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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

    Alternative Investing: Teams and SPACs

    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.

    • 47 min
    A Keeper: The Evolution of Soccer Analytics

    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.

    • 45 min
    The Data Dangle: Hockey Analytics

    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.

    • 46 min
    Sabermetrics vs. The World: Are Analytics Baseball‘s Answer?

    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?

    • 44 min
    Super Glue: Investigating Basketball Culture vs. Analytics

    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.

    • 47 min
    A Conversation with Andrew Yang and Nate Silver

    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.

    • 45 min

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