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Swim, Bike, Run, Data: The Next Frontier for Driving Human Performance
Keira D'Amato - Professional Runner, InsideTracker Endurance Team
Ian MacGregor - Co-Founder & CEO, Skratch Labs
Dr. Allen Lim - Co-Founder, Skratch Labs
Jonathan Levitt (moderator) - Host, For The Long Run Podcast
In the constant search for an edge, athletes, trainers and coaches are increasingly focusing on better data collection and advanced modeling to refine training plans, optimize recovery and perfect race strategy. Endurance athletes across marathons, triathlons, and cycling events push themselves to the limit each and every day to achieve victory. Over the last 20 years, innovative training, nutrition and recovery plans as well as equipment advances have allowed athletes to achieve unbelievable feats. Now, enabled by new biometric and performance tracking devices, data represents the next source for pushing the limits of human achievement. This panel will focus on how data is being leveraged to take human performance to the next level in endurance sports. By seizing the data, who knows what humans will be able to accomplish next?
Beyond Expected Goals: Analyzing and Implementing the Next Phase of Soccer Analytics
Luke Bornn - Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Zelus Analytics
Lucy Rushton - General Manager and Head of Technical Recruitment and Analysis, D.C. United
Jaeson Rosenfeld - Analytics Advisor, FIFA
Raul Pelaez - Co-founder and CEO, ailite
Ted Knutson (moderator) - CEO and Co-Founder, StatsBomb
It was a long journey for the soccer analytics community to bring foundational metrics like expected goals to mainstream consciousness and understanding. Soccer fans around the world now expect to see analytical tools such as expected goals on match broadcasts, video games, and online discussions. Soccer analytics has evolved beyond shot- and event-based data as the game's brightest minds seek to quantify value everywhere on the field at all times. Significantly, improved understanding of player aging curves and valuation models has radically shifted recruitment strategies and talent flows, with clubs across Europe and the Americas buying younger and younger. In this new phase, women’s soccer has seen unprecedented levels of investment in television deals, talent, and analytics departments. This panel collects soccer's key thought leaders working in a wide variety of spaces to push the beautiful game's analytics to new frontiers.
Keeping the Ball Rolling: The Evolving Fight for DE&I in Sports Presented by Wasserman
Kat Frederick - CMO, Los Angeles Rams
Broderick Hicks - VP, Brands, Wasserman
Nicole Jeter West - CEO, Underdog Venture Team
Allison Feaster - VP of Player Development & Organizational Growth, Boston Celtics
Candace Sautman (moderator) - Senior Director of Strategy, Laundry Service
Real-world issues in sports and business have always been intertwined. In sports, these challenges are very visible, and even more so since Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the National Anthem in 2016. Schools, workplaces, and communities have been grappling with issues around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for years, and while not as publicly visible, the challenges are just as big. What is next in sports, business and culture to evolve a more equitable and accurate depiction of gender, race, and sexuality across sports and business? Progress must be made. On Wall Street, public boards must have female representation. In the NFL, the Rooney Rule hasn’t changed the numbers on Black head coaches. How do we move from the initiatives of today - hosting events, educating, and training on DE&I to truly living DEI - having truly diverse, inclusive, representative organizations and teams on and off the field? It is time to move the chains on DE&I initiatives in sports and this panel will highlight leaders who are the change.
Packing a Punch with Data: How Analytics Have Fueled the UFC
Duncan French - Vice President of Performance, UFC Performance Institute
Deni Batchvarova - Senior Vice President, Strategy, UFC
Forrest Griffin - Vice President of Athlete Development, UFC Performance Institute
Matt Kenny (moderator) - Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN
Observing the raw energy of a mixed martial arts match, one might assume that analytics don't have a place in the octagon. 10 years ago that might have been the case, but the UFC has revolutionized the use of analytics in the sport through their pioneering Performance Institutes. Bringing together a global pool of athletes, these facilities have devised new methods to create data where there was none before and deliver impact during development, training, and the matches themselves. This panel brings together UFC executive, performance scientist, and athlete perspectives to dissect how far the space has come and what the next opportunities are to deploy technology and analytics for knockout results.
From NBA 75 to Basketball 100: The Future of the Game
Sue Bird - Point Guard, Seattle Storm
Mike Zarren - Assistant General Manager, Boston Celtics
JJ Redick - 15 year NBA Veteran and Co-founder of ThreeFourTwo Productions
Daryl Morey - President of Basketball Operations, Philadelphia 76ers
Tom Haberstroh (moderator) - Analyst / Reporter, Meadowlark Media
This year marks the NBA's 75th anniversary. In the last three-quarters of a century, the game has evolved in such a way that even James Naismith might not recognize it. While there have been some massive overhauls – from the merger of the ABA and NBA in 1976 to the introduction of the three-point line in 1979 – the NBA product has changed each year, most recently with the play-in game playoff format. It is inevitable that the game will continue to change. But how? Is the 4 point line a realistic next step? Will teams have a spot for traditional centers? Will we continue to see the rise of international superstars like Luka and Giannis? Will the WNBA continue to grow at a historic pace? What will the competitive advantage of the next dynasty be? Will the mid-range shot be extinct? Join our panel of expert basketball minds as they opine on the future of the game.
Birdies & Big Data: The Golf Revolution
Jeff Price - Chief Commercial Officer, PGA
David Maher - President & Chief Executive Officer, Acushnet Company
Ken Lovell - SVP of Golf Technology, PGA Tour
Suzy Whaley (moderator) - Honorary President, PGA of America
Golf has been booming at all levels in recent years, experiencing the largest net increase in participation in decades as over 500,000 new golfers hit the links in 2020. Golf looks much different than it did 17 years ago, due in large part to a data revolution. Beyond ball speeds and spin rates making Bryson Dechambeau a household name, advances in data collection and analysis are impacting all aspects – how the game is played and broadcasted, how fans are interacting with golf-related content, and how data is being used to attract new players and fans. This panel brings together leaders from the top golf associations and brands to discuss the embrace of data and the path forward from here.
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Wow this is amazing!
Having these panels from Sloan in podcast form is amazing, thank you!