MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference


The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference began in 2007.  Over the last decade, it has become the premier sports analytics conference in the world.  The event is, quite simply, without peer.

For 2018, the overall theme is, “Talk Data to Me.”  Not surprisingly, some intriguing speakers feature on the early agenda.  Not only will we hear from consistent voices within the category such as 538’s Nate Silver and Rocket’s legendary GM Daryl Morey, we also will have a chance to hear from leaders such as former Microsoft Chief Executive and NBA owner Steve Ballmer. 

In addition to the above notables, there also will be more of everything that makes this conference truly elite in the world of sports analytics.  Most notably, organizers continue to grow their research paper competition and also their Competitive Advantage presentations.  Past topics range from better ticket pricing strategies for the most anticipated games to “Flipping Coins in the War Room: Skill and Chance in the NFL Draft” to correlation analysis around player experience and winning in the NBA. 

While they do have student rates, those tickets are sold out for 2018.  Likewise, the general admission ticket are gone.  Your lone option is to stomach a big number to attend (now $850).

The thinking at MIT Sloan SAC is transformative.  The participants are using data to change professional sports.  We will look to showcase key insights here as we navigate the Dead Zone before the madness of March and then MLB Opening Day arrive to bring us out of the major sports event nadir that is the month of February.  

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One comment on “MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
  1. Alfred says:

    The MIT conference has no match for the quality of its content. I do wonder if it is a victim of its own success. I love President Obama, but when I saw that organizers had him coming to this event I was scratching my head. Maybe he is a huge believer in using data in sports? The one thing I remember is that he always picked his bracket for March Madness. I don’t ever remember hearing in data-driven analysis around the picks.

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