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The official podcast channel for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

SSAC MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

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The official podcast channel for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    Sports & Analytics Trivia Blitz with Ken Jennings

    Sports & Analytics Trivia Blitz with Ken Jennings

    Joe Peta – Head of Performance Analytics, Point72 Aaron Schatz – Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Football Outsiders Daryl Morey – General Manager, Houston Rockets Ken Jennings (Moderator) – Author & Game Show Contestant The Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is proud to present Sports & Analytics Trivia Blitz, an hour-long sports trivia game played in the style of ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosted by the recently-crowned “Greatest of All Time” Jeopardy! player, Ken Jennings, Trivia Blitz will bring together three conference experts to test their sports knowledge, but only one will be win the title of SSAC Trivia Blitz champion. Listen to these experts face off, and follow along to test your own sports knowledge!

    • 49 min
    Game (Show) Theory: An Omnibus Conversation with Jeopardy GOAT Ken Jennings

    Game (Show) Theory: An Omnibus Conversation with Jeopardy GOAT Ken Jennings

    Ken Jennings – Author & Game Show Contestant Nate Silver (Moderator) – Editor-in-Chef, FiveThirtyEight Hot off his crowning as the greatest Jeopardy player of all time, Ken Jennings sits down with statistics guru and fellow author Nate Silver to discuss podcasts, comedy, maps, and how analytics has made arenas like game shows and politics a numbers game. What is “the next field to be transformed by analytics”? Tune in to hear the clue.

    • 56 min
    Dark Arts: What the Sports World Can Learn from Chess

    Dark Arts: What the Sports World Can Learn from Chess

    Neil Paine – Senior Sportswriter, FiveThirtyEight Robert Hess – Chess Grandmaster, Coach, Commentator & Writer John Urschel – Mathematician & Former NFL Player Daryl Morey – General Manager, Houston Rockets Danny Rensch (Moderator) – Chief Chess Officer, Chess.com What happens in Chess will eventually happen in all sports. Chess was the first sport to incorporate a theoretically sound rating system, Elo, that has been the foundation of most rating systems in other sports such as soccer, tennis, esports ladders, and more. In addition, AI came to chess well before any other sport and it is now changing the foundation of nearly every sport. Chess has also been first with automated cheat detection which may have been useful in another hardball sport recently. Hear chess Grandmasters, athletes, and enthusiasts weigh in on these topics and discuss the lessons the sports industry will untap in the future from chess. Additionally, don’t miss out on attendees challenging a chess Grandmaster in a live chess simulation.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Sports Learning Curve: Why Teams are Slow to Learn and Adapt

    The Sports Learning Curve: Why Teams are Slow to Learn and Adapt

    Daryl Morey – General Manager, Houston Rockets Bill James – Statistician Sashi Brown – Chief Planning & Operations Officer, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Dick Thaler (Moderator) – Nobel Prize Winning Economist, University of Chicago - Booth School of Business Let’s face it, despite decades of data and statistical analysis to lean on, players, coaches and GMs alike continue to fall into predictable behavioral traps when it comes to decision making – whether it’s wasting timeouts, being overly conservative on 4th down, or overpaying for a high draft pick. Hear from a Nobel Prize winning economist, a baseball historian and statistician, an NBA General Manager and a seasoned sports executive as they discuss and debate some of the most common decision making pitfalls made by teams and how they can be avoided.

    • 57 min
    Changing Sports: Beyond Ownership

    Changing Sports: Beyond Ownership

    Mitch Lasky – Co-Owner, LAFC Scott O'Neil – CEO, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment Wyc Grousbeck – Lead Owner and Governor, Boston Celtics Warren Zola (Moderator) – Executive Director, Boston College Chief Executives Club While wins and losses are paramount, learn how owners and team leaders of some of sports’ most beloved teams – Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and the emerging celeb-favorite Los Angeles FC – are extending their sports property investments in creative and meaningful ways. From incubators to esports investments to the creation of funds around sports, this panel explores how owners are leveraging the brand to other business areas as well as to community impact. This panel will highlight the hidden challenges of an owner, how long-tenured executives drive an owner’s vision, and how the landscape of sports-business is evolving.

    • 54 min
    Investing with the Bulls: Wall Street Analytics in Sports

    Investing with the Bulls: Wall Street Analytics in Sports

    Steve Pagliuca – Co-Chair/Managing General Partner, Bain Capital Josh Harris – Owner, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment Eric Chemi (Moderator) – Sports Business Reporter, CNBC Not only has the popularity of sports investing increased in recent years, but the value of sports franchises has grown by 3-5x in the past decade. Learn how industry leaders, Josh Harris, Co-Founder of Apollo Global Management, and Steve Pagliuca, Co-Chairman of Bain Capital, successfully turned their financial investing expertise towards sports investing. With returns of 8-10x in their initial investments in the Sixers and Celtics, respectively, both will articulate their shared principles for success that translate across industries. In addition, they’ll touch on the rationale for acquiring a team, the unique opportunities in each league, the additional sports assets they maintain in their portfolio, and the new growth areas they’re interested in pursuing.

    • 55 min

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