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Betting tips on who will score the most touchdowns this season in the NFL

Outside of the common types of NFL sports bets – such as which teams will win the AFC and NFC leagues and the Super Bowl itself, another popular way of betting on the NFL is a prop (or proposition) bet. There are all kinds of prop bets available for the NFL, like betting on who will score the first touchdown in a particular match (often the Super Bowl), and who will make the most passes leading to touchdowns, to which team will be the first to score in particular match – but one of the less common ones is betting on who will score the most touchdowns over the season.
Indeed many sports betting sites don’t offer this as an NFL prop bet, and there are reasons why it can be a difficult thing to bet – with the primary one being that there are so many factors that can affect it over the course of the season, from injuries to players to the overall performance of the team (and thus how far into the season they progress). A tip for those considering putting a bet on this would be to think instead about betting on the player who will score the most touchdowns over the course of a single big match instead – for example the Super Bowl itself.
Another alternative would be to play an NFL themed slots game like $5 Million Touchdown at an online casino. If you think that a mere slots game cannot possibly be as potentially lucrative as a well-placed prop bet, then consider that the name of $5 Million Touchdown derives from the size of the maximum jackpot on offer. Furthermore, if you are also of the belief that casino games like slots have no real connection with the NFL, then consider the reel icons shaped like footballs, players and whistles, plus the bonus game where you have to pass the ball from one player to another, gaining bonus credits, until you score a touchdown.

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: First Pitch Case Competition

No, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference is not just a gathering of students looking for jobs. It’s a gathering of very talented students looking for jobs.

Each year the conference hosts a business case competition with teams from some of  the best MBA programs. There were teams from 21 schools, to be exact.

Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business
Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business
Boston College Carroll School of Management
Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Harvard Business School
London Business School
MIT Sloan School of Management
Northeastern University D’AMore-McKim School of Business
San Diego State Sports MBA Program
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
UCLA Anderson School of Management
University of Central Florida DeVos Sport Business Management
University of Chicago Booth School of Business
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
USC Marshall School of Business
Villanova School of Business

This year’s finalists are:

Columbia Business School – represented by Martin Kleinbard and Alex Zackheim
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business – represented by Michael Gries, Jonathan Hay, and Haibo Lu
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth – represented by Chuck Culp, Jon Ryder, and Dave Sibley

Now that we know the players, here’s the actual case:

Growing the MLB.TV Business Model

MLB, in 2002, became the first league to sell a live video subscription product on the Internet and since that time, MLB.TV has been one of the most successful of its kind on the Internet. MLBAM, which has built the technology infrastructure to power and grow this live video experience, has sold MLB.TV as a direct-to-consumer, out-of-market subscription service, mirroring the cable television dual-revenue model (subscription/advertising). Since that 2002 debut, 1.5 billion live streams of baseball games have been accessed by MLB.TVsubscribers. In 2012, MLB.TV had two price points – $124.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $99.99 for MLB.TV and saw a 40 percent growth in subscribers. Premium access allowed subscribers to watch live games across an array of connected devices, gaming consoles and mobile phones or tablets. What is the optimal business model for continuing to grow subscribers and revenue? Lower annual price points? No subscription supported by advertising and sponsorship? How much revenue would need to be generated to offset lower price points or advertising-only support and continue to grow subscribers and revenue annually?

The final presentations will take place Friday morning. We will be there to report back. Best of luck to all the competitors.

Sports Analytics Conference 2013

For me, this Friday will be a third foray into the world of sports analytics at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. This year the conference returns to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center after making its way over to the Hynes Convention Center last year. Both are legitimate world class venues, and thus more than suitable locations for a bunch of pocket protector wearing stat geeks.

As far as conferences go, the Sloan Conference is well run. I suppose that should not be a surprise since it is organized by a top-tier MBA program. Still, it’s a thankless and difficult task which that team has done right for the last few years.

The General Conference Experience

I’ve heard numerous times of late about how “conference just aren’t my thing,” from a number of people. Despite my track record of recent attendance at this particular conference, I can actually fully understand this point of view. With that being said, this definitely depends on the particular conference in question and specifically the level of interest the attendee has in the minutia of the conference’s topics. Additionally – as I alluded to by starting this post off on the topic – the manner in which the conference is run makes all the difference in the world as well.

How To Make The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Worth Your Time (And Money)

First, do your homework. It’s an MIT conference – so yes there’s homework. Before attending you should know what panels you likely want to attend throughout the day (as there are multiple panels taking place at once). To determine what panels you wish to sit in on; read up on the panelists and the abstract summary of each panel.

Second, be sure to try to interact with new people. Even those of us from Boston – that aren’t always known for hospitality – tend to be friendly at the Sloan Conference.

As you can imagine, social media and social media analytics have been a topic that permeated multiple panels over the last two years (more so in 2011). There was a great LinkedIn group discussion leading up to this year’s conference. A group is getting together Thursday evening at STATS Bar & Grill to meet prior to Friday’s events.

Third, try to step outside your comfort zone. Sometimes this is more difficult than you might think. If you tend to be partial to a sport or a specific business function, stray from those familiar worlds when picking your running mates and panels to attend. For example, last year, a soccer-focused panel was one of the very best of the conference. Note being a “soccer guy” necessarily, I was thrilled to have sat in and learned something new.

More Content Throughout The Week

For the rest of the week leading up to the start of the conference I will post more MIT Sloan Sports Analytics inspired content.

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