Technology is changing the sports landscape on all levels, and now UNC is bringing the leading sports analytics professionals together to look at the newest advances in basketball.
“Certainly here at North Carolina, our sport brand is just incredible; it’s worldwide; it’s international,” says UNC Department of Exercise and Sports Science Lecturer Deborah Stroman who is organizing the SPEIA Basketball Analytics Summit. “That can help us bring attention to all the great teaching, research, and service that’s done, the very, very bright minds that are here at UNC.”
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SPEIA is Stroman’s Sports Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association.
The summit is being held Saturday and Sunday and welcomes analytics professionals, North Carolina System faculty and staff, and high school or college students in a forward-thinking setting.
“Where are the jobs in the future in sport,” Stroman says. “How can you make sure your program continues to win; how can you develop young people so that you’re making sure that they’re equip with the best technology, the best statistics and numbers to help them be better athletes.”
Strohman says the summit will focus on four areas.
“The first being the no-brainer: the individual performance, the x’s and the o’s,” Stroman says. “We’ll have a session of sport science. We’re seeing amazing technology with injuries, rehabilitation, and safety of basketball players. Thirdly, we’re going to talk about the fan experience and engagement. And then lastly, we’re going to talk about how we get more buts in seats; that’s the marketing and ticketing.”
The SPEIA Basketball Analytics Summit is being held in association with the Kenan Institute of Private Entrepreneurship. The two-day session is $199 for professionals, $99 for North Carolina system full-time faculty and staff, and $49 for students. Registration closes Friday at 12:00 noon.