Originally Posted by BRM13
Rick I'd love to hear your impressions, etc after you get back. Are you attending simply as a fan, or are you lucky enough to have a professional reason to be there?
I'd love to go sometime. I can almost justify it for work, but not quite...at least not yet. I'm working on that.
Btw, one of my grad school profs is (might be 'was' at this point) Mark Cuban's NBA stats guy.
Happy to. Mark actually mentioned his backstory with his UI prof; nice that you have an in.
I've read before and my experience confirmed, the focus is definitely not on baseball. The conference was started by Rockets GM Daryl Morey and basketball and football got the most attention. But since I was there solely to geek out, it was still really fun. I got to see/hear a bunch of people.
About 1000 of the 2700 attendees were MIT students; that has a noticeable impact on the feel of things. Lots of too eager, too polished business school students and undergrads wearing ill-fitting suit-coats. I didn't want to be yet another fanboy, so I mostly chose not to introduce myself to people. The lone person was Jonah Keri, who I met after one of the few baseball specific paper sessions. It was a paper on improving FIP and that one was fun because Voros McCracken was in the audience, sitting with Cory Schwartz of MLBAM.
While I really enjoyed the panels (Herm Edwards is just as just as you might suspect, Jack Del Rio came across much smarter), the smaller sessions were more hit and miss. It's tough when you have people from teams who basically can't say anything interesting.
In any event, it was a blast. Happy to answer to any specific questions. But after having gone to this, I think SABR might be even more fun. If you're going with the intent of job seeking, just realize you're going to be one of literally hundreds. I'd try to make some connections in advance and get meetings set up outside of conference time.