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The 14th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

Annual Recap
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Mar 7, 2020
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
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Annual Recap

The 14th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference will take place March 6-7 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center!  We are proud to continue the great tradition of bringing together the leading figures in sports analytics, business, and technology.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston in March 2020!  Check out the conference agenda to see what we have scheduled.

Speakers

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Dafna Aaronson

Performance & People Analytics Specialist

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J.A. Adande

Director of Sports Journalism Northwestern University

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Tj Adeshola

Head of U.S. Sports Twitter

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Kevin Arnovitz

NBA Writer, ESPN.com

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Saquon Barkley

Running Back, New York Giants

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Shane Battier

Vice President, Basketball Development & Analytics Miami Heat

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Howard Beck

Senior Writer, Bleacher Report

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Jason Bernard

Baseball Research and Development Manager MLB

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Matthew Berry

Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst ESPN

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Fiona Birch

Founder Pro Athlete Online

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Sue Bird

Point Guard, Seattle Storm

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Luke Bornn

Vice President, Strategy & Analytics Sacramento Kings

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Josh Brickman

VP Business Strategy Boston Bruins

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Mark Broadie

Professor Columbia Business School

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Jaylen Brown

Professional Basketball Player, Boston Celtics

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Sashi Brown

Chief Planning & Operations Officer, Monumental Sports & Entertainment

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R.C. Buford

CEO Spurs Sports and Entertainment

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Brian Burke

Senior Analytics Specialist ESPN

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Jimmy Butler

Table Tennis Olympian

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Greg Cain

VP, Baseball Data MLB

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Paul Caine

President, Endeavor/NFL On Location Experiences

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Gerry Cardinale

Founder and Managing Partner RedBird Capital Partners

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Catherine Carlson

SVP, Revenue & Strategy Philadelphia Eagles

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Casey Chafkin

Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder Skillz

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Christina Chase

Co-Founder, Managing Director MIT Sports Lab

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Meghan Chayka

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder/CEO of Stathletes

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Eric Chemi

Sports Business Reporter, CNBC

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Saj Cherian

Partner, Kynetic

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Ben Cohen

Wall Street Journal

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Mike Conley

Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President Cleveland Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

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Matthew Courchene

Co-Founder DataGolf

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Cristina Daglas

Senior Deputy Editor, ESPN

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Vosse De Boode

Head of Sports Science Ajax

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Lou Depaoli

EVP & CRO New York Mets

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Chad Deweese

Senior Manager Deloitte

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Robert Eenhoorn

General Director AZ Alkmaar

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Allison Feaster

Director of Player Development and Personal Growth Boston Celtics

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Peter Feigin

President Milwaukee Bucks

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Javier Fernandez

Head of Sports Analytics F.C. Barcelona

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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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Kat Frederick

CMO, Ticketmaster

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Frank Frigo

Co-Founder, EdjSports

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Tiffany Frits

Manager, Business Operations ESPN Stats and Information Group

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Jason Gaedtke

Chief Technology Officer Major League Baseball

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Danilo Gallinari

Professional Basketball Player Oklahoma City Thunder

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Charles Gao

Manager, Business Strategy and Analytics Golden State Warriors

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Don Garber

Commissioner Major League Soccer

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Jessica Gelman

CEO, Kraft Analytics Group

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Momin Ghaffar

Manager of Strategic Research and Development, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Kirk Goldsberry

NBA Analyst, ESPN

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Rich Gotham

Team President Boston Celtics

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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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Tom Haberstroh

NBA Insider, NBC Sports

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Alec Halaby

Vice President, Football Operations and Strategy Philadelphia Eagles

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Scott Hallenbeck

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer USA Football

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Josh Harris

Co-founder, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment

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Kat Harwood

Senior Manager Deloitte

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Tyler Heaps

Director of Sporting Analytics US Soccer Federation

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Robert Hess

Chess Grandmaster, Coach, Commentator, & Writer

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David Higdon

Global Head of Communications, Esports Riot Games

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Rob Hofmann

Vice President of Club Business Development NFL

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Amy Howe

President and Chief Operating Officer, Ticketmaster

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Jeremy Jacobs

Strength and Conditioning Coach LSU

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Bill James

Former Senior Baseball Operations Advisor Boston Red Sox

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Martin Jarmond

Athletic Director Boston College

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Ken Jennings

Author & Jeopardy Champion

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Dave Joerger

Professional Basketball Coach

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Shawn Johnson East

Former American Gymnast

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Brian Josephs

VP, Digital Sport Sportradar

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Dean Kamen

Founder First

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Enes Kanter

Center, Boston Celtics

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Scott Kaufman-Ross

SVP Fantasy & Gaming NBA

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Doug Kezirian

Sports Betting Analyst, ESPN

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Mina Kimes

Senior Writer and Columnist, ESPN

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Rob King

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ESPN Digital & Print Media

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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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Steve Koonin

Chief Executive Officer Atlanta Hawks

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Rocky Koplik

VP, Business Analytics San Francisco Giants

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Jonathan Kraft

President, The Kraft Group

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Mitch Lasky

Co-owner LAFC

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Amy Latimer

President, TD Garden

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Mike Leach

Head Football Coach, Mississippi State University

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Ryan Leaf

Analyst ESPN

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Zach Leonsis

Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Monumental Sports & Entertainment

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Kip Levin

President and COO FanDuel

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Stacey Levine

Director, Developer Advocacy Outsystems

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Victor Li

Advanced Analytics Developer Jacksonville Jaguars

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Zach Lowe

Senior Writer and NBA Columnist, ESPN

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Miles Lowry

Senior Manager, Strategy and Business Development Formula 1

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Patrick Lucey

Chief Scientist, Stats Perform

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Alison Lukan

Writer, The Athletic

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Jeff Ma

Co-host, Bet the Process

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Jackie MacMullan

Senior Writer, ESPN

Events

Research Paper Finalists

High School Poster: A STARTING POINT FOR PREDICTING TEAM SUCCESS IN VOLLEYBALL

Brian Xu, The Kinkaid School, Student

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High School Poster: HOW THE “COLOMBIAN CANNONBALL” FINALLY BROKE THROUGH – ANALYZING THE 2018 BRITISH OPEN SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP

Henry Serrano-Wu

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The right place at the right time: Advanced off-ball metrics for exploiting an opponent’s spatial weakenesses in soccer

Sergio Llana, Data Scientist, FC Barcelona
Pau Madrero, Data Scientist, FC Barcelona
Javier Fernández, Head of Sports Analytics, FC Barcelona

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Swing Shift: A Mathematical Approach to Defensive Positioning in Baseball

John M. Harris, Professor of Mathematics, Furman University
Elizabeth L. Bouzarth, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Furman University
Benjamin C. Grannan, Assistant Professor of Business and Accounting, Furman University
Andrew J. Hartley, Senior Mathematics Major, Furman University
Kevin R. Hutson, Professor of Mathematics, Furman University
Ella M. Morton, Senior Mathematics Major, Furman University

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Seeing in to the future: using self-propelled particle models to aid player decision-making in soccer

Francisco Peralta Alguacil: Football Data Scientist, Hammarby IF
Pablo Piñones Arce, Hammarby IF
David Sumpter, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Uppsala University
Javier Fernandez, Head of Sports Analytics, FC Barcelona

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Scoring a Touchdown with Variable Pricing Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in the NFL Ticket Markets

Ovunc Yilmaz, Assistant Professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
Hayri Alper Arslan, Weatherall Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Economics, Queen’s University
Necati Tereyagoglu, Assistant Professor of Management Science, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

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Player Benchmarking and Outcomes: A Behavioral Science Approach

Ambra Mazzelli, MIT Sloan and Asia School of Business
Robert S. Nason, Concordia University

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PFF WAR: Modeling Player Value in American Football

Eric Eager, Pro Football Focus
George Chahrouri, Pro Football Focus

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Changing the Major League Baseball: A Whole New Ballgame

Meredith J. Wills, Contributor, The Athletic

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Bettor Up: Assess, Analyze, and Achieve

Clay Graham, Chief Analytical Architect, Advantage Analytics LLC
Candace Graham, President/Owner, Epic Win Group LLC
Sola Talabi, Lead Nuclear Engineer, Pittsburgh-Technical

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Accuracy and National Bias of Figure Skating Judges: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Vincent Dumoulin, Institute of Statistics, Université de Neuchâtel
Hugues Mercier, Institutes of Computer Science and Mathematics, Université de Neuchâtel

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Characterization of Space and Time-Dependence of 3-Point Shots in Basketball

Gabin Rolland, Research Assistant, LIRIS – École Centrale de Lyon
Romain Vuillemot, Assistant Professor, LIRIS – École Centrale de Lyon
Wouter Bos, PhD, CNRS – Ecole Centrale de Lyon
Nathan Rivière, Student, Ecole Centrale de Lyon

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Projecting NFL Potential from College Career Performance Curve

Brian Lehman, Co-Founder & VP Visionist, Inc.

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You Cannot Do That Ben Stokes: Dynamically Predicting Shot Type in Cricket Using a Personalized Deep Neural Network

Dr Will Gürpınar-Morgan, Senior Data Scientist, Stats Perform
Dr Daniel Dinsdale, Data Scientist, Stats Perform
Dr Joe Gallagher, Data Scientist, Stats Perform
Aditya Cherukumudi, Artificial Intelligence Scientist, Stats Perform
Dr Patrick Lucey, Chief Scientist, Stats Perform

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Running it Twice (or Thrice): Double-Header and Triple-Header Baseball Arbitration

Michael J. Hasday, Lecturer, DeSales University

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Pulling Starters

Daniel F. Stone, Associate Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College
Brian Mills, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Health Education, University of Texas at Austin
Duncan Finigan, Associate Product Manager, Toast/ Bowdoin College, 2018

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Player Chemistry: Striving for a Perfectly Balanced Soccer Team

Lotte Bransen, Lead Data Scientist at SciSports, Netherlands
Jan Van Haaren, Chief Product & Technology Officer at SciSports and Research Fellow at KU Leuven, Belgium

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NBA Lineup Analysis on Clustered Player Tendencies: A new approach to the positions of basketball & modeling lineup efficiency

Samuel Kalman, Purdue University Undergraduate
Jonathan Bosch, Syracuse University Undergraduate

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Measuring the Impact of Robotic Umpires

James Zhan, Undergraduate Student, Goergen Institute of Data Science, University of Rochester
John Polimeni, Undergraduate Student, Goergen Institute of Data Science, University of Rochester
Luke Gerstner, Undergraduate Student, Goergen Institute of Data Science, University of Rochester

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Learning Feature Representations from Football Tracking

Michael Horton, Machine Learning Researcher, Sportlogiq

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Extracting Player Tracking Data from Video Using Non-Stationary Cameras and a Combination of Computer Vision Techniques

Neil Johnson, Sports Analytics Developer, ESPN

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A No-Tanking Draft Allocation Policy

Evan Munro, PhD Student, Stanford University
Martino Banchio, PhD Student, Stanford University

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