A recap of day 1, our best panelist highlights, and a preview of day 2
Our final roundup of sports headlines for the SSAC21 conference season.
March Madness, Non-Fungible Tokens, Preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. Check out the biggest sports headlines in March
February has been a busy month for sports. Check out what we’ve been reading this month
To kick the new year off, we’re bringing back the tradition of sharing our favorite storylines from the sports industry. Here is what we’ve been reading this month
We are excited to announce our new podcast series, Trash Talking presented by Oracle. The team has been talking about doing a podcast for years and sees this platform as a great opportunity to extend the learning capabilities on analytics.
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.
In recent years, ESPN has had an increasing role in the discussion surrounding sports analytics, specifically dominating the conversation at the industry-leading MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) in Boston.
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.
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.”
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.
Soccer is a very mature sport: the game has been around for more than a century.
Two years ago, the hardcore NBA fan had heard of Luka Doncic and was aware of his impressive track record.
There’s something odd and unsettling about watching a basketball game from three years ago as it demonstrates how much the game has changed in just a short amount of time. Even in relatively mature entertainment mediums such as movies, a few years makes a huge difference as seen by the 2002 Spiderman movie action scenes which feel like watching a cartoon with weird 3D animation effects.
After an incredible weekend, SSAC19 has come to a close. From high profile panels throughout the conference featuring speakers including Adam Silver, Jimmy Pitaro, Meek Mill, Mike Leach, and many others, to more niche events like Curling and Chess, there was a lot to see and do. Thank you for joining us (despite the snow!) and for your support.
Today, we started off #SSAC19 with a packed schedule of events! Conference Co-Chairs Jessica Gelman and Daryl Morey, along with Co-Leads Cory Brumbergs and Yesseña Brown, kicked off the days events by greeting attendees and emphasizing the new and exciting aspects of Dorkapalooza 2019.