Friday Factoid: MIT Sloan’s Sports “Dorkapalooza”

Did you know that some of the biggest names in sports have met annually since 2007 for an event at the MIT Sloan School of Management that ESPN columnist Bill Simmons once described as “dorkapalooza”? At the student-run Sports Analytics Conference, participants discuss the increasing role of analytics in the sports industry, and students have ample opportunity to network with the elite of the sports world.

The 2014 conference featured presentations and discussions from top industry leaders, including the commissioner of the NBA, the head coach of the Boston Celtics, the editor in chief of ESPN The Magazine, the CEO of Sportvision, the founder/CEO of Under Armour, the president of Bloomberg Sports, the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, the president of Ticketmaster North America, and the president/CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, L.P. The event also involved more than two dozen panels covering such topics as “What Does It Take to Call a Strike,” “A Data-Driven Method for In-Game Decision Making in MLB,” and “From the Classroom to the Locker Room: Teaching the Next Generation of Sports Analysts.”

A second-year EMS Club member told mbaMission, “The event is one of the largest student-organized conferences in the country and was named the third most innovative company in all of sports (behind only the NFL and MLB Advanced Media) by Fast Company [magazine].”

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