Front office, disrupted – Paul Michelman and Ben Shields

Ben Shields, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Paul Michelman, Editor-in-Chief, MIT Sloan Management Review

From MIT Sloan Management Review

In this Counterpoints podcast, MIT Sloan’s Ben Shields and Paul Michelman interview Angela Ruggiero on how sports teams can better captivate fans. Listen to the podcast here.

It’s the billion-dollar question on the mind of every sports executive right now: How do you separate yourself in a world where fans have almost unlimited access to sports and entertainment? With so many options to choose from, it’s getting ever harder for teams to captivate the masses.

Ben Shields is a Senior Lecturer in Managerial Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Paul Michelman is the editor-in-chief of MIT Sloan Management Review.

Angela Ruggiero is the CEO and cofounder of Sports Innovation Lab.

 

What the NBA gets wrong about lottery pick protections – Paul Michelman and Ben Shields

Paul Michelman, Editor-in-Chief, MIT Sloan Management Review

Ben Shields, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Excerpt from MIT Sloan Management Review

In this episode, we take a closer look at the value of pick protections in the NBA draft — and how your favorite NBA just might be doing it all wrong. The NBA draft is all about value: Just a couple of selections higher or lower could be the difference between a franchise-altering superstar or another half-dozen seasons selecting in the lottery. But when it comes time to move these assets around, value sometimes gets thrown out of the window, and teams make deals involving pick protections they later regret. To help us understand why — and to chart a better strategy for pick protections — we speak with Ben Foster who presented his and Michael Binns’s research on valuing protections of NBA draft picks at the 2019 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Listen to the full podcast here.

Ben Shields is a Senior Lecturer in Managerial Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Paul Michelman is the editor-in-chief of MIT Sloan Management Review.

 

Behold the Big Man – Ben Shields and Ivana Saric

Ben Shields, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Excerpt from MIT Sloan Management Review

In the NBA’s modern era of pace and space, small ball, and chucking away from three, it feels like there’s no more place for the lumbering 7-foot center who used to be the backbone of the league. But the burgeoning field of defensive analytics shows that this “dinosaur” might not be going extinct just yet. Ben speaks with Ivana Saric, data scientist for the Philadelphia 76ers, about how defensive analytics are changing pro basketball and the roles of the people who play it.

Listen to the podcast at MIT Sloan Management Review.

Ben Shields is a Senior Lecturer in Managerial Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management.