SOURCE: MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management

November 21, 2011 15:13 ET

6th Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference to Bring Top Sports Industry Leaders to Boston on March 2-3, 2012

Presented by ESPN, New Location at Boston's Hynes Convention Center Reflects Conference's Rapid Growth; Deadline for Submission of Evolution of Sport Talks Is November 30, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 21, 2011) - The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference kicks off its sixth year on March 2 and 3, 2012, with a celebrated roster of speakers that will include NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA owners, coaches, industry leaders, and the journalists that follow them.

The two-day conference, which last year attracted more than 1,500 participants, brings together industry professionals who are advancing analytics to improve sports management and the fan experience. This year's conference will explore the impact of analytics on basketball, football, baseball, hockey, and soccer as well as the business of the sports industry. To accommodate its continued growth, this year's conference will be held at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston.

"We have attracted one of our best speaker line-ups to date," says conference co-chair and Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. Adds Morey, who is an MIT Sloan alumnus and has taught sports analytics at MIT, "Their participation speaks to the impact the conference is having on innovation in sports and, as importantly, in fostering the increasing use of analytics in the industry."

Confirmed speakers to date are:

  • Mark Cuban, Owner, Dallas Mavericks; Co-Founder & Chairman, HDNet
  • Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League
  • Scott Boras, President, Boras Corporation
  • Bill James, writer and Senior Baseball Operations Adviser, Boston Red Sox
  • Michael Wilbon, Commentator, ESPN
  • Bill Simmons, Columnist, ESPN
  • Brian Burke, President and General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Eric Mangini, Former Head Coach, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets
  • Mark Shapiro, President, Cleveland Indians
  • Adam Silver, COO and Deputy Commissioner, NBA
  • Steve Tisch, Chairman and EVP, New York Giants
  • Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN analyst and former NBA Head Coach

"We have created a forum for those who are advancing analytics to improve sports management and the fan experience," says conference co-chair Jessica Gelman, Vice President of Customer Marketing & Strategy for the Kraft Sports Group and the New England Patriots. "To ensure industry leaders and innovators have opportunities to share ideas, a few years ago we created opportunities for those with a good idea to be heard via our Evolution of Sport (EOS) talks, our research paper track, and our tradeshow."

Now in its second year, the EOS talks allow speakers to create and present a message, idea or a concept that could someday revolutionize some aspect of sports industry. Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2012. To submit an application, please visit

To register for the conference, which is open to anyone interested in sports, please visit:

The goal of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is to provide a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the sports industry. MIT Sloan is dedicated to fostering growth in this arena, and the conference enriches opportunities for learning about the sports business world. The conference is open to anyone interested in sports.

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