2017 Annual Recap

On March 3-4 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) entered its second decade of existence, and did so together with 3,500 attendees united by their passion for sports, statistical analysis, and business. After a record 39 panels, 39 Competitive Advantage talks, 7 interactive events, and the conference’s first ever esports exhibition, SSAC lived up to this year’s conference theme: Elevate the Game.

Conference Co-Chair Jessica Gelman kicked things off Friday morning, moderating the Titans of the Sports Industry panel featuring Michael Rubin, Jared Smith, Michael Spillane, and Casey Wasserman. The discussants set the bar high with a candid conversation about taking a business global and the role of analytics in building a successful company. In the afternoon 275K people tuned in through Facebook Live to watch 538’s Nate Silver interview NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Another Friday highlight was the all-star lineup of executives Billy Beane, Sam Hinkie, SSAC Co-Chair Daryl Morey, and Farhan Zaidi taking the stage to discuss the role of cognitive bias in decision making. That wasn’t Morey’s only strong performance of the day. He was one of the last people standing against Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar, who knocked out 10 opponents in under an hour in SSAC’s first ever chess simulation.

On Day 2, Nate Silver sat down with Mark Cuban, one of the biggest personalities in the NBA, to discuss everything from sports to his political aspirations. Their back-and-forth entertained more than the capacity crowd in the Hynes Center, reaching 330K people on Facebook Live.

Other popular panels featured looks at the role of sustainability in sports, disruptors in the sports industry—featuring Bob Bowman, Bobby Kotick, Jonathan Kraft, and Jason Robins—engaging the modern fan, and a discussion of negotiating strategies with Warren Legarie, Daryl Morey, Bob Myers, and Deepak Malhotra.  During the Getting the Scoop panel, Adam Schefter managed to give a live demonstration, breaking some NFL news mid-panel.

Competitive Advantage talks by John D’Angelo, Larry Coon, Meeta Singh, and Eric Joyce and Cam Lawrence on, respectively, preventing Tommy John surgery, understanding the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the impact of sleep on sports performance, and analytics’ role in NHL draft strategy generated significant interest. Over two days leaders from across the sports landscape provided attendees insight on some of the most critical issues in the industry today. Attendees were also treated to 9 workshops on topics ranging from coding in SQL to data scraping and optimization.

The Research Papers Competition presented by Wasserman remains a key source of innovation where groundbreaking researchers from around the world redefine sports analytics. Top prize went to John Drazan, Amy Loya, Benjamin Horne, and Ron Eglash for their work on using sports analytics to stimulate youth interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well at the Startup Competition & Trade Show, with 24 companies aiming to disrupt the sports industry.  In addition, 2017 marked the introduction of the Accelerator Competition presented by Reebok. The judges were so impressed with the participants that both Nix Biotech and Open Gym walked away with the top prize and the opportunity to grow their businesses with Reebok’s support. Additional events—a dedicated esports room that hosted a ProAm tournament, drone racing, and a chess simulation with Polgar—helped make this the most interactive SSAC yet.

Finally, it wouldn’t be SSAC without a nod to the individuals who have used analytics to transform the sports world. Oakland A’s Executive Vice President Billy Beane, whose Moneyball approach to baseball has made an impact far beyond the diamond, took home the Alpha Award for Lifetime Achievement. The 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs were named Best Analytics Organization. Bob Myers and the Golden State Warriors took the Best Transaction prize for bringing Kevin Durant to the Bay Area just three months before Durant added an NBA Championship and Finals MVP to his resume. Finally, Q30 and its anti-concussion Q-Collar earned an Alpha Award for Best Innovation.

The excitement was hardly limited to the people in the Hynes Convention Center. SSAC’s social media footprint was massive throughout the two days. The conference’s live streams reached over 650K people. SSAC’s Snapchat filter was viewed by over 22.8K accounts. The conference made its mark on Twitter, with #SSAC17 trending No. 1 nationally.

Competitive Advantage

  • Player Grades: The Competitive Advantage in Football Performance
    Cris Collinsworth, Neil Hornsby,
  • The Future of Sports: Digitization and Diversity (Presented by Intel)
    Nadia Banks, Sandra Lopez,
  • Moving the Kickoff: How Data Around Concussions Led to a Rules Change in the Ivy League
    Carolyn Campbell-McGovern,
  • NFL Player Assessment Test: Using Psychological Tests to Predict Player Performance in the NFL
    Charles Scherbaum, Ken Yusko,
  • Advanced Training Techniques
    Brandon Payne,
  • A Focused Approach to Data Analytics: Maximizing Player Performance (Presented by Catapult)
    Ted Ellickson,
  • The EAGLE has landed: Real-time Win Probabilities in Men’s Major Golf Tournaments
    Idrees Kahloon, Dan Rosenheck, Dave Watson,
  • Quantifying Injury Risk (Presented by Kitman Labs)
    Stephen Smith,
  • Using Paid Social Media to Sell and Track Ticket Sales
    Bill Chapin,
  • The Readiness Index: GB Cycling Team’s Approach to Identifying, Monitoring and Forecasting Olympic Medalling Winning Talent
    Andy Harrison, Ian Yates,
  • The Confluence of Warehousing, Visualization and CRM (Presented by KORE Software)
    Adam Grow, Karlis Kezbers,
  • Winning in Sports (Presented by Intel)
    Sasi Kuppannagari, Travis McDonough, Gayle Sheppard,
  • Blending Old and New: How the Florida Panthers try to Predict Future Performance at the NHL Entry Draft
    Eric Joyce, Cameron Lawrence,
  • Marathons, Milestones, and Moon Shots: the Science of Human Performance in the Era of Cheating
    Peter Weyand,
  • Playing the Data Game: NFL Players and Next Gen Stats
    Dave Anderson,
  • Maxing Out & Getting Personal
    Anthony Perez,
  • Pay Smart: Using Remuneration Strategy to Gain an Edge in the English Premier League
    Ian Lynam,
  • Mining For Medals – Using Analytics to Optimize Olympic Performance
    Finbarr Kirwan,
  • Volleyball vs the World: A Practical Look at a Pioneer in Sports Analytics
    Giuseppe Vinci,
  • How Technology is Changing the Sports Industry
    Michael Cotton,
  • Hitting the Next Big Shot: Investing in Sports
    Akshay Khanna,
  • Who’s to Blame (or Credit)?
    Dean Oliver,
  • The 2017 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement
    Larry Coon,
  • Transforming Big Data Into Compelling Insights (Presented by SAP)
    Mark Lehew, Frank Wheeler,
  • The Impact of Deep Learning on Object Identification in Sports Sponsorship – Featuring a Case Study on Pepsi and the Dallas Cowboys
    Adam Grossman,
  • The Efficacy of the Rooney Rule
    CC Dubois,
  • A Peek into the Future with Keemotion and ShotTracker
    Davyeon Ross, Milton Lee,
  • The Science of Sleep
    Meeta Singh, MD,
  • How the Los Angeles Chargers Tackle Digital Challenges and Opportunities
    Nicoletta Ruhl,
  • The Boston Marathon and Big Data
    Tom Grilk,
  • The Anatomy of the NBA Ecosystem: Which Levers to Pull?
    Evan Wasch,
  • Avoiding Tommy John: How the MLB has used Better Data and Training Methods to Reduce Elbow Injuries
    John D’Angelo,
  • A Step In The Right Direction: The Positive Effects a Sports Team can have on Public School Education
    John Borders, David Sparks, Mike Zarren,
  • Winning with Mental, Psychological and Technical Precision
    Susan Polgar, Paul Truong,
  • Investing in a four-letter word that starts with “D”
    Steve Ziff,
  • Using Analytics to Support the Efficacy of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives
    Jess Berman,
  • Marijuana as Medicine
    Andrew Brandt,
  • The Next Wave of Stadium Technology
    Pete Giorgio,
  • Truths and Myths of the Three Point Revolution in Basketball
    Seth Partnow,
  • Panels

  • Daily Fantasy Strategies (Presented by Draftkings)
    Brandon Adams, Peter Jennings, Renee Miller, Jon Pawlak, Neil Paine,
  • Player Tracking Data and the Fan (Presented by ESPN)
    Benjamin Alamar, Rajiv Maheswaran, Cory Schwartz, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Statcast (Presented by MLBAM)
    Greg Cain, Mike Petriello,
  • Shark v. Fox: Politics and Forecasting in the Time of the Hedgehog
    Mark Cuban, Nate Silver,
  • Moneymind: Overcoming Cognitive Bias
    Billy Beane, Sam Hinkie, Daryl Morey, Farhan Zaidi, Cade Massey,
  • Gambling on Mainstream Appeal: The Future of Sports Betting
    Joe Brennan Jr, Kip Levin, Jeff Ma, Jake Williams, Chad Millman,
  • Mission Impossible: The Art of Negotiation
    Warren LeGarie, Daryl Morey, Bob Myers, Deepak Malhotra,
  • The New Reality
    Derek Belch, James Carwana, David Cramer, Miheer Walavalkar, Galen Clavio,
  • Win the (Game) Day (Presented by Zebra)
    Ben Falk, Ben Lindbergh, John Bacon, Mitch Tanney, Sam Ventura, Chris Herring,
  • Data Driven Storytelling
    Bill Barnwell, Cris Collinsworth, Brian Kenny, Nate Silver, Chad Millman,
  • Sustaining Greatness
    Sue Bird, Marcus Elliott, Susan Polgar, Adir Shiffman, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Juggling Expectations: The Emergence of Soccer Analytics
    Hendrik Almstadt, Ted Knutson, Padraig Smith, Daniel Stenz, Andrew Wiebe,
  • The Long Thaw: Hockey’s Embrace of Analytics
    Tyler Dellow, Josh Flynn, David Johnson, Hilary Knight, Dimitri Filipovic,
  • Governance of International Sport
    Arturas Karnisovas, Bill Ordower, Amanda Raad, Angela Ruggiero, Roger Pielke,
  • Golf: Taking a New Approach
    Jason Gore, Jeff Price, Sal Syed, Blake Wooster, David Dusek,
  • Football Analytics: Please Stop Punting
    Mike Lombardi, Chase Stuart, John Urschel, Sandy Weil, Bill Barnwell,
  • Sports Science: The Next Frontier
    Brian Kopp, Marcie Glicksman, David Martin, Patrick Ward, Tom Haberstroh,
  • Beyond the Foundation: Building a Team around a Superstar
    David Griffin, Bob Myers, Masai Ujiri, Jackie MacMullan, Luis Scola,
  • Ball Don’t Lie: The Future of Basketball Analytics
    Sue Bird, Dean Oliver, Mike Zarren, Zach Lowe, Luis Scola,
  • Caught in a Pickle: What’s Next for Baseball Analytics
    Dave Cameron, Harry Pavlidis, Mike Petriello, Patrick Young, Brian Kenny,
  • Career Panel
    Jeff Bennett, Josh Brickman, Jay Verrill, Matt Winkler, Liz Boardman,
  • The Success of Streaming: The New Media Model
    Melissa Brenner, Kenneth Gersh, Michelle Wilson, Eric Fisher,
  • eSports Emergence
    Christina Alejandre, Neil Duffy, Nathan Lindberg, Mike Rufail, Travis Gafford,
  • Beyond the Seat: Future of the Ticketing Marketplace
    John Abbamondi, Jamie Brandt, Jody Mulkey, Russell Scibetti, Patrick Rishe, Zack Long,
  • Life of the College Student-Athlete
    Shane Battier, Amy Huchthausen, Marcus Lattimore, Greg McGarity, Laura Marcinek,
  • The Business of College Sports
    Val Ackerman, Dan Gavitt, Marc Jenkins, Jack Swarbrick, Eric Chemi,
  • International Growth: Targeting a Bigger Market
    Steve Pagliuca, David Proper, Mark Tatum, Mark Waller, Chad Millman,
  • Green is Good: The Role of Sustainability in Sports
    Andrew Ference, Susan Groh, Paul Hanlon, Omar Mitchell, Erin Schnieders, Michele Steele,
  • Getting the Scoop
    Nik Bonaddio, Ken Rosenthal, Adam Schefter, Adrian Wojnarowski, Kristie Blasi,
  • Finding A New Home: Sports Teams in Transition
    Brian Byrnes, Kevin Demoff, George McPhee, Peter King,
  • Fan Data Deluge
    John Forese, Jessica Gelman, Michal Lorenc, Jeff Ma, Shira Springer,
  • Business of Sports (Presented by Reebok)
    Maverick Carter, Marie Donoghue, Cole Gahagan, Dawn Hudson, Matt O’Toole, Darren Rovell,
  • The Bigger Picture: Defining League Strategy
    Brian Lafemina, Elizabeth Lindsey, Chris Marinak, Neil Greenberg,
  • Disrupting Sports
    Bob Bowman, Bobby Kotick, Jonathan Kraft, Jason Robins, Abe Madkour,
  • Titans of the Sports Industry
    Michael Rubin, Jared Smith, Michael Spillane, Casey Wasserman, Jessica Gelman,
  • Engaging the Modern Fan
    Mike Bernstein, Camila Franco, Sarah Hirshland, Elisa Padilla, Link Simpson, Ben Shields,
  • Investing in the Future of Sports
    Ryan Moore, George Pyne, Matt Saunders, Cole Van Nice, Saj Cherian,
  • Silver Asks Silver
    Adam Silver, Nate Silver,
  • Research Paper Posters

  • Using AI to Correct Play-by-play Substitution Errors
    Steven Wu, Tim Swartz,
  • A PageRank Model for Player Performance Assessment in Basketball, Soccer and Hockey
    Shael Brown,
  • Evaluating Defensive Ability in Hockey Using Passing Data
    Ryan Stimson, Matt Cane,
  • American Football Route Identification Using Supervised Machine Learning
    Jeremy Hochstedler, Paul Gagnon,
  • The Market for English Premier League Odds
    Guanhao Feng, Nicholas Polson, Jianeng Xu,
  • In Search of David Ross
    Scott Brave, R. Andrew Butters, Kevin Roberts,
  • A data-driven method for understanding and increasing 3-point shooting percentage
    Rachel Marty, Simon Lucey,
  • “What’s in a Meta?” Analyzing Champion Diversity in Esports
    Jeffrey Liang,
  • Ranking the Skills of Golfers on the PGA TOUR using Gradient Boosting Machines and Network Analysis
    Adam Levin,
  • Physics-Based Modeling of Pass Probabilities in Soccer
    William Spearman, Paul Pop, Austin Basye, Ryan Hotovy, Greg Dick,
  • Flow Motifs in Soccer: What can passing behavior tell us?
    Joris Bekkers, Shaunak Dabadghao,
  • Judging the judges: Evaluating the performance of international gymnastics judges
    Hugues Mercier, Christopher Klahn,
  • Bump, Set, Spike: Using Analytics to Rate Volleyball Teams and Players
    Corley Bagley, Brett Ware,
  • Apples-to-Apples: Clustering and Ranking NHL Players Using Location Information and Scoring Impact
    Oliver Schulte, Zeyu Zhao, Mehrsan Javan, Phillippe Desaulniers,
  • Mining Muscle Use Data for Fatigue Reduction in IndyCar
    Yasuyuki Kataoka, Doug Junkins,
  • Video

  • Beat the GM: Chess Simul
    Susan Polgar,
  • Welcome Remarks
    Welcome Remarks,
  • Alpha Awards
    Alpha Awards,
  • Research Paper Finalist Presentations (Presented by Wasserman)
    Research Paper Finalist Presentations (Presented by Wasserman),
  • Proem Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Proem Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Satoruum Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Satoruum Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Socialie Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Socialie Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Optimal Player Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Optimal Player Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Brandlytics Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Brandlytics Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Impakt Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Impakt Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • statUP Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    statUP Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster), statUP Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • RightBlueLabs Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    RightBlueLabs Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • PlayersVote Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    PlayersVote Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • deCervo Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    deCervo Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Springbok Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Springbok Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • RSPCT Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    RSPCT Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Atavus Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Atavus Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Fanchise Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Fanchise Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Fanpictor Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Fanpictor Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Fanwide Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Fanwide Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Kinexon Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Kinexon Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Mogean Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Mogean Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Noah Basketball Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Noah Basketball Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • SciSports Presentation (Startup Competition presented by Ticketmaster)
    SciSports Presentation (Startup Competition presented by Ticketmaster), SciSports Presentation (Startup Competition presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Accelerator Competition presented by Reebok
    Accelerator Competition presented by Reebok,
  • First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: McCombs Presentation
    First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: McCombs Presentation,
  • First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: TCU Presentation
    First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: TCU Presentation,
  • First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: Tuck Presentation
    First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: Tuck Presentation,
  • FiveThirtyEight Hot Takedown Live Podcast
    FiveThirtyEight Hot Takedown Live Podcast,
  • Smash4 ProAm Competition
    Smash4 ProAm Competition,
  • Hackathon presented by ESPN and Ticketmaster Final Presentation
    Hackathon presented by ESPN and Ticketmaster Final Presentation,
  • Drone Demonstration
    Drone Demonstration,
  • eSports Analytics: Super Smash Bros
    eSports Analytics: Super Smash Bros,
  • The Growth of Smash and Open Bracket eSports
    The Growth of Smash and Open Bracket eSports,
  • Big Data in Sports Analytics
    Giada Carminati, Enid Magari,
  • From Sports to Science: Using Basketball Analytics to Broaden the Appeal of Math and Science Among Youth
    John Drazan, Amy Loya, Benjamin Horne, Ron Eglash,
  • Why do marketing partnerships end? Evidence from global sport sponsorships
    Jonathan A. Jensen, T. Bettina Cornwell,
  • Possession Sketches: Mapping NBA Strategies
    Andy Miller, Luke Bornn,
  • “BodyShots”: Analyzing Shooting Styles in the NBA using 3D Body-Pose Information
    Panna Felsen, Patrick Lucey,
  • Mixed Membership Martial Arts: Data-Driven Analysis of Winning Martial Arts Styles
    Sean Hackett, John Storey,
  • Data-Driven Ghosting using Deep Imitation Learning
    Hoang Le, Peter Carr, Yisong Yue, Patrick Lucey,
  • A switching dynamic generalized linear model to detect abnormal performances in Major League Baseball
    Chris Glynn, Surya Tokdar,
  • Bullpen Strategies for Major League Baseball
    Willie Harrison, John Salmon,
  • Player Grades: The Competitive Advantage in Football Performance
    Cris Collinsworth, Neil Hornsby,
  • The Future of Sports: Digitization and Diversity (Presented by Intel)
    Nadia Banks, Sandra Lopez,
  • Moving the Kickoff: How Data Around Concussions Led to a Rules Change in the Ivy League
    Carolyn Campbell-McGovern,
  • NFL Player Assessment Test: Using Psychological Tests to Predict Player Performance in the NFL
    Charles Scherbaum, Ken Yusko,
  • Advanced Training Techniques
    Brandon Payne,
  • A Focused Approach to Data Analytics: Maximizing Player Performance (Presented by Catapult)
    Ted Ellickson,
  • Optimization Formulation
    Tauhid Zaman,
  • The EAGLE has landed: Real-time Win Probabilities in Men’s Major Golf Tournaments
    Idrees Kahloon, Dan Rosenheck, Dave Watson,
  • Quantifying Injury Risk (Presented by Kitman Labs)
    Stephen Smith,
  • Data Scraping
    Matt Dennewitz,
  • Using Paid Social Media to Sell and Track Ticket Sales
    Bill Chapin,
  • CRM in Sports
    Chris Zeppenfeld,
  • The Readiness Index: GB Cycling Team’s Approach to Identifying, Monitoring and Forecasting Olympic Medalling Winning Talent
    Andy Harrison, Ian Yates,
  • The Confluence of Warehousing, Visualization and CRM (Presented by KORE Software)
    Adam Grow, Karlis Kezbers,
  • Arbitration Process
    Reed MacPhail,
  • Winning in Sports (Presented by Intel)
    Sasi Kuppannagari, Travis McDonough, Gayle Sheppard,
  • Daily Fantasy Strategies (Presented by Draftkings)
    Brandon Adams, Peter Jennings, Renee Miller, Jon Pawlak, Neil Paine,
  • Blending Old and New: How the Florida Panthers try to Predict Future Performance at the NHL Entry Draft
    Eric Joyce, Cameron Lawrence,
  • Marathons, Milestones, and Moon Shots: the Science of Human Performance in the Era of Cheating
    Peter Weyand,
  • Playing the Data Game: NFL Players and Next Gen Stats
    Dave Anderson,
  • Maxing Out & Getting Personal
    Anthony Perez,
  • Mining For Medals – Using Analytics to Optimize Olympic Performance
    Finbarr Kirwan,
  • Volleyball vs the World: A Practical Look at a Pioneer in Sports Analytics
    Giuseppe Vinci,
  • How Technology is Changing the Sports Industry
    Michael Cotton,
  • Hitting the Next Big Shot: Investing in Sports
    Akshay Khanna,
  • Who’s to Blame (or Credit)?
    Dean Oliver,
  • Player Tracking Data and the Fan (Presented by ESPN)
    Benjamin Alamar, Rajiv Maheswaran, Cory Schwartz, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Statcast (Presented by MLBAM)
    Greg Cain, Mike Petriello,
  • Shark v. Fox: Politics and Forecasting in the Time of the Hedgehog
    Mark Cuban, Nate Silver,
  • The 2017 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement
    Larry Coon,
  • Transforming Big Data Into Compelling Insights (Presented by SAP)
    Mark Lehew, Frank Wheeler,
  • Moneymind: Overcoming Cognitive Bias
    Billy Beane, Sam Hinkie, Daryl Morey, Farhan Zaidi, Cade Massey,
  • The Impact of Deep Learning on Object Identification in Sports Sponsorship – Featuring a Case Study on Pepsi and the Dallas Cowboys
    Adam Grossman,
  • The Efficacy of the Rooney Rule
    CC Dubois,
  • Gambling on Mainstream Appeal: The Future of Sports Betting
    Joe Brennan Jr, Kip Levin, Jeff Ma, Jake Williams, Chad Millman,
  • A Peek into the Future with Keemotion and ShotTracker
    Davyeon Ross, Milton Lee,
  • Mission Impossible: The Art of Negotiation
    Warren LeGarie, Daryl Morey, Bob Myers, Deepak Malhotra,
  • The Science of Sleep
    Meeta Singh, MD,
  • The New Reality
    Derek Belch, James Carwana, David Cramer, Miheer Walavalkar, Galen Clavio,
  • How the Los Angeles Chargers Tackle Digital Challenges and Opportunities
    Nicoletta Ruhl,
  • Win the (Game) Day (Presented by Zebra)
    Ben Falk, Ben Lindbergh, John Bacon, Mitch Tanney, Sam Ventura, Chris Herring,
  • Data Driven Storytelling
    Bill Barnwell, Cris Collinsworth, Brian Kenny, Nate Silver, Chad Millman,
  • Sustaining Greatness
    Sue Bird, Marcus Elliott, Susan Polgar, Adir Shiffman, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Juggling Expectations: The Emergence of Soccer Analytics
    Hendrik Almstadt, Ted Knutson, Padraig Smith, Daniel Stenz, Andrew Wiebe,
  • The Long Thaw: Hockey’s Embrace of Analytics
    Tyler Dellow, Josh Flynn, David Johnson, Hilary Knight, Dimitri Filipovic,
  • Governance of International Sport
    Arturas Karnisovas, Bill Ordower, Amanda Raad, Angela Ruggiero, Roger Pielke,
  • Golf: Taking a New Approach
    Jason Gore, Jeff Price, Sal Syed, Blake Wooster, David Dusek,
  • Football Analytics: Please Stop Punting
    Mike Lombardi, Chase Stuart, John Urschel, Sandy Weil, Bill Barnwell,
  • Sports Science: The Next Frontier
    Brian Kopp, Marcie Glicksman, David Martin, Patrick Ward, Tom Haberstroh,
  • Beyond the Foundation: Building a Team around a Superstar
    David Griffin, Bob Myers, Masai Ujiri, Jackie MacMullan, Luis Scola,
  • The Boston Marathon and Big Data
    Tom Grilk,
  • The Anatomy of the NBA Ecosystem: Which Levers to Pull?
    Evan Wasch,
  • Avoiding Tommy John: How the MLB has used Better Data and Training Methods to Reduce Elbow Injuries
    John D’Angelo,
  • A Step In The Right Direction: The Positive Effects a Sports Team can have on Public School Education
    John Borders, David Sparks, Mike Zarren,
  • Ball Don’t Lie: The Future of Basketball Analytics
    Sue Bird, Dean Oliver, Mike Zarren, Zach Lowe, Luis Scola,
  • Caught in a Pickle: What’s Next for Baseball Analytics
    Dave Cameron, Harry Pavlidis, Mike Petriello, Patrick Young, Brian Kenny,
  • Career Panel
    Jeff Bennett, Josh Brickman, Jay Verrill, Matt Winkler, Liz Boardman,
  • The Success of Streaming: The New Media Model
    Melissa Brenner, Kenneth Gersh, Michelle Wilson, Eric Fisher,
  • eSports Emergence
    Christina Alejandre, Neil Duffy, Nathan Lindberg, Mike Rufail, Travis Gafford,
  • Beyond the Seat: Future of the Ticketing Marketplace
    John Abbamondi, Jamie Brandt, Jody Mulkey, Russell Scibetti, Patrick Rishe, Zack Long,
  • Investing in a four-letter word that starts with “D”
    Steve Ziff,
  • Using Analytics to Support the Efficacy of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives
    Jess Berman,
  • Marijuana as Medicine
    Andrew Brandt,
  • The Next Wave of Stadium Technology
    Pete Giorgio,
  • Life of the College Student-Athlete
    Shane Battier, Amy Huchthausen, Marcus Lattimore, Greg McGarity, Laura Marcinek,
  • The Business of College Sports
    Val Ackerman, Dan Gavitt, Marc Jenkins, Jack Swarbrick, Eric Chemi,
  • International Growth: Targeting a Bigger Market
    Steve Pagliuca, David Proper, Mark Tatum, Mark Waller, Chad Millman,
  • Green is Good: The Role of Sustainability in Sports
    Andrew Ference, Susan Groh, Paul Hanlon, Omar Mitchell, Erin Schnieders, Michele Steele,
  • Getting the Scoop
    Nik Bonaddio, Ken Rosenthal, Adam Schefter, Adrian Wojnarowski, Kristie Blasi,
  • Finding A New Home: Sports Teams in Transition
    Brian Byrnes, Kevin Demoff, George McPhee, Peter King,
  • Fan Data Deluge
    John Forese, Jessica Gelman, Michal Lorenc, Jeff Ma, Shira Springer,
  • Business of Sports (Presented by Reebok)
    Maverick Carter, Marie Donoghue, Cole Gahagan, Dawn Hudson, Matt O’Toole, Darren Rovell,
  • The Bigger Picture: Defining League Strategy
    Brian Lafemina, Elizabeth Lindsey, Chris Marinak, Neil Greenberg,
  • Disrupting Sports
    Bob Bowman, Bobby Kotick, Jonathan Kraft, Jason Robins, Abe Madkour,
  • Truths and Myths of the Three Point Revolution in Basketball
    Seth Partnow,
  • Titans of the Sports Industry
    Michael Rubin, Jared Smith, Michael Spillane, Casey Wasserman, Jessica Gelman,
  • Engaging the Modern Fan
    Mike Bernstein, Camila Franco, Sarah Hirshland, Elisa Padilla, Link Simpson, Ben Shields,
  • Investing in the Future of Sports
    Ryan Moore, George Pyne, Matt Saunders, Cole Van Nice, Saj Cherian,
  • Silver Asks Silver
    Adam Silver, Nate Silver,
  • Conference Year

  • Beat the GM: Chess Simul
    Susan Polgar,
  • Welcome Remarks
    Welcome Remarks,
  • Alpha Awards
    Alpha Awards,
  • Research Paper Finalist Presentations (Presented by Wasserman)
    Research Paper Finalist Presentations (Presented by Wasserman),
  • Proem Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Proem Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Satoruum Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Satoruum Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Socialie Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Socialie Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Optimal Player Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Optimal Player Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Brandlytics Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Brandlytics Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Impakt Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Impakt Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • statUP Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    statUP Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster), statUP Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • RightBlueLabs Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    RightBlueLabs Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • PlayersVote Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    PlayersVote Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • deCervo Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    deCervo Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Springbok Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Springbok Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • RSPCT Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    RSPCT Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Atavus Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Atavus Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Fanchise Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Fanchise Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Fanpictor Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Fanpictor Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Fanwide Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Fanwide Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Kinexon Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Kinexon Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Mogean Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Mogean Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Noah Basketball Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster)
    Noah Basketball Presentation (Startup Competition Presented by Ticketmaster),
  • SciSports Presentation (Startup Competition presented by Ticketmaster)
    SciSports Presentation (Startup Competition presented by Ticketmaster), SciSports Presentation (Startup Competition presented by Ticketmaster),
  • Accelerator Competition presented by Reebok
    Accelerator Competition presented by Reebok,
  • First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: McCombs Presentation
    First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: McCombs Presentation,
  • First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: TCU Presentation
    First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: TCU Presentation,
  • First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: Tuck Presentation
    First Pitch Case Competition presented by 42 Analytics: Tuck Presentation,
  • FiveThirtyEight Hot Takedown Live Podcast
    FiveThirtyEight Hot Takedown Live Podcast,
  • Smash4 ProAm Competition
    Smash4 ProAm Competition,
  • Hackathon presented by ESPN and Ticketmaster Final Presentation
    Hackathon presented by ESPN and Ticketmaster Final Presentation,
  • Drone Demonstration
    Drone Demonstration,
  • eSports Analytics: Super Smash Bros
    eSports Analytics: Super Smash Bros,
  • The Growth of Smash and Open Bracket eSports
    The Growth of Smash and Open Bracket eSports,
  • Big Data in Sports Analytics
    Giada Carminati, Enid Magari,
  • Using AI to Correct Play-by-play Substitution Errors
    Steven Wu, Tim Swartz,
  • A PageRank Model for Player Performance Assessment in Basketball, Soccer and Hockey
    Shael Brown,
  • Evaluating Defensive Ability in Hockey Using Passing Data
    Ryan Stimson, Matt Cane,
  • American Football Route Identification Using Supervised Machine Learning
    Jeremy Hochstedler, Paul Gagnon,
  • The Market for English Premier League Odds
    Guanhao Feng, Nicholas Polson, Jianeng Xu,
  • In Search of David Ross
    Scott Brave, R. Andrew Butters, Kevin Roberts,
  • A data-driven method for understanding and increasing 3-point shooting percentage
    Rachel Marty, Simon Lucey,
  • “What’s in a Meta?” Analyzing Champion Diversity in Esports
    Jeffrey Liang,
  • Ranking the Skills of Golfers on the PGA TOUR using Gradient Boosting Machines and Network Analysis
    Adam Levin,
  • Physics-Based Modeling of Pass Probabilities in Soccer
    William Spearman, Paul Pop, Austin Basye, Ryan Hotovy, Greg Dick,
  • Flow Motifs in Soccer: What can passing behavior tell us?
    Joris Bekkers, Shaunak Dabadghao,
  • Judging the judges: Evaluating the performance of international gymnastics judges
    Hugues Mercier, Christopher Klahn,
  • Bump, Set, Spike: Using Analytics to Rate Volleyball Teams and Players
    Corley Bagley, Brett Ware,
  • Apples-to-Apples: Clustering and Ranking NHL Players Using Location Information and Scoring Impact
    Oliver Schulte, Zeyu Zhao, Mehrsan Javan, Phillippe Desaulniers,
  • Mining Muscle Use Data for Fatigue Reduction in IndyCar
    Yasuyuki Kataoka, Doug Junkins,
  • From Sports to Science: Using Basketball Analytics to Broaden the Appeal of Math and Science Among Youth
    John Drazan, Amy Loya, Benjamin Horne, Ron Eglash,
  • Why do marketing partnerships end? Evidence from global sport sponsorships
    Jonathan A. Jensen, T. Bettina Cornwell,
  • Possession Sketches: Mapping NBA Strategies
    Andy Miller, Luke Bornn,
  • “BodyShots”: Analyzing Shooting Styles in the NBA using 3D Body-Pose Information
    Panna Felsen, Patrick Lucey,
  • Mixed Membership Martial Arts: Data-Driven Analysis of Winning Martial Arts Styles
    Sean Hackett, John Storey,
  • Data-Driven Ghosting using Deep Imitation Learning
    Hoang Le, Peter Carr, Yisong Yue, Patrick Lucey,
  • 2017 Startup Competition: Venture-Stage Track
  • 2017 Startup Competition: Seed-Stage Track
  • 2017 Startup Competition: Bootstrapped Track
  • A switching dynamic generalized linear model to detect abnormal performances in Major League Baseball
    Chris Glynn, Surya Tokdar,
  • Bullpen Strategies for Major League Baseball
    Willie Harrison, John Salmon,
  • Player Grades: The Competitive Advantage in Football Performance
    Cris Collinsworth, Neil Hornsby,
  • The Future of Sports: Digitization and Diversity (Presented by Intel)
    Nadia Banks, Sandra Lopez,
  • Moving the Kickoff: How Data Around Concussions Led to a Rules Change in the Ivy League
    Carolyn Campbell-McGovern,
  • NFL Player Assessment Test: Using Psychological Tests to Predict Player Performance in the NFL
    Charles Scherbaum, Ken Yusko,
  • Advanced Training Techniques
    Brandon Payne,
  • A Focused Approach to Data Analytics: Maximizing Player Performance (Presented by Catapult)
    Ted Ellickson,
  • Concession Analytics
    Royce Cohen, Jaime Faulkner,
  • Optimization Formulation
    Tauhid Zaman,
  • The EAGLE has landed: Real-time Win Probabilities in Men’s Major Golf Tournaments
    Idrees Kahloon, Dan Rosenheck, Dave Watson,
  • Scraping and Analyzing NFL Data with R
    Jared Lander,
  • SQL
    Monte McNair,
  • Quantifying Injury Risk (Presented by Kitman Labs)
    Stephen Smith,
  • Data Scraping
    Matt Dennewitz,
  • Using Paid Social Media to Sell and Track Ticket Sales
    Bill Chapin,
  • CRM in Sports
    Chris Zeppenfeld,
  • The Readiness Index: GB Cycling Team’s Approach to Identifying, Monitoring and Forecasting Olympic Medalling Winning Talent
    Andy Harrison, Ian Yates,
  • Corporate Sponsorship
    Matt Brand,
  • The Confluence of Warehousing, Visualization and CRM (Presented by KORE Software)
    Adam Grow, Karlis Kezbers,
  • Arbitration Process
    Reed MacPhail,
  • Winning in Sports (Presented by Intel)
    Sasi Kuppannagari, Travis McDonough, Gayle Sheppard,
  • Daily Fantasy Strategies (Presented by Draftkings)
    Brandon Adams, Peter Jennings, Renee Miller, Jon Pawlak, Neil Paine,
  • Blending Old and New: How the Florida Panthers try to Predict Future Performance at the NHL Entry Draft
    Eric Joyce, Cameron Lawrence,
  • Marathons, Milestones, and Moon Shots: the Science of Human Performance in the Era of Cheating
    Peter Weyand,
  • Playing the Data Game: NFL Players and Next Gen Stats
    Dave Anderson,
  • Maxing Out & Getting Personal
    Anthony Perez,
  • Pay Smart: Using Remuneration Strategy to Gain an Edge in the English Premier League
    Ian Lynam,
  • Mining For Medals – Using Analytics to Optimize Olympic Performance
    Finbarr Kirwan,
  • Volleyball vs the World: A Practical Look at a Pioneer in Sports Analytics
    Giuseppe Vinci,
  • How Technology is Changing the Sports Industry
    Michael Cotton,
  • Hitting the Next Big Shot: Investing in Sports
    Akshay Khanna,
  • Who’s to Blame (or Credit)?
    Dean Oliver,
  • Player Tracking Data and the Fan (Presented by ESPN)
    Benjamin Alamar, Rajiv Maheswaran, Cory Schwartz, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Statcast (Presented by MLBAM)
    Greg Cain, Mike Petriello,
  • Shark v. Fox: Politics and Forecasting in the Time of the Hedgehog
    Mark Cuban, Nate Silver,
  • The 2017 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement
    Larry Coon,
  • Transforming Big Data Into Compelling Insights (Presented by SAP)
    Mark Lehew, Frank Wheeler,
  • Moneymind: Overcoming Cognitive Bias
    Billy Beane, Sam Hinkie, Daryl Morey, Farhan Zaidi, Cade Massey,
  • The Impact of Deep Learning on Object Identification in Sports Sponsorship – Featuring a Case Study on Pepsi and the Dallas Cowboys
    Adam Grossman,
  • The Efficacy of the Rooney Rule
    CC Dubois,
  • Gambling on Mainstream Appeal: The Future of Sports Betting
    Joe Brennan Jr, Kip Levin, Jeff Ma, Jake Williams, Chad Millman,
  • A Peek into the Future with Keemotion and ShotTracker
    Davyeon Ross, Milton Lee,
  • Mission Impossible: The Art of Negotiation
    Warren LeGarie, Daryl Morey, Bob Myers, Deepak Malhotra,
  • The Science of Sleep
    Meeta Singh, MD,
  • The New Reality
    Derek Belch, James Carwana, David Cramer, Miheer Walavalkar, Galen Clavio,
  • How the Los Angeles Chargers Tackle Digital Challenges and Opportunities
    Nicoletta Ruhl,
  • Win the (Game) Day (Presented by Zebra)
    Ben Falk, Ben Lindbergh, John Bacon, Mitch Tanney, Sam Ventura, Chris Herring,
  • Data Driven Storytelling
    Bill Barnwell, Cris Collinsworth, Brian Kenny, Nate Silver, Chad Millman,
  • Sustaining Greatness
    Sue Bird, Marcus Elliott, Susan Polgar, Adir Shiffman, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Juggling Expectations: The Emergence of Soccer Analytics
    Hendrik Almstadt, Ted Knutson, Padraig Smith, Daniel Stenz, Andrew Wiebe,
  • The Long Thaw: Hockey’s Embrace of Analytics
    Tyler Dellow, Josh Flynn, David Johnson, Hilary Knight, Dimitri Filipovic,
  • Governance of International Sport
    Arturas Karnisovas, Bill Ordower, Amanda Raad, Angela Ruggiero, Roger Pielke,
  • Golf: Taking a New Approach
    Jason Gore, Jeff Price, Sal Syed, Blake Wooster, David Dusek,
  • Football Analytics: Please Stop Punting
    Mike Lombardi, Chase Stuart, John Urschel, Sandy Weil, Bill Barnwell,
  • Sports Science: The Next Frontier
    Brian Kopp, Marcie Glicksman, David Martin, Patrick Ward, Tom Haberstroh,
  • Beyond the Foundation: Building a Team around a Superstar
    David Griffin, Bob Myers, Masai Ujiri, Jackie MacMullan, Luis Scola,
  • The Boston Marathon and Big Data
    Tom Grilk,
  • The Anatomy of the NBA Ecosystem: Which Levers to Pull?
    Evan Wasch,
  • Avoiding Tommy John: How the MLB has used Better Data and Training Methods to Reduce Elbow Injuries
    John D’Angelo,
  • A Step In The Right Direction: The Positive Effects a Sports Team can have on Public School Education
    John Borders, David Sparks, Mike Zarren,
  • Ball Don’t Lie: The Future of Basketball Analytics
    Sue Bird, Dean Oliver, Mike Zarren, Zach Lowe, Luis Scola,
  • Caught in a Pickle: What’s Next for Baseball Analytics
    Dave Cameron, Harry Pavlidis, Mike Petriello, Patrick Young, Brian Kenny,
  • Career Panel
    Jeff Bennett, Josh Brickman, Jay Verrill, Matt Winkler, Liz Boardman,
  • The Success of Streaming: The New Media Model
    Melissa Brenner, Kenneth Gersh, Michelle Wilson, Eric Fisher,
  • eSports Emergence
    Christina Alejandre, Neil Duffy, Nathan Lindberg, Mike Rufail, Travis Gafford,
  • Winning with Mental, Psychological and Technical Precision
    Susan Polgar, Paul Truong,
  • Beyond the Seat: Future of the Ticketing Marketplace
    John Abbamondi, Jamie Brandt, Jody Mulkey, Russell Scibetti, Patrick Rishe, Zack Long,
  • Investing in a four-letter word that starts with “D”
    Steve Ziff,
  • Using Analytics to Support the Efficacy of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives
    Jess Berman,
  • Marijuana as Medicine
    Andrew Brandt,
  • The Next Wave of Stadium Technology
    Pete Giorgio,
  • Life of the College Student-Athlete
    Shane Battier, Amy Huchthausen, Marcus Lattimore, Greg McGarity, Laura Marcinek,
  • The Business of College Sports
    Val Ackerman, Dan Gavitt, Marc Jenkins, Jack Swarbrick, Eric Chemi,
  • International Growth: Targeting a Bigger Market
    Steve Pagliuca, David Proper, Mark Tatum, Mark Waller, Chad Millman,
  • Green is Good: The Role of Sustainability in Sports
    Andrew Ference, Susan Groh, Paul Hanlon, Omar Mitchell, Erin Schnieders, Michele Steele,
  • Getting the Scoop
    Nik Bonaddio, Ken Rosenthal, Adam Schefter, Adrian Wojnarowski, Kristie Blasi,
  • Finding A New Home: Sports Teams in Transition
    Brian Byrnes, Kevin Demoff, George McPhee, Peter King,
  • Fan Data Deluge
    John Forese, Jessica Gelman, Michal Lorenc, Jeff Ma, Shira Springer,
  • Business of Sports (Presented by Reebok)
    Maverick Carter, Marie Donoghue, Cole Gahagan, Dawn Hudson, Matt O’Toole, Darren Rovell,
  • The Bigger Picture: Defining League Strategy
    Brian Lafemina, Elizabeth Lindsey, Chris Marinak, Neil Greenberg,
  • Disrupting Sports
    Bob Bowman, Bobby Kotick, Jonathan Kraft, Jason Robins, Abe Madkour,
  • Truths and Myths of the Three Point Revolution in Basketball
    Seth Partnow,
  • Titans of the Sports Industry
    Michael Rubin, Jared Smith, Michael Spillane, Casey Wasserman, Jessica Gelman,
  • Engaging the Modern Fan
    Mike Bernstein, Camila Franco, Sarah Hirshland, Elisa Padilla, Link Simpson, Ben Shields,
  • Investing in the Future of Sports
    Ryan Moore, George Pyne, Matt Saunders, Cole Van Nice, Saj Cherian,
  • Silver Asks Silver
    Adam Silver, Nate Silver,