MIT sports stats conference brings in Nate Silver

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BOSTON (AP) — Election guru Nate Silver went back to his roots at this year's MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

The New York Times blogger, who accurately predicted the results of the last two presidential elections, began as a baseball statistics aficionado who came up with a new way to evaluate players. On Friday, he was on a panel that also included "Moneyball" author Michael Lewis and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Silver says there are still areas of sports that can use better statistical analysis. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, one of the event's organizers, says the NBA will look completely different once teams figure out how to analyze stats better. Lewis said he doubted people will still be playing football in 50 years.

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