Friday, February 18, 2011

The 2011 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

The premier sports business and sports industry event each year is the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which is held in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The event this year will be held on two days - March 4 and 5 -- and will feature such speakers as author Malcolm Gladwell, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Patriots CEO Jonathan Kraft, Maple Leafs President Brian Burke, and ESPN NBA analyst and former head coach Jeff Van Gundy, among many others. The lead organizers of the event are Houston Rockets GM (and former MIT Sloan professor) Daryl Morey and Krafts Sports Group VP of Customer Marketing and Strategy Jessica Gelman. There are many student organizers as well. They really put together a first rate event.

I'll be a panelist on the The Coming War: Sports Labor Relations panel. We'll be discussing the NFL and NBA labor crises. Here is more information on the panel:

The Coming War: Sports Labor Relations

With looming lockouts in both the NBA and NFL, panelists will discuss the legal implications of reaching a deal. With the changing economics of the game, these CBAs will have to be more creative from a legal sense than ever before. How can both sides reach an agreement to avoid missing an entire season?

Andrew Zimbalist
Robert A. Woods professor of economics - Smith College

For more information on the conference, click here.