The annual sports stat geek conference held at MIT's Sloan business school is part "Star Trek" convention, part academic conference, part job fair, part media circus (thanks, ESPN!)--and the future of the $400 billion sports business.
Bill James is a really, really smart guy . . . who most people have never even heard of. And if you watch the video on him titled 'Baseball's Stat Man' (that broadcasted on 60 Minutes last Sunday), there may be some serious nuggets of brilliance to gleam and put in action.
October is peak season for American sports: the World Series, professional and college football, basketball, and hockey are all in full swing. What better time to take a look at the bucks behind the ball (and puck)?
Watching the Oakland As crumble to the Red Sox last night made me pull off my bookshelf Michael Lewis' terrific book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. It's how the Oakland As manage to compete against the rich teams, even though they often fail in the post-season.