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The world’s biggest sports market loves Kinexon’s precision Technology

KINEXON participated in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference from March 11 to 12. The conference is one of the most renowned events in the sports analytics industry. KINEXON fascinated sports enthusiastic participants with its innovative technology, which enables centimeter accurate tracking of athletes in real time.

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The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference provides a high-profile platform to discuss the latest news and trends in sports analytics. Therefore, many experts and sports analytics enthusiasts from all over the world are drawn to Boston. This year, the conference celebrated its 10 years anniversary with almost 4,000 attendants from 130 teams and leagues as well as 320 academic institutions. Since MIT Sloan started in 2006 the attendance numbers increase every year, demonstrating the rising importance of sports analytics.

The conference featured many highly interesting speakers. Key takeaways:

  1. According to ABC/​ESPNreporter and former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, data intelligence is still undervalued in basketball.
  2. Baseball statistics pioneer Bill James argues that the analytics mindset needs to focus on what player can do, not what they can’t do
  3. In a panel, Zach Lowe (ESPN), former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and former NBA player Brian Scalabrine came to the conclusion that injury prevention is a very hot topic at the moment – which can be addressed with real-time tracking data.

A major focus in sports analytics is currently set around sophisticated and well-defined data analyses. Those complex statistics only provide value if they are calculated based on highly accurate and reliable raw data. No matter how sophisticated analyses are, when the underlying data is not reliable, coaches and players could draw wrong conclusions.

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