The Future of Sports and Technology

In order to understand the edge, you have to find where its located.

And more often than not, it is places that are far beyond the realm of the industry you are ingrained in. Technology is transforming all fields, across all sectors, and to get clues into how it may affect your business, it requires a deliberate effort to explore fields that, on first glance, may not seem relevant to you.

A few days while researching the open hardware movement, I came across ‘MIT: Sports Analytics Conference’ which was held in March earlier this year.

Here is a collection of videos that I found fascinating 


Alternative Storytelling: The Future of Sports of Journalism

Is the sports narrative a thing of the past? The commissioning of longform sports writing is becoming increasingly rare, as more and more traditional sports journalists must instead compete with a torrent of real-time and breaking information communicated via television, blackberry, blog, and from the athletes and leagues themselves. This panel will discuss the future of sports journalism, evaluating the impact of shorter reporting cycles on newspapers, journalists, networks, and fans.


The Future of Attendance: (Panel)

New stadiums, mobile devices, and a more technologically savvy fan are creating a more robust experience inside of the stadium or arena. What does the future hold for the fan and who will be the leaders driving the change? Is there a way to link fans at home to fans at the game?


‘Birth to Stardom: Developing the Modern Athlete in 10,000 Hours?’ (Panel moderated by author Malcolm Gladwell)

Discussing the modern athlete and debate the age-old question of nature vs. nurture. Do our stars have innate, natural ability, or are they developed due to the combination of training, early identification, and almost obsessive focus on performance?


Evolution of the Fan Experience (Panel)

Looks at how new technology, stadium design, game innovations, and customer initiatives are taking the fan experience to the next level.


The Future of Competition (Panel)

How the next global superstar will come from 10,000+ hours in front of a computer… this year’s eSports panel will examine the growing world of professional gaming.  Our panelists are pioneers and innovators in the industry who each have had a different role in the growth of this sport.  Perspectives from the founder of the studio that has made one of the most popular video games of all time, the visionary behind the most established network of professional gaming leagues and competitions, all the way to one of the most recognizable faces in the sport to the owner of one of the most successful teams.  These experts will dive into not only where this sport has come from, but where it is going and the incredible popularity it has built from both live and online audiences and the individuals who are now essentially turning pro out of high school and not looking back as they embark down a path of global fame.


Gut vs Data: How Do Coaches Make Decisions? (Panel)

From fourth down attempts to walking a player with the bases loaded, coaches make critical decisions that are immediately scrutinized by fans and the media. Coaches are often evaluated based on the outcome and not on the reason for their choice. How do coaches balance the art and science of decision-making? This panel will examine how elite coaches make key decisions and the growing impact of analytics.


How New Concussion Technology Will Force Radical Change in Sports (Talk)

Talk by Chris Nowinski

Co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine and the co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solve the sports concussion crisis. A former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler, he was forced to retire from a series of concussions in 2003. His challenging recovery from post-concussion syndrome led him to write the book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, published in 2006, in an effort to educate parents, coaches, and children about this previously hidden public health issue.


Building the Modern Athlete: Performance Analytics (Panel)

As players are asked to “fight through injury”, many wonder about the long-term impact on their performance and health.  Leagues are changing rules to decrease injuries and limit performance. In seeking to get a competitive advantage, teams are integrating new information into the coaching, training, and player evaluation process to benefit performance.  And, players are constantly seeking the latest in medical advancements and are pushing the limits on both the legal and ethical boundaries.

This panel of medical experts, team personnel, and analysts will discuss how the availability and use of injury and performance analytics are impacting/changing the sport itself. As importantly, how the increasing focus on performance analytics is redefining an athlete’s performance and ultimately, even the athlete


Evolution of Ticketing (Talk)

Rich Campbell poses a number of scenarios in how ticketing in the future make look like.


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