Barack Obama is coming to Boston next month to speak at a sports conference

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 05:  Former president Barack Obama speaks to a gathering of more than 50 mayors and other guests during the North American Climate Summit on December 5, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The summit was held to bring together leaders from the U.S., Canada and Mexico to commit their cities to addressing climate change at the local level.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Former President Barack Obama speaks to a gathering of more than 50 mayors and other guests during the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last month. –Scott Olson / Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama is coming to Boston next month to talk about… sports?

Apparently so.

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced Friday night that Obama is scheduled to speak Friday, February 23, at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

A spokesman for the conference said there was no additional information currently available about Obama’s planned appearance. But as Morey, who co-founded the conference in 2006, noted, the former president is a “well-known sports fan.”

A once-niche event for sports nerds that debuted in 2007, Sloan has grown into a wide-ranging forum on analytics, business, and technology attended by some of the most prominent figures and executives in the sports industry. The 2017 Sloan conference last February saw more than 3,500 attendees fill the Hynes Convention Center.

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Other notable speakers at this year’s two-day conference include MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, former basketball player Steve Nash, and data journalist Nate Silver, among many others.

In 2015, Obama said in an interview that he would “absolutely” want to be a part of an NBA ownership team. The White House subsequently confirmed at the time that the president — an avid Chicago sports fan and competitive pickup basketball player had “discussed” owning a team and would potentially pursue the opportunity “under the right circumstances.”

Obama made his most recent public appearance in Boston last May when he accepted the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s annual Profile in Courage Award.