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Sports media giant blitzes Boston to court nerds

Nerd convention. Dorkapalooza. Geek heaven. Just a few names that were bandied about last weekend to describe the annual gathering of sports' intellectual cabal at MIT's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. This year, with a record turnout of over 2,700 attendees, the conference center floors were flooded with suit-clad, badge wearing MBAs, unassuming scouts and team executives, and many of the founding fathers of sports' statistical underbelly.