Today I went to the second day of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. I attended the following sessions:

Rebooting the Lakers/Celtics Rivalry: This panel featured Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ owner, and Wyc Grousbeck, the Celtics’ owner, as they talked about their experiences with the Lakers/Celtics rivalry and reminisced about some of the greatest Lakers and Celtics moments. There was clear mutual respect and admiration between the two team owners.

Skin in the Game: Sports Gambling’s Emergence in the US: This panel talked about the recent legalization of sports betting in the US and the implications of sports betting on the sports industry.

Startup Competition Sportstech Track and Fan Experience Track: We watched the two startup competitions at the conference. Common themes among startups include the implementation of machine learning, neural networks, and artificial intelligence.

Michael Lewis – Going Deep with Mike Leach – The Most Innovative Mind in Football: The final session of the conference was a one on one with Michael Lewis and Mike Leach who gave insights into how he is a successful coach. He shared his view on football strategies, such as on offense he believes that creating space is the most important and on defense, he believes that restricting space is most important. He also believes that the most important attribute of a quarterback is accuracy.

In a later blog, I will go more in depth and discuss my big takeaways from this years’ conference.

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