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Hasselbeck, Pioli and Yu to Join SSAC14!

January 16, 2014

We are pleased to announce three more panelists for the 2014 conference! Matt Hasselbeck is a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Scott Pioli is the former General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs and Vice President of Player Personnel for the New England Patriots. Gideon Yu is President and Co-Owner of the San Francisco 49ers. Read more

Exploring Consistency in Professional Sports: How the NFL’s Parity is Somewhat of a Hoax

January 13, 2014

By Michael Lopez, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biostatistics at Brown University The term parity is familiar to any sports fan. Defined by Google as “the state or condition of being equal,” parity in professional sports implies that the best teams in a league are not substantially better than the worst teams. Prior academic research is… Read more

First Pitch Registration is Open!

December 26, 2013

Registration for our annual First Pitch Case Competition is now open. To be eligible to participate, all team members must hold tickets to the 2014 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Please see the First Pitch Overview page here for more details regarding tentative timeline, eligibility requirements, and how to register. Read more

This Year’s Conference Welcomes Kerr, Stevens and Wilbon!

December 19, 2013

We are thrilled to announce Steve Kerr, Brad Stevens and Michael Wilbon as panelists for the 2014 conference! Steve Kerr is the former General Manager of the Phoenix Suns, five-time NBA champion, and current sports analyst for TNT. Brad Stevens is the current Head Coach of the Boston Celtics. Michael Wilbon is the co-host of Pardon the Interruption… Read more

Swapping David Akers for Phil Dawson: Revisiting Field Goal Kicking in the NFL

December 14, 2013

It truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Decorations are in every store (ok, so that’s not new), you can’t escape hearing songs about Santa, MIT students are all furiously cramming for their finals, and NFL games are taking place in weather like this: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press 1 It’s obvious… Read more