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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

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Omar Ajmeri

Research Analyst, Twitter

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Ben Alamar

Head of Business Analytics, StubHub

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Portia Archer

VP of DTC Services, NBC Sports

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Kevin Arnovitz

NBA Writer, ESPN.com

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Charlie Baker

Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Saquon Barkley

Running Back, New York Giants

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Mark Bashuk

Director of Business Analytics, Oakland Athletics

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Howard Beck

Senior Writer, Bleacher Report

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Jason Benetti

College Play-by-Play Announcer, ESPN

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Roger Bennett

Host - Men in Blazers, Men in Blazers

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Kristin Bernert

EVP, Sports Operations, MSG Sports

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Brian Bilello

President, New England Revolution

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Sue Bird

Point Guard, Seattle Storm

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Christopher Boucher

VP Sports Development, Analytics, & Hockey Operations, Sportlogiq

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Andrew Brady

Director Of Analytics, Rakuten Intelligence

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Kevin Brilliant

Business Strategy & Analytics Senior Manager, Chicago Bulls

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Amy Brooks

Chief Innovation Officer and President of TMBO, NBA

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Sashi Brown

Chief Planning & Operations Officer, Monumental Sports & Entertainment

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Jeanie Buss

Owner, Los Angeles Lakers

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Chris Capuano

Former MLB Pitcher

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Ed Chang

Director of Business Strategy, EA

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Eric Chemi

Sports Business Reporter, CNBC

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Bill Chen

Quantitative Researcher, Jagger Analytics

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Saj Cherian

Partner, Kynetic

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John Collins

CEO, On Location Experiences

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Jason Concepcion

Senior Creative, The Ringer

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Tyler Dellow

NHL Columnist, The Athletic

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Kevin Demoff

COO & EVP of Football Operations, Los Angeles Rams

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Matt Dennewitz

Engineering Director, Condé Nast

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John DiFiori

Director of Sports Medicine, NBA

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Marie Donoghue

Vice President of Global Sports Video, Amazon

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Adam Douglas

Applied Sport Scientist Catapult Sports

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Stephen J. Dubner

Author & Journalist

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Meghan Duggan

Forward, U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team

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Nate Duncan

Host, Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast

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Sam Ebb

Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting

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Greg Economou

Chief Commercial Officer & Head of Sports, Ticketmaster

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Nick Elam

Assistant Professor of Educational, Leadership Ball State University

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Andrew Engel

General Manager of Sports and Gaming, DataRobot

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David Epstein

Science Writer & Investigative Reporter

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Jennifer Ferron

Chief Marketing Officer, Kraft Sports & Entertainment

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Larry Fitzgerald

Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals

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Ian Fitzpatrick

Global Director of Brand Marketing and Operations, New Balance

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John Forese

Chief Product and Data Officer, Rakuten Intelligence

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Kat Frederick

CMO, Ticketmaster

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Cole Gahagan

Chief Commercial Officer, Fanatics

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Bobby Gallo

Vice President of Club Business Development, NFL

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Sujoy Ganguly

Head of Computer Vision, STATS

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Ryan Garfat

Senior Editor - Esports, ESPN

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Tom Garfinkel

President and CEO, Miami Dolphins

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Ryan Gavin

General Manager, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Marketing, Amazon Web Services

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Jessica Gelman

CEO, Kraft Analytics Group

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Tyler George

Vice Skip, US Olympic Curling Team

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Momin Ghaffar

Manager of Strategic Research and Development, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Chris Giles

Chief Operating Officer, Oakland Athletics

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Pete Giorgio

Leader, US Sports Consulting, Deloitte

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Christy Glass

Professor of Sociology, Utah State University

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Erin Golden

Manager - Express Lane, Nike

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Steven Goldfried

Digital Content Strategy, Manager Houston Rockets

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Kirk Goldsberry

NBA Analyst, ESPN

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John Gordon

Head of Consumer Electronics Division, Bose

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Jeff Gosey

VP, Sales Acceleration, Learfield IMG College

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Adam Grant

Professor Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

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Chris Greeley

Commissioner of the LCS & Head of League Operations, Riot Games

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Bronson Green

Director of Strategic Operations, Kraft Sports & Entertainment

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Neil Greenberg

Staff Writer, The Washington Post

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Wyc Grousbeck

Lead Owner and Governor, Boston Celtics

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Adam Grow

Chief Operating Officer, KORE Software

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Isaac Guerrero

Technical Director, FC Barcelona Football School

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Tom Haberstroh

NBA Insider, NBC Sports

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Adam Hansmann

Founder, The Athletic

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Josh Harris

Co-founder, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

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Matt Horton

Senior Director of Data Science, MLB

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Amy Howe

President and Chief Operating Officer, Ticketmaster

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Folkert Huzinga

Software Development & Machine Learning Expert

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Carlie Irsay-Gordon

Vice Chair/Owner, Indianapolis Colts

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Kasra Jafroodi

Sr. Business Analyst, Strategy & Analytics, Activision Blizzard

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Rahul Kadavakolu

Executive Director of Global Branding & Marketing, Rakuten

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George Karl

Former NBA Head Coach

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Karim Kassam

Analytics Coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Sharon Katz

Sports Analytics Writer, ESPN

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Larry Kaufman

Komodo Partner

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Patrick Keane

CEO, The Action Network

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Ariel Kelman

Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Amazon Web Services

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Michelle Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer, Nashville Predators

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Doug Kezirian

Sports Betting Analyst, ESPN

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Christine Kim

Senior Director of Marketing, NFL

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Mina Kimes

Senior Writer and Columnist, ESPN

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Lindsey Kittredge

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Shooting Touch

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Rich Kleiman

Co-Founder, Thirty Five Ventures

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Ted Knutson

Owner and Founder, StatsBomb

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Maria Konnikova

Senior Data Scientist, Zelus Analytics

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Jonathan Kraft

President, The Kraft Group

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Kevin Laforce

Senior Vice President, Media Strategy & Business Development, NFL

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Amy Latimer

President, TD Garden

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Phong Le

Senior EVP & CFO, MicroStrategy

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Aaron LeValley

SVP, Business Operations & Strategy, Los Angeles Kings

Events

Research Paper Finalists

Using Deep Learning to Understand Patterns of Player Movement in the NBA

Akhil Nistala
John Guttag

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DeepQB: Deep Learning with Player Tracking to Quantify Quarterback Decision-Making & Performance

Brian Burke

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Decomposing the Immeasurable Sport: A deep learning expected possession value framework for soccer

Javier Fernandez
Luke Bornn
Dan Cervone

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Winning Isn’t Everything – A contextual analysis of hockey face-offs

Nick Czuzoj-Shulman
David Yu
Christopher Boucher
Luke Bornn

Mehrsan Javan

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Predicting Major League Baseball Strikeout Rates from Differences in Velocity and Movement Among Player Pitch Types

Eric P. Martin

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Training Schedule Confounds the Relationship between Acute:Chronic Workload Ratio and Injury

Luke Bornn
Patrick Ward
Darcy Norman

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How Much Do Coaches Matter

Christopher Berry
Anthony Fowler

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Analytics for the Front Office: Valuing Protections on NBA Draft Picks

Benjamin T. Foster
Michael D. Binns

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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

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Leveraging Batter-Pitcher Matchups for Optimal Game Strategy

Willie Harrison
John Salmon

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New Evidence in the Study of Shirking in Major League Baseball

Richars Paulsen

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From Markov models to Poisson point processes: Modeling movement in the NBA

Jacob Mortensen
Luke Bornn

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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

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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

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Data-driven lowlight and highlight reel creation based on explainable temporal game models

Evin Keane
Phillippe Desaulniers
Luke Bornn
Mehrsan Javan

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A Data Driven Goalkeeper Evaluation Framework

Derrick Yam

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The Evolution of Curling Analytics

Kevin Palmer
Gerry Geurts

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Chuckers: Measuring Lineup Shot Distribution Optimality Using Spatial Allocative Efficiency Models

Nathan Sandholtz
Jacob Mortensen
Luke Bornn

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Choke or Shine? Quantifying Soccer Players' Abilities to Perform Under Mental Pressure

Lotte Bransen
Pieter Robberechts
Jan Van Haaren
Jesse Davis

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