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.
Can’t make this year’s conference? Follow along with our live stream here! Streaming will kick off at approximately 8:25 a.m. EST Friday and 8:55 a.m. EST Saturday. Don’t miss out.
With a little over a week removed from Super Bowl LIII, the knee-jerk reactions are out of the way and we can now say with certainty that this was indeed not the most entertaining championship game in recent memory. New England fans won, and the neutral fans lost. As for LA fans…well, at least they have some nice weather to enjoy. It wasn’t the Rams’ best showing, but, hey, they shouldn’t be down for too long after such a successful 2018 campaign.
The 44.9 overnight rating from this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots was the lowest we’ve seen in 10 years. A variety of factors could be contributing to this including an increasing number of online viewers, Patriots fatigue, or an immature Los Angeles football market. Notably, a boycott from New Orleans Saints fans stemming from a controversial no-call in the NFC Championship Game led to the lowest New Orleans SB rating ever, and the lowest of any local market this year.
We know we are only a month into the new year, but 2019 is already delivering some exciting sports stories. From an athlete with too many talents to an NFL referee stealing the spotlight during the playoffs, here are five headlines worth knowing now.
Without fail, the turn of the New Year always guarantees two things – ill-fated resolutions and high-level football. 2019 has proven to be no different, with the NFL playoffs in full swing and the Clemson Tigers claiming their 3rd national championship in impressive fashion. Here are some of the major on and off-field stories that we had our eye on during football season.
I met Eventellect through participating in the First Pitch competition in 2018 as they were sponsoring the case. After our team was selected as one of the top three teams and had the opportunity to present our pitch at the Sloan conference, I got to know some of the team members at Eventellect and was eventually brought in for an interview. I think my experience in industrial engineering, data analysis, and project management helped me stand out for this hybrid role of management and analytics
Sports is unique in its ability to transcend borders, cultures, race and religion to bring people together. Sports is also an important vehicle to illustrate many life lessons for both fans and athletes; teamwork, sportsmanship, grit, sacrifice and the pursuit of excellence.