MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Notes
As I mentioned last week, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was held this weekend, and it was a huge success. I was able to attend a number of presentations and panels, including Baseball Analytics (a sport whose analytics usage is so far ahead of football it is unreal), Coaching Analytics, Art & Analytics of Negotiation, Football Analytics, Predicting the Next Pitch, and Fantasy Sports Analytics.
I gained a number of unique insights, including the importance of variance and its relation to the mean in analytics and the difference between ‘interesting’ and ‘useful’ as it relates to sports data.
Most importantly, I was able to meet up with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett for about 20 minutes and talk about some of my numbers with him. Among the things we discussed were his 2nd down play-calling and usage of “Gun Trips” (which the team actually calls “Cluster”).
I presented Garrett and a few other members of the Cowboys organization with a little packet of some of the more meaningful numbers I have gathered over the years. I plan to follow up with them about how I think those statistics could be of use to the team.