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MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

It's been a busy few weeks for Enna and I as we prepare for Inspire Boston 2011, but before I leave for our conference next week I want to share some images from an amazing conference I was asked to photograph. The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was recently held at the Boston Conference Center and had some of the biggest names in sports talking about sports analytics. I didn't get a chance to listen to everything that was being discussed as I was running from room to room documenting all the speakers, but when I did get moments to listen I really enjoyed hearing what they had to share. What I enjoyed the most was listening to team owners talk about how they keep fans involved with the team and attendance high at their venues with the use of social media. I follow my local teams but rarely get to attend live games due to my work schedule, so learning about how social media is used to keep fans excited to be at a live event was very cool. And there was much more than that, but I'm not a mathematician from MIT so when I heard bits and pieces of formulas and random statistics to help determine what coaches should do I was like "huh?" lol:)  But the gang at MIT had a blast and I got to photograph and meet some big hitters and I had a blast:)

Conference Chairs  Daryl Morey (GM Houston Rockets) and Jessica Gelman (VP of Customer Marketing & Strategy for Gillette Stadium)

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Daryl Morey and Jessica Gelman with author Malcom Gladwell

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Olympic legend Apolo Ohno with ESPN senior writer Ric Bucher

After listening to Apolo Ohno talk about his diet during training it gave me a whole new respect for athletes at his level and when I came home Enna told me about his Dancing With The Stars success, so I put a few photos of Apolo here for Enna :)

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Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks

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Johnathan Kraft, President of The Kraft Group

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Stephen Jones, Cheif Operating Officer for the Dallas Cowboys

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Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN Anylist, former NBA Coach

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Justin Tuck, Defensive End for the New York Giants

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Phil de Picciotto, President of Octagon

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Michael Wilbon, ESPN Commentator

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Jeff Ma, Author of "The House Advantage"

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Aaron Schatz, CEO Football Outsiders

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Brian Burke, President & General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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Attendees were given time to ask questions

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Mark Cuban, I'm posting another photo of Mark for my wife Enna who likes the show Dancing With The Stars :)

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Del Harris, former Head Coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, and L.A. Lakers

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NFL Referee Mike Carey. I had to include him since he reffed Superbowl XLII of which I'm still upset about

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Wyc Grousbeck, Co-Owner of the Boston Celtics GO CELTICS!!!!!!  Dig his ring!  I'm hoping he gets another this year!!

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Joe Lacob, Owner Golden State Warriors

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Jeff Moorad, Owner San Diego Padres

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John Walsh, Executive Vice President for ESPN

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Sports Journalist Andrea Kremer

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The MIT Sloan gang

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