josh Nelson,
  • Data Privacy & Security: Potential Pitfalls
    Heather Egan Sussman,
  • How to Develop Iterative Learning and Growth in an Event Based Business Model
    Jason Gates,
  • Predicting NBA Season Ticket Member Behavior
    Matt Wolf,
  • Putting the Data Science into Sport Science
    Ray Hensberger,
  • Whose Butt is in Whose Seat?
    Gabe Smallman,
  • Using Modified Dutch Auctions To Set Ticket Prices
    Sandeep Baliga,
  • Firewall: Protecting Sports Analytics and Data Through the Law
    Roger Ford, Michael McCann,
  • Can you Really Predict Athletic Injury and Performance?
    Dr. Phil Wagner,
  • Filling The Seats: Perception vs. Reality On What Drives The Fan Experience
    Mike Bernstein,
  • Panels

  • Wearable Technology: From the Practice Field to Prime Time (Sport Science Track)
    Adir Shiffman, Andrew Hawkins, Steve Holmes, Mary Wise, Daniel Chao, Abe Madkour,
  • Evolution of Ownership
    Wyc Grousbeck, Stanley Kroenke, Sam Kennedy, Brian Lafemina, Jessica Gelman,
  • Modern Sports Finance
    Randy Campbell, Joseph McNulty, George Pyne, Alex Sugarman, Jeff Jordan, Eric Chemi,
  • Out of the Ice Age: Analytics in the NHL
    Tyler Dellow, Douglas McKenney, Chris Kelly, Tim Barnes, Frank Provenzano, Craig Custance,
  • Leadership and Lineage (Sponsored by Korn Ferry)
    Bob Bowman, Paul DePodesta, Brian Kelley, Liz Boardman,
  • eSports for the Win
    Andrew Paradise, David Beck, Steve Arhanect, Whalen Rozelle, Craig Levine,
  • Career Panel (Presented by MLBAM)
    Allison Katz-Mayfield, Greg Korbas, Noel Nash, Scott Pioli, Mark Plutzer, Megan Morgan,
  • Basketball Analytics: Hack-a-Stat
    Tom Thibodeau, Mike Zarren, Daryl Morey, Zach Lowe, Brian Scalabrine,
  • Soccer Analytics: Finding New Passing Lanes
    Chris Anderson, Paul Carr, Gabriele Marcotti, Devin Pleuler, Blake Wooster, Andrew Wiebe,
  • The Rise of Big Data in Sports (Sponsored by Intel)
    Norbert Herman, Noah Fischbach, Angus McNab, Steve Evans, Gayle Sheppard, Benjamin Alamar,
  • The Connected Stadium (Sponsored by CDW)
    Neal Campbell, Tom Garfinkel, Michelle R. McKenna-Doyle, Priya Narasimhan, Mike Riegel, Shira Springer,
  • 1-on-1 with Nate Silver
    Nate Silver, Daryl Morey,
  • Evolution of Sports Journalism
    Jaymee Messler, Carl Bialik, Ethan Sherwood Strauss, David Dusek, Joe Posnanski,
  • Negotiations: Past, Present, and Future
    David Falk, Daryl Morey, Jeffrey Pash, Michael Yormark, Deepak Malhotra,
  • 1st and Goal: Football Analytics
    Thomas Dimitroff, Sandy Weil, John Urschel, 1st and Goal: Football Analytics, Mike Reiss, Brian Burke,
  • How, Where, What: Ticketing Analytics (Sponsored by StubHub)
    Athena Maikish, Kurt Schwartzkopf, How, Where, What: Ticketing Analytics (Sponsored by StubHub), Kelly Cheeseman, John Abbamondi,
  • The Next Wave of Sports Entrepreneurship
    Bill Aulet, Mitch Lasky, Matt Higgins, Tucker Kain, Martin Matak, Peter Keating,
  • Road to the Championship: Playoff Analytics
    Oliver Luck, Chris Marinak, Eric Nyquist, Neil Paine, Mark Bechtel, J. Todd Durbin,
  • Future of Sports Media
    John Stankey, Bill Koenig, Chad Millman,
  • Future of the Fan Experience (Sponsored by Opta US)
    Jonathan Kraft, Michael Rubin, Jared Smith, Andrea Kremer,
  • Sport Science: Extending the Athlete’s Peak Performance (Sport Science Track)
    Christie Aschwanden, Brian Kopp, Erik Korem, David Martin, Stephen Smith, Tom Haberstroh,
  • Serving the Sports Fan with Analytics (Presented by ESPN)
    Neil Greenberg, Sharon Katz, Nate Silver, Pablo Torre, Alok Pattani,
  • Business of Sports
    Tad Brown, Jim Pallotta, Steve Pagliuca, Matt Sebal, Patrick Rishe,
  • Sports Tracking Solutions: The Next Generation (Presented by Zebra Sports)
    Isaiah Kacyvenski, Perkins Miller, Dean Oliver, Bob Thurman, Abe Madkour,
  • Sponsorship Analytics: The New Yardstick for Brands And Properties
    Kathy Carter, Valerie Camillo, Elizabeth Lindsey, Nick Kelly, Jason Belzer,
  • Modern NBA Coaching: Balancing Team and Talent
    Scott Brooks, Mike Brown, Vinny Del Negro, Brian Scalabrine,
  • Marketing, Data, & the Digital Fan
    John Forese, Jessica Gelman, Dan Reed, Michal Lorenc, Ben Shields,
  • Future of the Front Office
    Nick Caserio, Jeff Luhnow, Bob Myers, Daryl Morey, Jackie MacMullan,
  • Analytics in Action
    Shane Battier, Sue Bird, Dean Oliver, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Luck Versus Skill: Gambling Analytics
    Rufus Peabody, Anette Hosoi, Ryan Rodenberg, Chad Millman, Jeff Ma,
  • Moneyball Reunion
    Billy Beane, Michael Lewis, Bill James, Jackie MacMullan,
  • 1-on-1 with Gary Bettman
    Gary Bettman, Liam McHugh,
  • Video

  • Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports Using Analytics
    Tauhid Zaman, Juan Pablo Vielma, Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports Using Analytics,
  • The Role of CRM in a Team’s Ecosystem
    Russell Scibetti,
  • IBM Serves Tennis with Data and Analytics
    Shannon Miller, John Kent,
  • Facebook: The World’s Largest Community of Sports Fans
    Kevin Cote,
  • Redefining Home Field Advantage: Strategies for Enhancing Fan Engagement
    Pete Giorgio,
  • #KingdomUnited – How the Kansas City Chiefs Utilized Social Media, Technology, and Game Presentation to Convert Casual NFL Fans to Chiefs Fans in the UK and Beyond
    Bill Chapin,
  • Biometrics: The Next (and Biggest) Analytics Frontier (Sport Science Track)
    Andy Glockner,
  • Reject Conventional Wisdom for a Competitive Advantage: Don’t Swim Like Phelps (Sport Science Track)
    Rod Havriluk,
  • The Curry Landscape
    Kirk Goldsberry,
  • Started from the Bottom: Building a Business with Big Data
    Adam Kaplan, Keith Goldner, Nik Bonaddio, JJ Zachariason,
  • Tracking Ice Hockey and Basketball Players Work Load and Motion Metrics in Arenas: Challenges, Problems & the Next Generation Solution (Sport Science Track)
    Leonard Zaichkowsky,
  • Coffee & Football: Driving Digital Impact Through Strategic Sports Partnerships
    Paul Murray, Tim Chu,
  • Greening in Pro Sports – Why the NHL is Concerned About Environmental Sustainability
    Omar Mitchell,
  • Artificial Intelligence 3.0: Are We Closer to Creating the Mind of Tom Brady? (Sport Science Track)
    Usman Shuja,
  • Winning with Analytics: A Platform for a Data-Driven Sports Organization
    Anthony Deighton,
  • A New Role for Machine Learning in Sponsorship Measurement
    Thomas Slowe,
  • How do you Stop Leicester City? Advanced Tactical Analysis in the English Premier League
    Daniel Altman,
  • Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics (Sport Science Track)
    Dr. Lorena Martin,
  • Leveraging Digital Strategies and Analytics in Media and Sports
    Russell Walker,
  • Using Data, Analytics and Technology to Bring NFL fans Closer to the Game
    Aidan Lyons,
  • Fan Engagement, Player Performance, Prevent Injuries: VERT Wearable for Athletes
    Martin Matak,
  • Client Entertainment Analytics: The Competitive Advantage Through the Eyes of Industry Leaders
    Tony Knopp, Alan Rabb, James Van Stone, Deborah Curtis,
  • Optimal Ticket Pricing: The Frontier of Quantitative Analysis with Primary & Secondary Market Data
    Robert Stavins, Matthew Notowidigdo,
  • Unlocking the Potential of the NBA Schedule
    Evan Wasch,
  • Game Changer or Digital Doorstop? Virtual Reality for Sports Training
    Peter Fadde,
  • How In Game Use of Wearables Increases the Power of Predictive Injury Analytics (Sport Science Track)
    Andrew Althoff, Josh Nelson,
  • Data Privacy & Security: Potential Pitfalls
    Heather Egan Sussman,
  • How to Develop Iterative Learning and Growth in an Event Based Business Model
    Jason Gates,
  • Predicting NBA Season Ticket Member Behavior
    Matt Wolf,
  • Putting the Data Science into Sport Science
    Ray Hensberger,
  • Whose Butt is in Whose Seat?
    Gabe Smallman,
  • Using Modified Dutch Auctions To Set Ticket Prices
    Sandeep Baliga,
  • Firewall: Protecting Sports Analytics and Data Through the Law
    Roger Ford, Michael McCann,
  • Wearable Technology: From the Practice Field to Prime Time (Sport Science Track)
    Adir Shiffman, Andrew Hawkins, Steve Holmes, Mary Wise, Daniel Chao, Abe Madkour,
  • Evolution of Ownership
    Wyc Grousbeck, Stanley Kroenke, Sam Kennedy, Brian Lafemina, Jessica Gelman,
  • Modern Sports Finance
    Randy Campbell, Joseph McNulty, George Pyne, Alex Sugarman, Jeff Jordan, Eric Chemi,
  • Out of the Ice Age: Analytics in the NHL
    Tyler Dellow, Douglas McKenney, Chris Kelly, Tim Barnes, Frank Provenzano, Craig Custance,
  • Leadership and Lineage (Sponsored by Korn Ferry)
    Bob Bowman, Paul DePodesta, Brian Kelley, Liz Boardman,
  • eSports for the Win
    Andrew Paradise, David Beck, Steve Arhanect, Whalen Rozelle, Craig Levine,
  • Career Panel (Presented by MLBAM)
    Allison Katz-Mayfield, Greg Korbas, Noel Nash, Scott Pioli, Mark Plutzer, Megan Morgan,
  • Basketball Analytics: Hack-a-Stat
    Tom Thibodeau, Mike Zarren, Daryl Morey, Zach Lowe, Brian Scalabrine,
  • Soccer Analytics: Finding New Passing Lanes
    Chris Anderson, Paul Carr, Gabriele Marcotti, Devin Pleuler, Blake Wooster, Andrew Wiebe,
  • The Rise of Big Data in Sports (Sponsored by Intel)
    Norbert Herman, Noah Fischbach, Angus McNab, Steve Evans, Gayle Sheppard, Benjamin Alamar,
  • The Connected Stadium (Sponsored by CDW)
    Neal Campbell, Tom Garfinkel, Michelle R. McKenna-Doyle, Priya Narasimhan, Mike Riegel, Shira Springer,
  • 1-on-1 with Nate Silver
    Nate Silver, Daryl Morey,
  • Evolution of Sports Journalism
    Jaymee Messler, Carl Bialik, Ethan Sherwood Strauss, David Dusek, Joe Posnanski,
  • Negotiations: Past, Present, and Future
    David Falk, Daryl Morey, Jeffrey Pash, Michael Yormark, Deepak Malhotra,
  • 1st and Goal: Football Analytics
    Thomas Dimitroff, Sandy Weil, John Urschel, 1st and Goal: Football Analytics, Mike Reiss, Brian Burke,
  • How, Where, What: Ticketing Analytics (Sponsored by StubHub)
    Athena Maikish, Kurt Schwartzkopf, How, Where, What: Ticketing Analytics (Sponsored by StubHub), Kelly Cheeseman, John Abbamondi,
  • The Next Wave of Sports Entrepreneurship
    Bill Aulet, Mitch Lasky, Matt Higgins, Tucker Kain, Martin Matak, Peter Keating,
  • Road to the Championship: Playoff Analytics
    Oliver Luck, Chris Marinak, Eric Nyquist, Neil Paine, Mark Bechtel, J. Todd Durbin,
  • Future of Sports Media
    John Stankey, Bill Koenig, Chad Millman,
  • Future of the Fan Experience (Sponsored by Opta US)
    Jonathan Kraft, Michael Rubin, Jared Smith, Andrea Kremer,
  • Sport Science: Extending the Athlete’s Peak Performance (Sport Science Track)
    Christie Aschwanden, Brian Kopp, Erik Korem, David Martin, Stephen Smith, Tom Haberstroh,
  • Serving the Sports Fan with Analytics (Presented by ESPN)
    Neil Greenberg, Sharon Katz, Nate Silver, Pablo Torre, Alok Pattani,
  • Business of Sports
    Tad Brown, Jim Pallotta, Steve Pagliuca, Matt Sebal, Patrick Rishe,
  • Sports Tracking Solutions: The Next Generation (Presented by Zebra Sports)
    Isaiah Kacyvenski, Perkins Miller, Dean Oliver, Bob Thurman, Abe Madkour,
  • Sponsorship Analytics: The New Yardstick for Brands And Properties
    Kathy Carter, Valerie Camillo, Elizabeth Lindsey, Nick Kelly, Jason Belzer,
  • Modern NBA Coaching: Balancing Team and Talent
    Scott Brooks, Mike Brown, Vinny Del Negro, Brian Scalabrine,
  • Marketing, Data, & the Digital Fan
    John Forese, Jessica Gelman, Dan Reed, Michal Lorenc, Ben Shields,
  • Future of the Front Office
    Nick Caserio, Jeff Luhnow, Bob Myers, Daryl Morey, Jackie MacMullan,
  • Analytics in Action
    Shane Battier, Sue Bird, Dean Oliver, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Can you Really Predict Athletic Injury and Performance?
    Dr. Phil Wagner,
  • Luck Versus Skill: Gambling Analytics
    Rufus Peabody, Anette Hosoi, Ryan Rodenberg, Chad Millman, Jeff Ma,
  • Filling The Seats: Perception vs. Reality On What Drives The Fan Experience
    Mike Bernstein,
  • Moneyball Reunion
    Billy Beane, Michael Lewis, Bill James, Jackie MacMullan,
  • 1-on-1 with Gary Bettman
    Gary Bettman, Liam McHugh,
  • The Pressing Game: Optimal Defensive Disruption in Soccer
    Iavor Bojinov, Luke Bornn,
  • “The Thin Edge of the Wedge”: Accurately Predicting Shot Outcomes in Tennis using Style and Context Priors
    Xinyu Wei, Patrick Lucey, Stuart Morgan, Machar Reid, Sridha Sridharan,
  • Using Digital Signals To Measure Audience Brand Engagement At Major Sports Events: The 2015 MLB Season
    Peter Ibarra, Peter Lenz,
  • Sponsorship Revenue Forecasting for Sport Organizations: A Survival Analysis Approach
    Jonathan A. Jensen,
  • Recognizing and Analyzing Ball Screen Defense in the NBA
    Avery McIntyre, Joel Brooks, John Guttag, Jenna Wiens,
  • Accounting for Complementary Skill Sets When Evaluating NBA Players’ Values to a Specific Team
    Joseph Kuehn,
  • Arsenal/Zone Rating: A PitchF/X based pitcher projection system
    Pei Zhe Shu, Arsenal/Zone Rating: A PitchF/X based pitcher projection system,
  • The Hot-Hand Fallacy: Cognitive Mistakes or Equilibrium Adjustments? Evidence from Major League Baseball
    Brett Green, Jeff Zwiebel,
  • Conference Year

  • 2016 Startup >=$1M Blitz Competition
  • 2016 Startup <$1M Blitz Competition
  • NFL Ticket Pricing
    David Highhill,
  • CRM in Sports
    Jonathan Martinez,
  • Statistical Platforms: Intro to R
    Jared Lander,
  • Data Visualization Workshop
    Chris Pittenturf,
  • Approaches to Ticket Renewals
    Leah Rindler,
  • Lead Scoring and Ticketing
    Chris Zeppenfeld,
  • WIFI and Stadium Connectivity
    Richard Noonan,
  • Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports Using Analytics
    Tauhid Zaman, Juan Pablo Vielma, Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports Using Analytics,
  • The Role of CRM in a Team’s Ecosystem
    Russell Scibetti,
  • IBM Serves Tennis with Data and Analytics
    Shannon Miller, John Kent,
  • Facebook: The World’s Largest Community of Sports Fans
    Kevin Cote,
  • Redefining Home Field Advantage: Strategies for Enhancing Fan Engagement
    Pete Giorgio,
  • #KingdomUnited – How the Kansas City Chiefs Utilized Social Media, Technology, and Game Presentation to Convert Casual NFL Fans to Chiefs Fans in the UK and Beyond
    Bill Chapin,
  • Biometrics: The Next (and Biggest) Analytics Frontier (Sport Science Track)
    Andy Glockner,
  • Reject Conventional Wisdom for a Competitive Advantage: Don’t Swim Like Phelps (Sport Science Track)
    Rod Havriluk,
  • The Curry Landscape
    Kirk Goldsberry,
  • Started from the Bottom: Building a Business with Big Data
    Adam Kaplan, Keith Goldner, Nik Bonaddio, JJ Zachariason,
  • Tracking Ice Hockey and Basketball Players Work Load and Motion Metrics in Arenas: Challenges, Problems & the Next Generation Solution (Sport Science Track)
    Leonard Zaichkowsky,
  • Coffee & Football: Driving Digital Impact Through Strategic Sports Partnerships
    Paul Murray, Tim Chu,
  • Greening in Pro Sports – Why the NHL is Concerned About Environmental Sustainability
    Omar Mitchell,
  • Artificial Intelligence 3.0: Are We Closer to Creating the Mind of Tom Brady? (Sport Science Track)
    Usman Shuja,
  • Winning with Analytics: A Platform for a Data-Driven Sports Organization
    Anthony Deighton,
  • A New Role for Machine Learning in Sponsorship Measurement
    Thomas Slowe,
  • How do you Stop Leicester City? Advanced Tactical Analysis in the English Premier League
    Daniel Altman,
  • Sports Performance Measurement and Analytics (Sport Science Track)
    Dr. Lorena Martin,
  • Leveraging Digital Strategies and Analytics in Media and Sports
    Russell Walker,
  • Using Data, Analytics and Technology to Bring NFL fans Closer to the Game
    Aidan Lyons,
  • Fan Engagement, Player Performance, Prevent Injuries: VERT Wearable for Athletes
    Martin Matak,
  • Client Entertainment Analytics: The Competitive Advantage Through the Eyes of Industry Leaders
    Tony Knopp, Alan Rabb, James Van Stone, Deborah Curtis,
  • Optimal Ticket Pricing: The Frontier of Quantitative Analysis with Primary & Secondary Market Data
    Robert Stavins, Matthew Notowidigdo,
  • Unlocking the Potential of the NBA Schedule
    Evan Wasch,
  • Game Changer or Digital Doorstop? Virtual Reality for Sports Training
    Peter Fadde,
  • How In Game Use of Wearables Increases the Power of Predictive Injury Analytics (Sport Science Track)
    Andrew Althoff, Josh Nelson,
  • Data Privacy & Security: Potential Pitfalls
    Heather Egan Sussman,
  • How to Develop Iterative Learning and Growth in an Event Based Business Model
    Jason Gates,
  • Predicting NBA Season Ticket Member Behavior
    Matt Wolf,
  • Putting the Data Science into Sport Science
    Ray Hensberger,
  • Whose Butt is in Whose Seat?
    Gabe Smallman,
  • Using Modified Dutch Auctions To Set Ticket Prices
    Sandeep Baliga,
  • Firewall: Protecting Sports Analytics and Data Through the Law
    Roger Ford, Michael McCann,
  • Wearable Technology: From the Practice Field to Prime Time (Sport Science Track)
    Adir Shiffman, Andrew Hawkins, Steve Holmes, Mary Wise, Daniel Chao, Abe Madkour,
  • Evolution of Ownership
    Wyc Grousbeck, Stanley Kroenke, Sam Kennedy, Brian Lafemina, Jessica Gelman,
  • Modern Sports Finance
    Randy Campbell, Joseph McNulty, George Pyne, Alex Sugarman, Jeff Jordan, Eric Chemi,
  • Out of the Ice Age: Analytics in the NHL
    Tyler Dellow, Douglas McKenney, Chris Kelly, Tim Barnes, Frank Provenzano, Craig Custance,
  • Leadership and Lineage (Sponsored by Korn Ferry)
    Bob Bowman, Paul DePodesta, Brian Kelley, Liz Boardman,
  • eSports for the Win
    Andrew Paradise, David Beck, Steve Arhanect, Whalen Rozelle, Craig Levine,
  • Career Panel (Presented by MLBAM)
    Allison Katz-Mayfield, Greg Korbas, Noel Nash, Scott Pioli, Mark Plutzer, Megan Morgan,
  • Basketball Analytics: Hack-a-Stat
    Tom Thibodeau, Mike Zarren, Daryl Morey, Zach Lowe, Brian Scalabrine,
  • Soccer Analytics: Finding New Passing Lanes
    Chris Anderson, Paul Carr, Gabriele Marcotti, Devin Pleuler, Blake Wooster, Andrew Wiebe,
  • The Rise of Big Data in Sports (Sponsored by Intel)
    Norbert Herman, Noah Fischbach, Angus McNab, Steve Evans, Gayle Sheppard, Benjamin Alamar,
  • The Connected Stadium (Sponsored by CDW)
    Neal Campbell, Tom Garfinkel, Michelle R. McKenna-Doyle, Priya Narasimhan, Mike Riegel, Shira Springer,
  • 1-on-1 with Nate Silver
    Nate Silver, Daryl Morey,
  • Evolution of Sports Journalism
    Jaymee Messler, Carl Bialik, Ethan Sherwood Strauss, David Dusek, Joe Posnanski,
  • Negotiations: Past, Present, and Future
    David Falk, Daryl Morey, Jeffrey Pash, Michael Yormark, Deepak Malhotra,
  • 1st and Goal: Football Analytics
    Thomas Dimitroff, Sandy Weil, John Urschel, 1st and Goal: Football Analytics, Mike Reiss, Brian Burke,
  • How, Where, What: Ticketing Analytics (Sponsored by StubHub)
    Athena Maikish, Kurt Schwartzkopf, How, Where, What: Ticketing Analytics (Sponsored by StubHub), Kelly Cheeseman, John Abbamondi,
  • The Next Wave of Sports Entrepreneurship
    Bill Aulet, Mitch Lasky, Matt Higgins, Tucker Kain, Martin Matak, Peter Keating,
  • Road to the Championship: Playoff Analytics
    Oliver Luck, Chris Marinak, Eric Nyquist, Neil Paine, Mark Bechtel, J. Todd Durbin,
  • Future of Sports Media
    John Stankey, Bill Koenig, Chad Millman,
  • Future of the Fan Experience (Sponsored by Opta US)
    Jonathan Kraft, Michael Rubin, Jared Smith, Andrea Kremer,
  • Sport Science: Extending the Athlete’s Peak Performance (Sport Science Track)
    Christie Aschwanden, Brian Kopp, Erik Korem, David Martin, Stephen Smith, Tom Haberstroh,
  • Serving the Sports Fan with Analytics (Presented by ESPN)
    Neil Greenberg, Sharon Katz, Nate Silver, Pablo Torre, Alok Pattani,
  • Business of Sports
    Tad Brown, Jim Pallotta, Steve Pagliuca, Matt Sebal, Patrick Rishe,
  • Sports Tracking Solutions: The Next Generation (Presented by Zebra Sports)
    Isaiah Kacyvenski, Perkins Miller, Dean Oliver, Bob Thurman, Abe Madkour,
  • Sponsorship Analytics: The New Yardstick for Brands And Properties
    Kathy Carter, Valerie Camillo, Elizabeth Lindsey, Nick Kelly, Jason Belzer,
  • Modern NBA Coaching: Balancing Team and Talent
    Scott Brooks, Mike Brown, Vinny Del Negro, Brian Scalabrine,
  • Marketing, Data, & the Digital Fan
    John Forese, Jessica Gelman, Dan Reed, Michal Lorenc, Ben Shields,
  • Future of the Front Office
    Nick Caserio, Jeff Luhnow, Bob Myers, Daryl Morey, Jackie MacMullan,
  • Analytics in Action
    Shane Battier, Sue Bird, Dean Oliver, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Can you Really Predict Athletic Injury and Performance?
    Dr. Phil Wagner,
  • Luck Versus Skill: Gambling Analytics
    Rufus Peabody, Anette Hosoi, Ryan Rodenberg, Chad Millman, Jeff Ma,
  • Filling The Seats: Perception vs. Reality On What Drives The Fan Experience
    Mike Bernstein,
  • Moneyball Reunion
    Billy Beane, Michael Lewis, Bill James, Jackie MacMullan,
  • 1-on-1 with Gary Bettman
    Gary Bettman, Liam McHugh,
  • The Pressing Game: Optimal Defensive Disruption in Soccer
    Iavor Bojinov, Luke Bornn,
  • “The Thin Edge of the Wedge”: Accurately Predicting Shot Outcomes in Tennis using Style and Context Priors
    Xinyu Wei, Patrick Lucey, Stuart Morgan, Machar Reid, Sridha Sridharan,
  • Using Digital Signals To Measure Audience Brand Engagement At Major Sports Events: The 2015 MLB Season
    Peter Ibarra, Peter Lenz,
  • Sponsorship Revenue Forecasting for Sport Organizations: A Survival Analysis Approach
    Jonathan A. Jensen,
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  • Hot heads, cool heads, and tacticians: Measuring the mental game in tennis
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  • Draft by Numbers: Using Data and Analytics to Improve National Hockey League (NHL) Player Selection
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  • Competition From Sports Hurts TV Ratings: How to Shift League Calendars to Optimize Viewership
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  • Is the Price Right? An Analysis of the National Football League Ticket Market Relative to the Great Recession
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  • Classifying NBA Offensive Plays Using Neural Networks
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  • Preventing in-game injuries for NBA players
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  • Tracking Pitcher Performance with Instantaneous Component ERA and Moving Averages
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  • zWins, an Alternative Calculation of Wins Above Replacement in Baseball
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