At the beginning of March, Boston played host to the 7th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The conference attracted analysts, team executives, sports journalists and many more from the sporting world. Having originally been based on discussing analysis and issues surrounding America’s favourite pastime, baseball, the conference has developed massively into a global sports analytical conference. Different issues in various sports were discussed and there was even a talk on the ever increasing influence of the social media. A review of the conference can be found here
My favourite talk of the whole conference was the Evolution of Sport – Why You Don’t Understand Luck by Michael Mauboussin. A really fascinating examination of how luck plays such a big (and undervalued) part in sport, business and life. His presentation is below (or here) and you can download his slides here. If you haven’t already you really should buy his book – it will improve you as an analyst.
Soccer Analytics Panel (link).
All of the discussions presented at the conference are an extremely interesting and insightful watch and worth taking a bit of time out of your busy day to watch and listen to they can all be found here.