1
Mar
2019

The 13th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Annual Recap
2019

2019

Annual Recap

The 13th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference took place March 1-2 at the Hynes Convention Center!  We were proud to continue the great tradition of bringing together the leading figures in sports analytics, business, and technology.

At our roots, we are about education and our goal is to provide more opportunities for sharing industry successes, to create forums to discuss the most challenging topics of the day, and to continue identifying new ideas.  As a conference we are firmly committed to innovation. Each year, we have added new elements to push the larger analytics conversation forward.  Recent years have seen advances from the Research Paper competition started in 2010 to the popular and successful Hack-A-Thon, the introduction of an esports room, doubling the number of Competitive Advantage talks, expansion of the Startup Tradeshow competition, and introduction of industry-specific workshops.  Despite our past successes, we firmly believe that the best is yet to come.

Speakers

profile
Omar Ajmeri

Research Analyst, Twitter

profile
Ben Alamar

Head of Business Analytics, StubHub

profile
Portia Archer

VP of DTC Services, NBC Sports

profile
Kevin Arnovitz

NBA Writer, ESPN.com

profile
Charlie Baker

Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

profile
Saquon Barkley

Running Back, New York Giants

profile
Mark Bashuk

Director of Business Analytics, Oakland Athletics

profile
Howard Beck

Senior Writer, Bleacher Report

profile
Jason Benetti

College Play-by-Play Announcer, ESPN

profile
Roger Bennett

Host - Men in Blazers, Men in Blazers

profile
Kristin Bernert

EVP, Sports Operations, MSG Sports

profile
Brian Bilello

President, New England Revolution

profile
Sue Bird

Point Guard, Seattle Storm

profile
Christopher Boucher

VP Sports Development, Analytics, & Hockey Operations, Sportlogiq

See Full List of Speakers

Events

Research Papers

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

Download the Full Paper Here
Using Deep Learning to Understand Patterns of Player Movement in the NBA

Akhil Nistala
John Guttag

Download the Full Paper Here
DeepQB: Deep Learning with Player Tracking to Quantify Quarterback Decision-Making & Performance

Brian Burke

Download the Full Paper Here
Decomposing the Immeasurable Sport: A deep learning expected possession value framework for soccer

Javier Fernandez
Luke Bornn
Dan Cervone

Download the Full Paper Here
Winning Isn’t Everything – A contextual analysis of hockey face-offs

Nick Czuzoj-Shulman
David Yu
Christopher Boucher
Luke Bornn
Mehrsan Javan

Download the Full Paper Here
Predicting Major League Baseball Strikeout Rates from Differences in Velocity and Movement Among Player Pitch Types

Eric P. Martin

Download the Full Paper Here
Training Schedule Confounds the Relationship between Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio and Injury

Luke Bornn
Patrick Ward
Darcy Norman

Download the Full Paper Here
How Much Do Coaches Matter

Christopher Berry
Anthony Fowler

Download the Full Paper Here
Analytics for the Front Office: Valuing Protections on NBA Draft Picks

Benjamin T. Foster
Michael D. Binns

Download the Full Paper Here
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

Download the Full Paper Here
Leveraging Batter-Pitcher Matchups for Optimal Game Strategy

Willie Harrison
John Salmon

Download the Full Paper Here
New Evidence in the Study of Shirking in Major League Baseball

Richars Paulsen

Download the Full Paper Here
From Markov models to Poisson point processes: Modeling movement in the NBA

Jacob Mortensen
Luke Bornn

Download the Full Paper Here
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

Download the Full Paper Here
The Economic Impact of NBA Superstars: Evidence from Missed Games using Ticket Microdata from a Secondary Marketplace

Scott Kaplan
Vaibhav Ramamoorthly
Cheernar Gupte
Amit Sagar
Deepak Premkumar
Joshua Wilbur
David Zilberman

Download the Full Paper Here
Data-driven lowlight and highlight reel creation based on explainable temporal game models

Evin Keane
Phillippe Desaulniers
Luke Bornn
Mehrsan Javan

Download the Full Paper Here
A Data Driven Goalkeeper Evaluation Framework

Derrick Yam

Download the Full Paper Here
The Evolution of Curling Analytics

Kevin Palmer
Gerry Geurts

Download the Full Paper Here
Chuckers: Measuring Lineup Shot Distribution Optimality Using Spatial Allocative Efficiency Models

Nathan Sandholtz
Jacob Mortensen
Luke Bornn

Download the Full Paper Here
Choke or Shine? Quantifying Soccer Players' Abilities to Perform Under Mental Pressure

Lotte Bransen
Pieter Robberechts
Jan Van Haaren
Jesse Davis

Download the Full Paper Here

Sponsors