Mar 02

Devine at Sloan 2013: Needles, haystacks and failures to communicate

BOSTON — I have no idea where to go, I have no idea what to write and I have virtually no idea what anyone is talking about.

It’s nice to be back at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

This year’s model is the seventh edition of a conference that began in 2006 as a small gathering of likeminded folks eager to share cutting-edge analysis that would sharpen their understanding of sports, and has since exploded into a major annual industry event. Sloan 2013 boasts more than 2,700 paid attendees, representatives from more than 90 pro teams across six different sports (including 29 of 30 NBA teams; the Los Angeles Lakers, alone, appear to be unrepresented), a slew of big-name panelists and big-money sponsorship from the likes of Under Armour, StubHub and primary underwriter ESPN, spread throughout the sprawling Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.