I received an email about a session on Mathematics and Sports to be held at the 2012 Joint Mathematics Meetings the first week of January in Boston. It's the largest mathematics conference in the world and is organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Here is a description of the session:
Applications of mathematics are plentiful in sports, relating to probability, statistics, linear algebra, calculus, and numerical analysis, among other areas. This contributed paper session will feature various uses of mathematics to study phenomena arising from multiple sports. The success of the 2010 Mathematics Awareness Month, with this theme, and the increasing prominence of a peer-reviewed academic journal in this area are both evidence of its growth. The expanding availability of play-by-play data for professional and some collegiate sports is leading to innovative kinds of analysis. This session will include both expository talks and presentations of original research; undergraduate students and their mentors are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.
Abstracts are due on 22 September, and the conference session will be on 4 January 2012.