The Best Part Of The Sloan Conference Is All The Pro Sports Gamblers

By now, we've heard about all the different kinds of geniuses and salesmen and Malcolm Gladwells at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. It's true, you'll find all kinds of wonderful nerds there. What they don't tell you is that the guys having the most fun are probably the sports bettors, who snuck in when no… » 3/10/14 2:12pm 3/10/14 2:12pm

Here Are This Year's Sloan Finalist Papers—And Their Biggest Issue

The eight finalists for the paper contest at MIT's Sloan Conference—the most prestigious and most branded sports analytics conference in the U.S.—were announced this week. They're a fascinating mix of creative problem solving and impresario number-wrangling, and if you read through them, you'll see a lot of great data… » 2/07/14 4:12pm 2/07/14 4:12pm

The Mark Cuban Gay Joke ESPN Doesn't Want You To Hear [UPDATE]

For two days, Cuban vs. Simmons was billed as the marquee event at last weekend's MIT Sloan Sports Analytic Conference, sponsored by ESPN. It certainly didn't disappoint as the two took the stage late Saturday and engaged in an hour-long discussion ranging from the NBA lockout to how teams can engage more with fans.… » 3/09/12 1:10pm 3/09/12 1:10pm

Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: Lots Of Smart People, And One Bro…

MIT's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference regularly features the best minds in sports—people like Bill James, Mark Cuban, et cetera. It also, apparently, features dudes who like making jerk-off motions behind Michael Smith, whose Numbers Never Lie program aired live from MIT yesterday. Here's Smith talking to… » 3/03/12 1:30pm 3/03/12 1:30pm

Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell, And The Dirty Secret Of The MIT Sports…

The Joke That Started It All
Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, in a big gray conference room in a big gray convention center, 1,500 people—mostly white, mostly male, mostly clad in business suits—roar with laughter. Jeff Van Gundy, the former Knicks and Rockets coach and current ESPN analyst, has just cracked wise. Jeff… » 3/10/11 2:32pm 3/10/11 2:32pm