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February 29, 2012

First Family of Sports Management to Speak at MIT

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Jeff Cochran

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What does the agent who has represented more Hall of Fame baseball players than anybody in history, the President of the Cleveland Indians, and the former head coach of the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns have in common?  They’re all in the same family.  Ron Shapiro is the baseball super agent who represented the likes of Cal Ripken, Jr., Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Kirby Puckett, and Eddie Murray.  He currently represents, among others, Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer and is a special advisor to professional teams outside of baseball.  Mark Shapiro spent 9 years as the GM of the Cleveland Indians before assuming his current position as President.  Eric Mangini, who is married to Ron’s daughter, Julie, was once the youngest head coach in NFL history.  It’s no wonder that the Baltimore Sun referred to this triumvirate as the “first family of sports management.”

All three will be speaking this weekend, March 2nd and 3rd, at the MIT Sports Analytics Conference.  Ron’s session is called “A Systematic Approach to Sports Negotiations”.  Mark will be part of a panel that discusses “Baseball Analytics”.  Eric will partake in two panels: “Football Analytics” and “Coaching Analytics”.  It should be an exciting weekend for everybody.

For more information on the conference, go to http://www.sloansportsconference.com/

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