The official podcast channel for the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
Alternative Investing: Teams and SPACs
Josh Harris - Co-Founder, Apollo Global Management, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment
Billy Beane - Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Oakland A's
John Collins - CEO, SEAH
Jason Robins - Chief Executive Officer, DraftKings
Saj Cherian (moderator) - Partner, Kynetic
As sports values continue to accelerate, the interest and opportunities to invest in organizations around sports has intensified. From SPACs to team valuations to minority investments, the money around sports in 2021 already rivals all of 2020. As digital engagement grows, the value and means to capitalize on sports as owners, leagues, and investors identify new ways to raise funds. Sports are looking to take advantage of a high performing Wall Street despite major challenges on Main Street. Learn from the experts who are early adopters of SPACs, buying assets, creating investing arms, or going public to take advantage of this frothy market. Billy Beane, John Collins, Josh Harris, and Jason Robins will discuss their strategies and the future of sports as an alternative investment vehicle.
A Keeper: The Evolution of Soccer Analytics
Ravi Ramineni - VP of Soccer Analytics and Research, Seattle Sounders
Ted Knutson - CEO and Founder, StatsBomb
Heather O'Reilly - Assistant Coach, University of North Carolina
Gregg Berhalter - Coach, US Men's National Soccer Team
We have seen the adoption of analytics transform the transfer, training, and development at soccer teams such as Liverpool and Sounders. This panel explores a deeper adoption and usage of analytics in the world’s most popular sport. Tune in to hear experts discuss how they use real-time analytics to inform in-game tactical changes and optimize data analytics tools and software to leverage the insights they need to be effective.
The Data Dangle: Hockey Analytics
Meghan Chayka - Co-Founder & CEO, Stathletes
Alexandra Mandrycky - Director of Hockey Strategy and Research, Seattle Kraken
Hilary Knight - Professional Hockey Player, US Women's National Ice Hockey Team
John Buccigross (moderator) - SportsCenter Anchor, ESPN
The amount of data available to NHL teams has exploded over the last year as player and puck tracking officially entered the rink. By some estimates, tracked players and pucks produce a total of 2,200 data points per second. Will this be data overload for a sport that has only recently embraced the use of analytics to drive on-ice value? And how do video analytics complement - or compete with - tracking data? How are expansion teams emphasizing data from day one to build a franchise? And what will it take to convince players, many of whom pushed back on the quality of pucks with tracking technology, to embrace analytics? This panel will dive into the world of hockey analytics, examining how teams are using the abundance of new information to help inform player personnel decisions, in-game coaching strategy, and scouting, amongst other things.
Sabermetrics vs. The World: Are Analytics Baseball‘s Answer?
Bill James - Former Senior Baseball Operations Advisor, Boston Red Sox
Meg Rowley - Managing Editor, FanGraphs
Sarah Gelles - Director of Research and Development, Houston Astros
Josh Ruffin - Advanced Scouting Analyst, Minnesota Twins
Ben Lindbergh (moderator) - Staff Writer, The Ringer
Soon after the 2020 World Series, fundamentalist fans were quick to point to baseball’s overreliance on analytics as one of the reasons the Tampa Bay Rays lost. Baseball has always been on the bleeding edge of sports analytics, but where does the edge end? This panel aims to examine the fine line between when to make managerial decisions on gut feel, versus when to stick to the data. Did the 2020 World Series serve as a catalyst for changes to the game going forward, or will managers shrug off pressure from the media?
Super Glue: Investigating Basketball Culture vs. Analytics
David Fizdale - Former Head Coach, New York Knicks
Shane Battier - Vice President Basketball Development & Analytics, Miami Heat
Zach Lowe - Senior Writer, ESPN
Adrian Wojnarowski (moderator) - Senior NBA Insider, ESPN
Analytics have revolutionized sports to identify new strategies and help evaluate players, but what about intangibles? How do we evaluate the ‘glue’ players that play a pivotal role in the locker room, but whose names are not necessarily atop the stat sheet, or the hustle that does not get marked down but leads to a steal breakaway? This panel examines how teams try to put numbers on these vital moments for teams. Hear from coaches, players, and the journalists who report out on the ‘culture codes’ of teams as they discuss the analytics behind culture and the potential to measure these ‘glue’ players.
A Conversation with Andrew Yang and Nate Silver
Nate Silver - Editor-in-Chief, FiveThirtyEight
Andrew Yang - New York City Mayoral Candidate
New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang likes MATH. So does Nate Silver. In this special one-on-one conversation, hear from Yang as he reflects on life since his 2020 presidential campaign, the role of data in reaching voters, and what it was like to be a Knicks fan in the Jeremy Lin era.
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Wow this is amazing!
Having these panels from Sloan in podcast form is amazing, thank you!