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SSAC’s Commitment to the BIPOC Community

June 10, 2020

A huge reason why we love sports is their ability to bring people together and meritocracy to the playing field. However, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others remind us once again of the divisiveness, inequality, and systemic racism that persist in America. We recognize that sports play an integral… Read more

SSAC20 Day Two Recap

March 10, 2020

DAY 2 RECAP: The 2020 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference has come to a close after two full days of panels and presentations from leaders and innovators in sports and business. We truly appreciate everyone attending, live-streaming, and contributing to the conversation about advancing the use of data and analytics in sports. The day got… Read more

Sports Innovation with No Limits By Brett S. Pollack

February 10, 2020

Analytics has been disrupting sports for many years. In the 1960’s, the Dallas Cowboys employed statistical innovator, A. Salam Qureishi, to rank football players quantitatively to create a competitive advantage and help the Cowboys become “America’s Team.” This story was later the topic of the short film, “The Cowboy and the Indian.” Fast-forward to the… Read more

Insightful Data Empowers Consumers and Improves Modern Sports Coverage – Presented by Sportradar

February 5, 2020

It’s no secret that sports consumption has changed. For years, the qualitative data suggested fans of all US leagues had a growing appetite for the sports, but a dwindling attention span when it comes to viewing habits. The question is – what can leagues and media companies do about it? How can you effectively capture… Read more

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference’s Sports Stories Briefing

January 28, 2020

How we see it…views & opinions from MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference The Growing Field of Soccer Analytics Soccer is a very mature sport: the game has been around for more than a century. As such, innovations are difficult to come by. This is not to say that the sport is completely static. Michels, Cruyff,… Read more