2 sports analytics conferences scheduled for March

JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Published:

CHICAGO (AP) -- Two sports analytics conferences are scheduled for the first couple weeks of March on both sides of the country.

"Moneyball" may have been shut out at the Oscars last month, but analytics -- loosely defined as the use of data and technology as a tool for making decisions -- remains an important part of sports.

Some of sports' brightest minds will gather in Boston this weekend for the sixth edition of the MIT Sloan Sports Conference. The brainchild of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and New England Patriots executive Jessica Gelman has been sold out for weeks.

The twist comes two weeks later, when the Society for American Baseball Research holds its first analytics conference in Phoenix.