2018 Annual Recap

The 12th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference reached new heights as we welcomed a unique speaker to the conference, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. For some, he may seem like a surprising choice for our keynote speaker. However, “we know he’s a huge sports fan and he’s done a lot on tactical decision-making leveraging analytics,” said Jessica Gelman, the conference’s co-founder.  On February, 23rd-24th, 3,500 attendees traveled to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to join in our love of all things sports, and we continued to “Talk Data to Me” while pushing the boundaries in sports analytics, data, and technology. 

On Friday morning, we kicked off Day 1 with “Serial Entrepreneurs”, featuring Michael Rubin and Ted Leonsis. Hosted by SSAC co-founder, Jessica Gelman, the wide-ranging discussion featured tips on balancing gut vs data and the next major entrepreneurial opportunities in sports. “Top Shelf with Gary Bettmen and Jeff Vinik”, moderated by Elliott Friedman, discussed the re-emergence of the NHL, and extending the rising interest in hockey through innovation, fan engagement in new markets, and community synergy.

A highlight for all attendees was “A Conversation with Barack Obama”. Our 44th U.S. President, and sports fanatic, had a candid conversation with co-founders Jessica Gelman and Daryl Morey. The discussion ranged from his love of sports, how data informed his decision making, lessons learned from this time in the White House, and NBA teams he most respects.

Day 1 wrapped up with “The Right Stuff: Launching a Business in Sports”, featuring Alex Rodriguez, Jason Robins, Maverick Carter, and moderated by Michele Steele. These leading sports entrepreneurs shared the opportunities they see in the sports industries, what motivates them to find new opportunities, and how they grow their ventures to new heights and growth.

Day 2 kept everyone engaged after a jam-packed Day 1. Two of the fan favorite panels were “Just the Facts with Steve Ballmer & Nate Silver” and “Trust the Process”. In “Just the Facts”, moderated by Rachel Nichols, Steve Ballmer and Nate Silver shared perspective on a range of topics including business, government, and basketball, discussing the challenges of using data to push agendas vs creating unbiased, data-driven stories. In “Trust the Process”, moderated by Howard Beck, David Griffin, Sam Hinkie, Steve Pagliuca, Chris Bosh, and Lawrence Frank explored the tradeoffs involved in championship-or-bust approaches, chasing playoff spots and rings, and how organizations balance short-term success with a longer-term vision. They also talked about fan support, free-agent acquisition, establishing a winning culture, and other factors that influence what it means to be successful in the NBA.

The Competitive Advantage talks presented by Wasserman continued to draw crowds, especially “Innovative Analytics Processes and Storytelling in the NFL and NFL Media” by Cynthia Frelund, which was standing room only. Other popular CA talks include “How the Philadelphia 76ers Leverage Analytics to Help Grow and Retain their Season Ticket Base” by Braden Moore, and “Rethinking Suite and Premium Seating Strategy” by Ryan Gustafson. The deep dives on specific industry topics with industry leaders and researchers continue to provide new insights each year. There were also seven workshops with topics ranging from analyzing film study to using R for data visualization. 

As we continue to foster innovation and research at our conference, we held our signature competitions, and added a new one to the roster:

Last, but not least, we partnered with Draft Kings to create the first ever Daily Fantasy Challenge. Graduate students were tasked with creating a presenting new sport concepts to Draft Kings. Dela Gbordzoe and Garrett Schreiber from MIT Sloan took home the top prize.

The Data Visualization Room presented by Fusion Sports, created an interactive hands-on experience for our attendees. Fusion Sports provided presentations and demos focusing on human performance data, and insights from top human performance organizations.

Another well-received first was the introduction of “Listen Live Podcast Center” presented by Bose. This provided sport’s most influential journalists the chance to bring SSAC’s cutting-edge insights to a broader audience through their podcasts. Attendees were also able to stop by the center to listen live to the most insightful discussions and try out the Bose QC 35 headphones II as if they were on a real NFL field during a game.   

Our 12th annual conference concluded with the Alpha Awards. The winners selected by our esteemed panel of experts were 3D Printed Athletics Shoes for Best Sports Innovation, the Rockets trade for Chris Paul for Best Transaction, the Houston Astros for Best Analytics Organization, and John Hollinger VP of Basketball Operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, Lifetime achievement award.

2019

  • The Horizon of Sports is Digital: Using Fantasy Sports, e-Sports and Electronic Gambling to Find Next Generation of Ticket Buyers
    Matt Sabban, Peter Ibarra, Peter Lenz,
  • Leveraging Batter-Pitcher Matchups for Optimal Game Strategy
    Willie Harrison, John Salmon,
  • New Evidence in the Study of Shirking in Major League Baseball
    Richard Paulsen,
  • From Markov models to Poisson point processes: Modeling movement in the NBA
    Jacob Mortensen, Luke Bornn,
  • Playing Fast Not Loose: Evaluating team-level pace of play in ice hockey using spatio-temporal possession data
    David Yu, Christopher Boucher, Luke Bornn, Mehrsan Javan,
  • The Economic Impact of NBA Superstars: Evidence from Missed Games using Ticket Microdata from a Secondary Marketplace
    Scott Kaplan, Vaibhav Ramamoorthy, Cheenar Gupte, Amit Sagar, Deepak Premkumar, Joshua Wilbur, David Zilberman,
  • Data-driven lowlight and highlight reel creation based on explainable temporal game models
    Evin Keane, Phillippe Desaulniers, Luke Bornn, Mehrsan Javan,
  • A Data Driven Goalkeeper Evaluation Framework
    Derrick Yam,
  • The Evolution of Curling Analytics
    Kevin Palmer, Gerry Geurts,
  • Chuckers: Measuring Lineup Shot Distribution Optimality Using Spatial Allocative Efficiency Models
    Nathan Sandholtz, Jacob Mortensen, Luke Bornn,
  • Choke or Shine? Quantifying Soccer Players’ Abilities to Perform Under Mental Pressure
    Lotte Bransen, Pieter Robberechts, Jan Van Haaren, Jesse Davis, Choke or Shine? Quantifying Soccer Players’ Abilities to Perform Under Mental Pressure,
  • Using Deep Learning to Understand Patterns of Player Movement in the NBA
    Akhil Nistala, John Guttag,
  • DeepQB: Deep Learning with Player Tracking to Quantify Quarterback Decision-Making & Performance
    Brian Burke,
  • Decomposing the Immeasurable Sport: A deep learning expected possession value framework for soccer
    Javier Fernandez, Luke Bornn, Dan Cervone,
  • Winning Isn’t Everything – A contextual analysis of hockey face-offs
    Nick Czuzoj-Shulman, David Yu, Christopher Boucher, Luke Bornn, Mehrsan Javan,
  • Predicting Major League Baseball Strikeout Rates from Differences in Velocity and Movement Among Player Pitch Types
    Eric P. Martin,
  • Training Schedule Confounds the Relationship between Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio and Injury
    Luke Bornn, Patrick Ward, Darcy Norman,
  • How Much Do Coaches Matter?
    Christopher Berry, Anthony Fowler,
  • Analytics for the Front Office: Valuing Protections on NBA Draft Picks
    Benjamin T. Foster, Michael D. Binns,
  • Competitive Advantage

  • How the Philadelphia 76ers Leverage Analytics to Help Grow and Retain their Season Ticket Base (Presented by KAGR)
    Braden Moore,
  • No Stone Unturned: Keeping up with the state of the art in the public domain
    Eric Tulsky,
  • From Stats to Strokes Gained: The Evolution of Golf Analytics
    Peter Sanders,
  • Leveraging Machine Learning and Pitchf/x Data to Illuminate the Impact of Pitch Framing (Presented by DataRobot)
    Andrew Engel,
  • Machine Learning in Injury and Performance Analytics (Presented by Kitman Labs)
    Stephen Smith,
  • Moneyball Plus. Predicting Player Performance Using Psychological Assessments: A Comparison Across the Major Sports
    Ken Yusko,
  • Swimming Canada’s Revival…Through a Targeted Investment Approach Underpinned by Analytics
    John Atkinson,
  • The Elam Ending: Examining the Necessity and Soundness of Eliminating the Game Clock from the Final Portion of Every Basketball Game
    Nick Elam,
  • FC Barcelona: Pioneering a New Field of Analytics
    Raúl Peláez Blanco,
  • Bringing Basketball Analytics to the Women’s Game
    Aaron Barzilai,
  • Have Your Cake & Eat It Too: Maximizing Revenue and Retention in College Football (Presented by KAGR)
    Payton Phillips,
  • Making Miracle Content
    Bryan Harper,
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
    Fergus Connolly,
  • The Secret to Outperformance (Presented by BCG Henderson Institute)
    Peter Tollman,
  • Formula 1 and the True Value of Sponsorship
    Max Metral,
  • How NFL Clubs Reach Target Audiences Through Content-First Campaigns
    Alissa Lieppman,
  • Rethinking Suite and Premium Seating Strategy
    Ryan Gustafson,
  • Driving Growth Through Audience Understanding (Presented by Wasserman)
    Shelley Pisarra, Thomas Mathew,
  • Help Them Feel Heard: Creative Approaches to Fan Engagement and Experience
    Jonny Sun,
  • Life Behind the Curtain: An Inside Look at Working in an NFL Front Office
    Andrew Brandt,
  • The Currency of the NFL: Winning (Presented by EdjSports)
    Frank Frigo, Tony DeFeo,
  • Live Sports Viewers: Personalized Experiences, Advertising Trends, and Device Preferences (Presented by Adobe)
    Michael Goldstein,
  • Monetize and Measure Social Media Assets (Presented by Kore software)
    Adam Grow, Erin Prober,
  • Dreams Never Die
    CJ Anderson,
  • Sleep Science – Hacking Your Biological Clock to Win
    Meeta Singh, MD,
  • Using Wearable Technology to Refine the Return-To-Play Process in the NBA
    Dr. David Martin,
  • The Physiologic Doldrums: Using Lab Science and Field Analytics to Maximize Performance
    Dr. Aaron Baggish,
  • Innovative Analytics Processes and Storytelling in the NFL and NFL Media
    Cynthia Frelund,
  • Preparing for the Game: Optimizing Player Performance (Presented by Catapult)
    Chris Morris,
  • Sports Sponsorship vs. the Data Cartels: An Open Network for Competitive Advantage
    Justin Watkins,
  • Innovating With Live Data In Sports (Presented by SAP)
    Mark Lehew, Scott MacIntosh,
  • The “All In” Bet: How Soon Can an AI Bot Become the Next World Series of Poker Champion?
    Nikolai Yakovenko,
  • AIS – Implementing a Nationwide Data Management and Analytics Platform (Presented by Fusion Sport)
    Todd Ryall, Ian Morrow,
  • Panels

  • Major League Data on the Pitch: The Evolution of Analytics in MLS
    Devin Pleuler, Jeff Agoos, Luke Bornn, Ravi Ramineni, Angus McNab,
  • Esports Analytics: Searching for Faker
    Jeremy Lin, Sebastian Park, Brett Lautenbach, Ryan Edens, Tim Sevenhuysen, Saira Mueller,
  • Put a Ring on It: Building a Champion
    Bill James, Nick Caserio, Sue Bird, Chris Bosh, Mitch Kupchak, Jackie MacMullan,
  • Risky Business: Sports Science and Injury Prevention (Presented by Catapult)
    Brian Kopp, Joe Rogowski, Ricardo Lockette, R. Shane Tubbs, Mark McClusky,
  • Ticketing Analytics: Data & Digital Create a New Order
    Kurt Schwartzkopf, Tim Zue, Patrick Ryan, Russell Scibetti, Eric Chemi,
  • Nothing But Net (Present Value): Investing and Innovation in Sports
    Jonathan Kraft, Gerry Cardinale, Josh Harris, Wyc Grousbeck, Saj Cherian,
  • Athletes and Activism
    Andrew Hawkins, Dana Harrell, Brendan Tuohey, Shira Springer,
  • Numbers Focused League: Football Analytics
    Sandy Weil, Kevin Demoff, Sean Jones, Tedy Bruschi, Dave Anderson, Mina Kimes,
  • Careers in Sports Analytics
    Kristen Mackie, Kristie Blasi, Jay Verrill, Jason Rosenfeld, Liz Boardman,
  • Playing for the Players: The Future of Player Advocacy
    Don Fehr, Michele Roberts, Domonique Foxworth, Jim Tanner, Deepak Malhotra,
  • The Beautiful Game’s Global Reach
    Jim Pallotta, Javier Sobrino, Charlie Stillitano, Kasey Keller, Grant Wahl,
  • Trust the Process? Team Building and Rebuilding in the NBA
    Sam Hinkie, Steve Pagliuca, David Griffin, Chris Bosh, Lawrence Frank, Howard Beck,
  • Top Shelf with Gary Bettman and Jeff Vinik
    Gary Bettman, Jeff Vinik, Eliotte Friedman,
  • Technology for a New Edge
    Chris Capuano, Terry Myerson, CJ Anderson, Adir Shiffman, Tom Taylor,
  • Driving Business Decisions with Sports Analytics (Presented by ESPN)
    Doris Daif, Paul Sabin, Vikram Somaya, Seth Walder,
  • Serial Entrepreneurs: Building Winning Businesses in Tech and Sports with Ted Leonsis and Michael Rubin
    Ted Leonsis, Michael Rubin, Jessica Gelman,
  • Downstream: Future of OTT in Sports
    Laura Froelich, Ed Desser, Burke Magnus, John Ourand,
  • Is AI the Answer?
    Martin Reeves, Patrick Lucey, Benjamin Alamar, Sam Hinkie, Paul Michelman,
  • What Sports Can Learn from Other Industries
    Corbin Petro, Amy Howe, Justin Pinchback, Matthew Fields, Shira Springer,
  • Draft Day Analytics
    Jonathan Givony, Austin Ainge, Gersson Rosas, Cristina Daglas,
  • Up Close and Personal: Social Media and the Modern Athlete
    Jalen Rose, Jeremy Lin, Sue Bird, Jason Concepcion, Paul Rabil, Katie Nolan,
  • Hockey Analytics on the Fly (Presented by SPORTLOGiQ)
    Dan Bylsma, John Chayka, Chris Snow, Christopher Boucher, Alison Lukan,
  • A Conversation with Barack Obama
    Barack Obama, Jessica Gelman, Daryl Morey,
  • Logos, Pathos, and Ethos: Sponsorship Analytics (Presented by Hookit)
    Scott Tilton, Elizabeth Lindsey, Pat LaCroix, Sam Kennedy, Cole Gahagan,
  • Esports Ownership: A New Challenger Approaches
    Kirk Lacob, Carlos Rodriguez, Jennifer Ferron, Ryan Garfat,
  • Inventing Modern Basketball
    Steve Nash, Daryl Morey, Shane Battier, Jack McCallum,
  • Business Analytics 2.0: Redefining the Sports Business
    Jessica Gelman, Brian Lafemina, Charles Freeman, John Forese, Ben Shields,
  • Take that for Data: Basketball Analytics
    Daryl Morey, Zach Lowe, Mike Zarren, Jalen Rose, Nick Wright,
  • How Legal Gambling Changes Sports: Contemplating a post-Christie v. NCAA World
    Jeff Ma, Dr. Laila Mintas, Ph.D., Ted Olson, Dan Wallach, Chad Millman,
  • On Deck with Rob Manfred
    Rob Manfred, Karl Ravech,
  • The Right Stuff: Launching a Business in Sports
    Alex Rodriguez, Maverick Carter, Jason Robins, Michele Steele, Nate Silver,
  • Just the Facts: A Conversation with Steve Ballmer and Nate Silver
    Steve Ballmer, Nate Silver, Rachel Nichols,
  • Creating a New Stat
    John Hollinger, Brian Burke, Voros McCracken, Keith Woolner, Neil Greenberg,
  • Next Frontier in Baseball Analytics
    Patrick Young, Brandon Taubman, Jerry Dipoto, Dusty Baker, Brian Kenny,
  • Nuts and Bolts of Acquiring a Franchise
    George Postolos, Joseph McNulty, Rafael Stone, Michele Steele,
  • The Evolution of Sports Business
    Tod Leiweke, John Collins, Kim Pegula, Scott O’Neil, Katrina Adams, Abe Madkour,
  • Digital Disruption: Strategies to Reach the Modern Fan
    Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Greg Economou, Phong Le, Stephen McArdle, Marie Donoghue,
  • NBA 2.0: New Rules to Transform the Game
    Mike Zarren, Ben Falk, Evan Wasch, Rafael Stone, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Research Paper Posters

  • The Horizon of Sports is Digital: Using Fantasy Sports, e-Sports and Electronic Gambling to Find Next Generation of Ticket Buyers
    Matt Sabban, Peter Ibarra, Peter Lenz,
  • Leveraging Batter-Pitcher Matchups for Optimal Game Strategy
    Willie Harrison, John Salmon,
  • New Evidence in the Study of Shirking in Major League Baseball
    Richard Paulsen,
  • From Markov models to Poisson point processes: Modeling movement in the NBA
    Jacob Mortensen, Luke Bornn,
  • Playing Fast Not Loose: Evaluating team-level pace of play in ice hockey using spatio-temporal possession data
    David Yu, Christopher Boucher, Luke Bornn, Mehrsan Javan,
  • The Economic Impact of NBA Superstars: Evidence from Missed Games using Ticket Microdata from a Secondary Marketplace
    Scott Kaplan, Vaibhav Ramamoorthy, Cheenar Gupte, Amit Sagar, Deepak Premkumar, Joshua Wilbur, David Zilberman,
  • Data-driven lowlight and highlight reel creation based on explainable temporal game models
    Evin Keane, Phillippe Desaulniers, Luke Bornn, Mehrsan Javan,
  • A Data Driven Goalkeeper Evaluation Framework
    Derrick Yam,
  • The Evolution of Curling Analytics
    Kevin Palmer, Gerry Geurts,
  • Chuckers: Measuring Lineup Shot Distribution Optimality Using Spatial Allocative Efficiency Models
    Nathan Sandholtz, Jacob Mortensen, Luke Bornn,
  • Choke or Shine? Quantifying Soccer Players’ Abilities to Perform Under Mental Pressure
    Lotte Bransen, Pieter Robberechts, Jan Van Haaren, Jesse Davis, Choke or Shine? Quantifying Soccer Players’ Abilities to Perform Under Mental Pressure,
  • Video

  • Ticket Sales Analytics
  • Football Analytics
  • Basketball Analytics
  • Game of Zones Open & Welcome Remarks
  • How the Philadelphia 76ers Leverage Analytics to Help Grow and Retain their Season Ticket Base (Presented by KAGR)
    Braden Moore,
  • No Stone Unturned: Keeping up with the state of the art in the public domain
    Eric Tulsky,
  • From Stats to Strokes Gained: The Evolution of Golf Analytics
    Peter Sanders,
  • Leveraging Machine Learning and Pitchf/x Data to Illuminate the Impact of Pitch Framing (Presented by DataRobot)
    Andrew Engel,
  • Machine Learning in Injury and Performance Analytics (Presented by Kitman Labs)
    Stephen Smith,
  • Moneyball Plus. Predicting Player Performance Using Psychological Assessments: A Comparison Across the Major Sports
    Ken Yusko,
  • Swimming Canada’s Revival…Through a Targeted Investment Approach Underpinned by Analytics
    John Atkinson,
  • The Elam Ending: Examining the Necessity and Soundness of Eliminating the Game Clock from the Final Portion of Every Basketball Game
    Nick Elam,
  • FC Barcelona: Pioneering a New Field of Analytics
    Raúl Peláez Blanco,
  • Bringing Basketball Analytics to the Women’s Game
    Aaron Barzilai,
  • Have Your Cake & Eat It Too: Maximizing Revenue and Retention in College Football (Presented by KAGR)
    Payton Phillips,
  • Making Miracle Content
    Bryan Harper,
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
    Fergus Connolly,
  • The Secret to Outperformance (Presented by BCG Henderson Institute)
    Peter Tollman,
  • Formula 1 and the True Value of Sponsorship
    Max Metral,
  • How NFL Clubs Reach Target Audiences Through Content-First Campaigns
    Alissa Lieppman,
  • Rethinking Suite and Premium Seating Strategy
    Ryan Gustafson,
  • Driving Growth Through Audience Understanding (Presented by Wasserman)
    Shelley Pisarra, Thomas Mathew,
  • Help Them Feel Heard: Creative Approaches to Fan Engagement and Experience
    Jonny Sun,
  • Life Behind the Curtain: An Inside Look at Working in an NFL Front Office
    Andrew Brandt,
  • The Currency of the NFL: Winning (Presented by EdjSports)
    Frank Frigo, Tony DeFeo,
  • Live Sports Viewers: Personalized Experiences, Advertising Trends, and Device Preferences (Presented by Adobe)
    Michael Goldstein,
  • Monetize and Measure Social Media Assets (Presented by Kore software)
    Adam Grow, Erin Prober,
  • Dreams Never Die
    CJ Anderson,
  • Sleep Science – Hacking Your Biological Clock to Win
    Meeta Singh, MD,
  • Using Wearable Technology to Refine the Return-To-Play Process in the NBA
    Dr. David Martin,
  • The Physiologic Doldrums: Using Lab Science and Field Analytics to Maximize Performance
    Dr. Aaron Baggish,
  • Innovative Analytics Processes and Storytelling in the NFL and NFL Media
    Cynthia Frelund,
  • Preparing for the Game: Optimizing Player Performance (Presented by Catapult)
    Chris Morris,
  • Sports Sponsorship vs. the Data Cartels: An Open Network for Competitive Advantage
    Justin Watkins,
  • Innovating With Live Data In Sports (Presented by SAP)
    Mark Lehew, Scott MacIntosh,
  • The “All In” Bet: How Soon Can an AI Bot Become the Next World Series of Poker Champion?
    Nikolai Yakovenko,
  • AIS – Implementing a Nationwide Data Management and Analytics Platform (Presented by Fusion Sport)
    Todd Ryall, Ian Morrow,
  • Esports Analytics: Searching for Faker
    Jeremy Lin, Sebastian Park, Brett Lautenbach, Ryan Edens, Tim Sevenhuysen, Saira Mueller,
  • Put a Ring on It: Building a Champion
    Bill James, Nick Caserio, Sue Bird, Chris Bosh, Mitch Kupchak, Jackie MacMullan,
  • Risky Business: Sports Science and Injury Prevention (Presented by Catapult)
    Brian Kopp, Joe Rogowski, Ricardo Lockette, R. Shane Tubbs, Mark McClusky,
  • Ticketing Analytics: Data & Digital Create a New Order
    Kurt Schwartzkopf, Tim Zue, Patrick Ryan, Russell Scibetti, Eric Chemi,
  • Nothing But Net (Present Value): Investing and Innovation in Sports
    Jonathan Kraft, Gerry Cardinale, Josh Harris, Wyc Grousbeck, Saj Cherian,
  • Athletes and Activism
    Andrew Hawkins, Dana Harrell, Brendan Tuohey, Shira Springer,
  • Numbers Focused League: Football Analytics
    Sandy Weil, Kevin Demoff, Sean Jones, Tedy Bruschi, Dave Anderson, Mina Kimes,
  • Playing for the Players: The Future of Player Advocacy
    Don Fehr, Michele Roberts, Domonique Foxworth, Jim Tanner, Deepak Malhotra,
  • The Beautiful Game’s Global Reach
    Jim Pallotta, Javier Sobrino, Charlie Stillitano, Kasey Keller, Grant Wahl,
  • Trust the Process? Team Building and Rebuilding in the NBA
    Sam Hinkie, Steve Pagliuca, David Griffin, Chris Bosh, Lawrence Frank, Howard Beck,
  • Top Shelf with Gary Bettman and Jeff Vinik
    Gary Bettman, Jeff Vinik, Eliotte Friedman,
  • Technology for a New Edge
    Chris Capuano, Terry Myerson, CJ Anderson, Adir Shiffman, Tom Taylor,
  • Driving Business Decisions with Sports Analytics (Presented by ESPN)
    Doris Daif, Paul Sabin, Vikram Somaya, Seth Walder,
  • Serial Entrepreneurs: Building Winning Businesses in Tech and Sports with Ted Leonsis and Michael Rubin
    Ted Leonsis, Michael Rubin, Jessica Gelman,
  • Downstream: Future of OTT in Sports
    Laura Froelich, Ed Desser, Burke Magnus, John Ourand,
  • Is AI the Answer?
    Martin Reeves, Patrick Lucey, Benjamin Alamar, Sam Hinkie, Paul Michelman,
  • What Sports Can Learn from Other Industries
    Corbin Petro, Amy Howe, Justin Pinchback, Matthew Fields, Shira Springer,
  • Draft Day Analytics
    Jonathan Givony, Austin Ainge, Gersson Rosas, Cristina Daglas,
  • Up Close and Personal: Social Media and the Modern Athlete
    Jalen Rose, Jeremy Lin, Sue Bird, Jason Concepcion, Paul Rabil, Katie Nolan,
  • Hockey Analytics on the Fly (Presented by SPORTLOGiQ)
    Dan Bylsma, John Chayka, Chris Snow, Christopher Boucher, Alison Lukan,
  • Logos, Pathos, and Ethos: Sponsorship Analytics (Presented by Hookit)
    Scott Tilton, Elizabeth Lindsey, Pat LaCroix, Sam Kennedy, Cole Gahagan,
  • Esports Ownership: A New Challenger Approaches
    Kirk Lacob, Carlos Rodriguez, Jennifer Ferron, Ryan Garfat,
  • Inventing Modern Basketball
    Steve Nash, Daryl Morey, Shane Battier, Jack McCallum,
  • Business Analytics 2.0: Redefining the Sports Business
    Jessica Gelman, Brian Lafemina, Charles Freeman, John Forese, Ben Shields,
  • Take that for Data: Basketball Analytics
    Daryl Morey, Zach Lowe, Mike Zarren, Jalen Rose, Nick Wright,
  • How Legal Gambling Changes Sports: Contemplating a post-Christie v. NCAA World
    Jeff Ma, Dr. Laila Mintas, Ph.D., Ted Olson, Dan Wallach, Chad Millman,
  • On Deck with Rob Manfred
    Rob Manfred, Karl Ravech,
  • The Right Stuff: Launching a Business in Sports
    Alex Rodriguez, Maverick Carter, Jason Robins, Michele Steele, Nate Silver,
  • Just the Facts: A Conversation with Steve Ballmer and Nate Silver
    Steve Ballmer, Nate Silver, Rachel Nichols,
  • Creating a New Stat
    John Hollinger, Brian Burke, Voros McCracken, Keith Woolner, Neil Greenberg,
  • Next Frontier in Baseball Analytics
    Patrick Young, Brandon Taubman, Jerry Dipoto, Dusty Baker, Brian Kenny,
  • Nuts and Bolts of Acquiring a Franchise
    George Postolos, Joseph McNulty, Rafael Stone, Michele Steele,
  • The Evolution of Sports Business
    Tod Leiweke, John Collins, Kim Pegula, Scott O’Neil, Katrina Adams, Abe Madkour,
  • Digital Disruption: Strategies to Reach the Modern Fan
    Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Greg Economou, Phong Le, Stephen McArdle, Marie Donoghue,
  • NBA 2.0: New Rules to Transform the Game
    Mike Zarren, Ben Falk, Evan Wasch, Rafael Stone, Kevin Arnovitz,
  • Conference Year

  • The Horizon of Sports is Digital: Using Fantasy Sports, e-Sports and Electronic Gambling to Find Next Generation of Ticket Buyers
    Matt Sabban, Peter Ibarra, Peter Lenz,
  • Leveraging Batter-Pitcher Matchups for Optimal Game Strategy
    Willie Harrison, John Salmon,
  • New Evidence in the Study of Shirking in Major League Baseball
    Richard Paulsen,
  • From Markov models to Poisson point processes: Modeling movement in the NBA
    Jacob Mortensen, Luke Bornn,
  • Playing Fast Not Loose: Evaluating team-level pace of play in ice hockey using spatio-temporal possession data
    David Yu, Christopher Boucher, Luke Bornn, Mehrsan Javan,
  • The Economic Impact of NBA Superstars: Evidence from Missed Games using Ticket Microdata from a Secondary Marketplace
    Scott Kaplan, Vaibhav Ramamoorthy, Cheenar Gupte, Amit Sagar, Deepak Premkumar, Joshua Wilbur, David Zilberman,
  • Data-driven lowlight and highlight reel creation based on explainable temporal game models
    Evin Keane, Phillippe Desaulniers, Luke Bornn, Mehrsan Javan,
  • A Data Driven Goalkeeper Evaluation Framework
    Derrick Yam,
  • The Evolution of Curling Analytics
    Kevin Palmer, Gerry Geurts,
  • Chuckers: Measuring Lineup Shot Distribution Optimality Using Spatial Allocative Efficiency Models
    Nathan Sandholtz, Jacob Mortensen, Luke Bornn,
  • Choke or Shine? Quantifying Soccer Players’ Abilities to Perform Under Mental Pressure
    Lotte Bransen, Pieter Robberechts, Jan Van Haaren, Jesse Davis, Choke or Shine? Quantifying Soccer Players’ Abilities to Perform Under Mental Pressure,
  • Using Deep Learning to Understand Patterns of Player Movement in the NBA
    Akhil Nistala, John Guttag,
  • DeepQB: Deep Learning with Player Tracking to Quantify Quarterback Decision-Making & Performance
    Brian Burke,
  • Decomposing the Immeasurable Sport: A deep learning expected possession value framework for soccer
    Javier Fernandez, Luke Bornn, Dan Cervone,
  • Winning Isn’t Everything – A contextual analysis of hockey face-offs
    Nick Czuzoj-Shulman, David Yu, Christopher Boucher, Luke Bornn, Mehrsan Javan,
  • Predicting Major League Baseball Strikeout Rates from Differences in Velocity and Movement Among Player Pitch Types
    Eric P. Martin,
  • Training Schedule Confounds the Relationship between Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio and Injury
    Luke Bornn, Patrick Ward, Darcy Norman,
  • How Much Do Coaches Matter?
    Christopher Berry, Anthony Fowler,
  • Analytics for the Front Office: Valuing Protections on NBA Draft Picks
    Benjamin T. Foster, Michael D. Binns,
  • Ticket Sales Analytics
  • Football Analytics
  • Basketball Analytics
  • Game of Zones Open & Welcome Remarks
  • Major League Data on the Pitch: The Evolution of Analytics in MLS
    Devin Pleuler, Jeff Agoos, Luke Bornn, Ravi Ramineni, Angus McNab,
  • Esports: Beyond the Pros
    Shi Deng,
  • SSAC Esports Showcase: NBA LCS Celebrity Match
    Ryan Edens, Kirk Lacob, Jeremy Lin, Sebastian Park,
  • Charles River Legends Showdown
  • Winning in sports with data and machine learning
    Kostas Pelechrinis,
  • R For Data Visualization
    Asmae Toumi,
  • Optimization with JUMP in JULIA
    Sebastien Martin,
  • Talk Data to your Organization
    Ben Shields,
  • Using D3 Analytics to Visualize Sports Data for Coaching Insights (presented by Fusion Sport)
    Markus Deutsch, Tom Crameri,
  • Breaking down the tape
    Charles McDonald,
  • Rest API And JSON Graphing
    Jason Roman,
  • 2018 Startup Competition: Technology Services Track
  • 2018 Startup Competition: Performance Devices Track
  • How the Philadelphia 76ers Leverage Analytics to Help Grow and Retain their Season Ticket Base (Presented by KAGR)
    Braden Moore,
  • No Stone Unturned: Keeping up with the state of the art in the public domain
    Eric Tulsky,
  • From Stats to Strokes Gained: The Evolution of Golf Analytics
    Peter Sanders,
  • Leveraging Machine Learning and Pitchf/x Data to Illuminate the Impact of Pitch Framing (Presented by DataRobot)
    Andrew Engel,
  • Machine Learning in Injury and Performance Analytics (Presented by Kitman Labs)
    Stephen Smith,
  • Moneyball Plus. Predicting Player Performance Using Psychological Assessments: A Comparison Across the Major Sports
    Ken Yusko,
  • Swimming Canada’s Revival…Through a Targeted Investment Approach Underpinned by Analytics
    John Atkinson,
  • The Elam Ending: Examining the Necessity and Soundness of Eliminating the Game Clock from the Final Portion of Every Basketball Game
    Nick Elam,
  • FC Barcelona: Pioneering a New Field of Analytics
    Raúl Peláez Blanco,
  • Bringing Basketball Analytics to the Women’s Game
    Aaron Barzilai,
  • Have Your Cake & Eat It Too: Maximizing Revenue and Retention in College Football (Presented by KAGR)
    Payton Phillips,
  • Making Miracle Content
    Bryan Harper,
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
    Fergus Connolly,
  • The Secret to Outperformance (Presented by BCG Henderson Institute)
    Peter Tollman,
  • Formula 1 and the True Value of Sponsorship
    Max Metral,
  • How NFL Clubs Reach Target Audiences Through Content-First Campaigns
    Alissa Lieppman,
  • Rethinking Suite and Premium Seating Strategy
    Ryan Gustafson,
  • Driving Growth Through Audience Understanding (Presented by Wasserman)
    Shelley Pisarra, Thomas Mathew,
  • Help Them Feel Heard: Creative Approaches to Fan Engagement and Experience
    Jonny Sun,
  • Life Behind the Curtain: An Inside Look at Working in an NFL Front Office
    Andrew Brandt,
  • The Currency of the NFL: Winning (Presented by EdjSports)
    Frank Frigo, Tony DeFeo,
  • Live Sports Viewers: Personalized Experiences, Advertising Trends, and Device Preferences (Presented by Adobe)
    Michael Goldstein,
  • Monetize and Measure Social Media Assets (Presented by Kore software)
    Adam Grow, Erin Prober,
  • Dreams Never Die
    CJ Anderson,
  • Sleep Science – Hacking Your Biological Clock to Win
    Meeta Singh, MD,
  • Using Wearable Technology to Refine the Return-To-Play Process in the NBA
    Dr. David Martin,
  • The Physiologic Doldrums: Using Lab Science and Field Analytics to Maximize Performance
    Dr. Aaron Baggish,
  • Innovative Analytics Processes and Storytelling in the NFL and NFL Media
    Cynthia Frelund,
  • Preparing for the Game: Optimizing Player Performance (Presented by Catapult)
    Chris Morris,
  • Sports Sponsorship vs. the Data Cartels: An Open Network for Competitive Advantage
    Justin Watkins,
  • Innovating With Live Data In Sports (Presented by SAP)
    Mark Lehew, Scott MacIntosh,
  • The “All In” Bet: How Soon Can an AI Bot Become the Next World Series of Poker Champion?
    Nikolai Yakovenko,
  • AIS – Implementing a Nationwide Data Management and Analytics Platform (Presented by Fusion Sport)
    Todd Ryall, Ian Morrow,
  • Esports Analytics: Searching for Faker
    Jeremy Lin, Sebastian Park, Brett Lautenbach, Ryan Edens, Tim Sevenhuysen, Saira Mueller,
  • Put a Ring on It: Building a Champion
    Bill James, Nick Caserio, Sue Bird, Chris Bosh, Mitch Kupchak, Jackie MacMullan,
  • Risky Business: Sports Science and Injury Prevention (Presented by Catapult)
    Brian Kopp, Joe Rogowski, Ricardo Lockette, R. Shane Tubbs, Mark McClusky,
  • Ticketing Analytics: Data & Digital Create a New Order
    Kurt Schwartzkopf, Tim Zue, Patrick Ryan, Russell Scibetti, Eric Chemi,
  • Nothing But Net (Present Value): Investing and Innovation in Sports
    Jonathan Kraft, Gerry Cardinale, Josh Harris, Wyc Grousbeck, Saj Cherian,
  • Athletes and Activism
    Andrew Hawkins, Dana Harrell, Brendan Tuohey, Shira Springer,
  • Numbers Focused League: Football Analytics
    Sandy Weil, Kevin Demoff, Sean Jones, Tedy Bruschi, Dave Anderson, Mina Kimes,
  • Careers in Sports Analytics
    Kristen Mackie, Kristie Blasi, Jay Verrill, Jason Rosenfeld, Liz Boardman,
  • Playing for the Players: The Future of Player Advocacy
    Don Fehr, Michele Roberts, Domonique Foxworth, Jim Tanner, Deepak Malhotra,
  • The Beautiful Game’s Global Reach
    Jim Pallotta, Javier Sobrino, Charlie Stillitano, Kasey Keller, Grant Wahl,
  • Trust the Process? Team Building and Rebuilding in the NBA
    Sam Hinkie, Steve Pagliuca, David Griffin, Chris Bosh, Lawrence Frank, Howard Beck,
  • Top Shelf with Gary Bettman and Jeff Vinik
    Gary Bettman, Jeff Vinik, Eliotte Friedman,
  • Technology for a New Edge
    Chris Capuano, Terry Myerson, CJ Anderson, Adir Shiffman, Tom Taylor,
  • Driving Business Decisions with Sports Analytics (Presented by ESPN)
    Doris Daif, Paul Sabin, Vikram Somaya, Seth Walder,
  • Serial Entrepreneurs: Building Winning Businesses in Tech and Sports with Ted Leonsis and Michael Rubin
    Ted Leonsis, Michael Rubin, Jessica Gelman,
  • Downstream: Future of OTT in Sports
    Laura Froelich, Ed Desser, Burke Magnus, John Ourand,
  • Is AI the Answer?
    Martin Reeves, Patrick Lucey, Benjamin Alamar, Sam Hinkie, Paul Michelman,
  • What Sports Can Learn from Other Industries
    Corbin Petro, Amy Howe, Justin Pinchback, Matthew Fields, Shira Springer,
  • Draft Day Analytics
    Jonathan Givony, Austin Ainge, Gersson Rosas, Cristina Daglas,
  • Up Close and Personal: Social Media and the Modern Athlete
    Jalen Rose, Jeremy Lin, Sue Bird, Jason Concepcion, Paul Rabil, Katie Nolan,
  • Hockey Analytics on the Fly (Presented by SPORTLOGiQ)
    Dan Bylsma, John Chayka, Chris Snow, Christopher Boucher, Alison Lukan,
  • A Conversation with Barack Obama
    Barack Obama, Jessica Gelman, Daryl Morey,
  • Logos, Pathos, and Ethos: Sponsorship Analytics (Presented by Hookit)
    Scott Tilton, Elizabeth Lindsey, Pat LaCroix, Sam Kennedy, Cole Gahagan,
  • Esports Ownership: A New Challenger Approaches
    Kirk Lacob, Carlos Rodriguez, Jennifer Ferron, Ryan Garfat,
  • Inventing Modern Basketball
    Steve Nash, Daryl Morey, Shane Battier, Jack McCallum,
  • Business Analytics 2.0: Redefining the Sports Business
    Jessica Gelman, Brian Lafemina, Charles Freeman, John Forese, Ben Shields,
  • Take that for Data: Basketball Analytics
    Daryl Morey, Zach Lowe, Mike Zarren, Jalen Rose, Nick Wright,
  • How Legal Gambling Changes Sports: Contemplating a post-Christie v. NCAA World
    Jeff Ma, Dr. Laila Mintas, Ph.D., Ted Olson, Dan Wallach, Chad Millman,
  • On Deck with Rob Manfred
    Rob Manfred, Karl Ravech,
  • The Right Stuff: Launching a Business in Sports
    Alex Rodriguez, Maverick Carter, Jason Robins, Michele Steele, Nate Silver,
  • Just the Facts: A Conversation with Steve Ballmer and Nate Silver
    Steve Ballmer, Nate Silver, Rachel Nichols,
  • Creating a New Stat
    John Hollinger, Brian Burke, Voros McCracken, Keith Woolner, Neil Greenberg,
  • Next Frontier in Baseball Analytics
    Patrick Young, Brandon Taubman, Jerry Dipoto, Dusty Baker, Brian Kenny,
  • Nuts and Bolts of Acquiring a Franchise
    George Postolos, Joseph McNulty, Rafael Stone, Michele Steele,
  • The Evolution of Sports Business
    Tod Leiweke, John Collins, Kim Pegula, Scott O’Neil, Katrina Adams, Abe Madkour,
  • Digital Disruption: Strategies to Reach the Modern Fan
    Carlie Irsay-Gordon, Greg Economou, Phong Le, Stephen McArdle, Marie Donoghue,
  • NBA 2.0: New Rules to Transform the Game
    Mike Zarren, Ben Falk, Evan Wasch, Rafael Stone, Kevin Arnovitz,