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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

    The Impact of Moneyball: 20 Years Later

    The Impact of Moneyball: 20 Years Later

    Bill James - Former Senior Baseball Operations Advisor Boston Red SoxMichael Lewis - Author & JournalistShane Battier - Former Vice President, Analytics and Basketball Development, Miami Heat; 2012 & 2013 NBA Champion, Miami HeatDaryl Morey - President of Basketball Operations, Philadelphia 76ersJackie MacMullan (moderator) - Retired Senior Writer
     
    When Moneyball was published in 2003, no one could have predicted its monumental impact across business, sports, culture, and beyond. Now, twenty years later, the book, and later the blockbuster movie, sparked a renaissance that has totally changed how organizations think about and use data. Jackie MacMullen will lead a discussion with Michael Lewis, Bill James, and Shane Battier as the group reflects on the impact and legacy of Moneyball - and analytics driven thinking - over the last two decades.

    • 57 min
    Player Power - Building Businesses by Empowering Athletes presented by Wasserman Foundation

    Player Power - Building Businesses by Empowering Athletes presented by Wasserman Foundation

    Michael Rubin - CEO, FanaticsDeMaurice Smith - Executive Director - National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)Tamika Tremaglio - Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)Jessica Gelman (moderator) - CEO, Kraft Analytics Group (KAGR)
     
    Over the past 5 years, we’ve seen a massive shift in how players are directly engaging with fans, investing into business, and using their platform to affect societal change.  As players step into their collective power, the NBAPA, NFLPA, and partners like Fanatics are redefining the role and impact of player influence within and across the sports industry. Featuring DeMaurice Smith (NFLPA Executive Director), Tamika Tremaglio (NBPA, Executive Director), and Michael Rubin (CEO of Fanatics), Jessica Gelman will guide a discussion on how these industry innovators are adjusting their business models, creating new business lines, driving the future of fan interactivity and have altered the player power landscape to innovate sports.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Changing the Game: How the Sports Industry is Accelerating Progress in DEI

    Changing the Game: How the Sports Industry is Accelerating Progress in DEI

    Stef Strack - Founder & CEO, Voice in Sport, and Voice in Sport FoundationBilly Bean - SVP | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion & Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Major League Baseball (MLB)Sola Winley - EVP Office of the Commissioner and Chief DEI Officer, Major League Soccer (MLS)Jonathan Beane - Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, NFLKatie Burke (moderator) - Chief People Officer, HubSpot
     
    Sports organizations are prioritizing and developing programs to broaden DEI. However, despite increased discussion, media attention, and data supporting diversity, women, people of color, non-binary, and LGBTQ leaders continue to be underrepresented in sports from entry-level to most glaringly in the executive branch. Importantly, leagues are investing heavily in equaling the playing field from employees to vendors to partners with a diversity priority. Over the past few years, major sports leagues have created new policies, hired DEI leaders, and shared their representations from business to team to front office. This panel brings together the league leaders who are driving change at the macro and team-level to increase representation. Moderated by Katie Burke, regarded as a leading voice of culture at Hubspot, learn what is working, what the data says, and how much more we need to do to accelerate representation of diversity, equity, and inclusion in sports.

    • 1 hr
    Sports & Society: Redefining Sports Culture and Organizations presented by Wasserman Foundation

    Sports & Society: Redefining Sports Culture and Organizations presented by Wasserman Foundation

    Jessica Berman - Commissioner, National Women’s Soccer LeagueJohanna Faries - Senior Vice President/General Manager of Call of Duty, Activision BlizzardJackie MacMullan (moderator) - Retired Senior Writer
     
    Sports has long been a microcosm for society at large and given the public visibility athletes, teams, and leagues expected to lead on all aspects of culture. From players to fans to ownership expectations, it is more critical than ever that organizations listen, respond, and set a path towards evolution. Led by Jackie MacMullan, listen in as Jessica Berman (NWSL Commissioner) and Johanna Faries (Senior Vice President/General Manager of Call of Duty, Activision Blizzard) discuss the process of defining a path forward as organizations invest heavily in cultures to set new precedents, ensure employee, fan, and player satisfaction and improve the organization’s outcomes. With many competing stakeholders, this panel will feature perspectives from all angles of cultural change within and around the sports industry.

    • 51 min
    Entrepreneurship for Impact: Athletes Making a Mark

    Entrepreneurship for Impact: Athletes Making a Mark

    Sue Bird - WNBA Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Co-Founder of A Touch More and TogethxrBrian Westbrook - Managing Director of Athlete Entrepreneur Network, underdog venture teamLindsay Kagawa Colas - Executive Vice President, Talent + The Collective, WassermanMichele Steele (moderator) - Reporter, ESPN
     
    Star athletes develop strong name recognition for their feats on the field, but their professional athletic careers represent just a fraction of their lives. After retirement (or sometimes even before), athletes embark on numerous different pathways, often using their platform and lessons learned in their playing careers to make an impact on the broader world. This panel convenes star athletes and one of the most prominent agents in sports for a discussion centered on entrepreneurship and investment as a means to drive positive change.

    • 57 min
    Performance Under Pressure

    Performance Under Pressure

    Sue Bird - WNBA Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, Co-Founder of A Touch More and TogethxrBrad Stevens - President of Basketball Operations, Boston CelticsSteve Magness - Performance Coach, AuthorMichael Lewis (moderator) - Author & Journalist
     
    Pressure in sports comes in many forms and some people "have it." Listen in as legendary clutch performer Sue Bird shares how she handles the highest-pressure moments on the court and in boardrooms, how former coach and now team architect Brad Stevens defines the value of performance under pressure for his players, and how performance coach Steve Magness studies the science of these skills to drive performance improvement. Can the "clutch ability" be measured? How do we define clutch? End of shot clock, end of game, importance of the game? How do athletes prepare to perform under pressure mentally and physically? Join this myth-busting discussion led by Michael Lewis as leaders in this area attempt to answer what truly makes the best athletes perform under pressure.

    • 58 min

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