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Past Events
Wednesday, April 19

Registration & Exhibits Open

Breakfast

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Richard Weiss, Publisher, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal

At the Top of the Agenda: Issues, Trends and Opinions You Need to Hear

The opening roundtable at World Congress sets the stage for two days of dialogue and insights from industry thought leaders. And it’s your opportunity to hear the issues and trends that are top of mind for a cross section of leading sports executives, who will also offer their point of view on the most pressing items in sports business. Here’s this year’s lineup: Val Ackerman, Commissioner, Big East Conference; Mark King, President, Adidas Group North America; Mike Levine, Co-Head, CAA Sports; Burke Magnus, Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, ESPN; David O’Connor, President & CEO, The Madison Square Garden Company; Michael Rubin, Founder & Executive Chairman, Fanatics; Co-Owner, Philadelphia 76ers & New Jersey Devils; and Mark Tatum, Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer, NBA. Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal.

The Big Picture: A Conversation with David Levy, President, Turner

After forging partnerships with the NBA, NCAA, MLB and PGA of America, long-time sports media executive David Levy was also put in charge of Turner’s portfolio of domestic entertainment, kids and young adult networks and businesses. In this session, he’ll discuss Turner’s initiatives in sports, entertainment and original programming and its efforts to leverage content across TV, digital and mobile platforms. Moderator: John Ourand, Reporter, SportsBusiness Journal.

Break

The Regional Game: RSN Outlook 2017 and Beyond

Given the current media climate, Regional Sports Networks (RSN) were thought to be in trouble as the business moved to skinny bundles of lower-cost channels and OTT platforms. But RSNs are thriving like never before. This discussion will focus on the state of regional sports programming, the impact of live local streaming and the types of deals we may see in the future. You will hear from John Angelos, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President & Partner, Baltimore Orioles; President & Chief Operating Officer, MASN; Alan Gold, Partner, Evolution Media Capital; Irwin Kishner, Partner & Executive Chairman, Herrick, Feinstein LLP; Jeff Krolik, President, FOX Sports Regional Networks; and David Preschlack, President, NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy. Moderator: John Ourand, Reporter, SportsBusiness Journal.

Inside Golf: Views from the Top

Like other sports, golf has faced its fair share of challenges and a decline in popularity in recent years. But there are major efforts underway by governing bodies to make the game more welcoming to a broader populous, increase its social impact and build the next generation of fans. The session will be moderated by Joe Leccese, Chairman & Co-Head, Sports Law Group, Proskauer; and you will hear from Peter Bevacqua, CEO, PGA of America; Mike Davis, Executive Director & CEO, USGA; and Michael Whan, Commissioner, LPGA.

Marketing Leaders in the Spotlight

Marketing officers are constantly adapting...to changing consumer behavior, changing media preferences and changing social platforms. You’ll find out how leading brand stewards are allocating their marketing dollars, how sports and other entertainment options fit into the equation and the marketing initiatives that are moving the needle on sales. Dean Evans, Chief Marketing Officer, Hyundai Motor America, John Galloway, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Hard Rock International, and Telisa Yancy, Chief Marketing Officer, American Family Insurance. Moderator: Terry Lefton, Editor-At-Large, SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

Luncheon

Making a Difference - Professionally and Personally: A Conversation with Arthur Blank, Owner & Chairman, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United & Mercedes-Benz Stadium

As the owner and chairman of numerous high-profile businesses and the chairman of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Arthur Blank is committed to making a difference on professional and personal levels. You’ll hear him discuss his family foundation and his portfolio of businesses that include the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Moderator: Steve Wyche, Reporter, Host & Analyst, NFL Network.

Progressive Team Ownership: A Conversation with David Blitzer, Global Head, Tactical Opportunities Group, Blackstone, and Co-Managing Partner, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers & Crystal Palace F.C.

Since the World Congress of Sports was launched in 2002, a new generation of leaders has taken the helm of some of the top organizations in sports, including teams. This session will examine the vision, mindset and best practices of one the most enterprising team owners in sports, David Blitzer. We’ll take a look at some of the key principles used outside of sports to better manage and grow the value of sports interests. Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal.

Top Moments from Barstool Sports with Erika Nardini, CEO, Barstool Sports

The top 10 sports stories of the year according to Erika Nardini, CEO, Barstool Sports.

Networking Break

A New Era: A Conversation with Chris Koch, President & CEO, New Era Cap

Moderator: Paul Danforth, Head, Global Sales, CAA Sports.

From the Nation's Capital: A Conversation with Ted Leonsis, Founder, Chairman, Majority Owner & CEO, Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Zach Leonsis, Vice President & General Manager, Monumental Sports Network

With his internet background and pioneering spirit, Monumental Sports & Entertainment head Ted Leonsis has long been considered one of the most innovative team owners. Now, he’s been joined in the corporate ranks by his son Zach, who is bringing his own brand of innovative thinking to Monumental Sports Network. You’ll hear their views on team and venue ownership; TV, digital, mobile and OTT strategies; forging corporate partnerships; and their role in the community. Moderator: John Ourand, Reporter, SportsBusiness Journal.

Champions Panel Discussion: Reflecting on a Career in Sports While Looking Toward the Future

In one of World Congress’ most popular sessions, the recipients of SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious honor, “Champions: Pioneers and Innovators in Sports Business,” will reflect on their years in sports. These industry veterans will share stories of their highlights — and challenges — of a career in sports. Offering a mix of anecdotes, humor and advice, while looking toward the future, these executives always give the audience a memorable ride. Ed Goren, Founder & CEO, Goren Media Group; Larry Levy, Founder & Chairman, Levy; George Raveling, Global Basketball Consultant, Nike; and Janet Marie Smith, Senior Vice President, Planning and Development, Los Angeles Dodgers. Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal.

Networking Reception Hosted by

Thursday, April 20

Exhibits Open & Continental Breakfast

Opening Remarks

The Future of the Beautiful Game: Rights, Reform and Expansion

In recent years, the sport of soccer has been rocked by corruption at the highest levels of governance. But the popularity and growth of the sport on a global scale is uncontested. FIFA is expanding its field for the World Cup from 36 to 48 teams. Foreign capital continues to pour into the English Premier League. MLS franchises are some of the hottest properties in the land, attracting a new generation of investors. And broadcasters are buying up rights at unprecedented levels. You’ll hear from three major stakeholders in the sport: Don Garber, Commissioner, MLS; Sunil Gulati, President, U.S. Soccer; and Victor Montagliani, Vice President, FIFA; President, CONCACAF. Moderators: Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Daily/Journal and Peter White, Partner & Global Co-Chair, Media, Sport and Entertainment Sector, DLA Piper.

A Conversation on Los Angeles 2024

Los Angeles has created a power base and is pulling out all the stops to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. You’ll hear why this bid is so important and the promise and opportunity around hosting the Summer Games in L.A. The conversation will include Scott Blackmun, CEO, USOC, and Casey Wasserman, Chairman & CEO, Wasserman. Moderator: Ben Fischer, Reporter, SportsBusiness Journal.

Networking Break Hosted by

The Fan Experience In and Around the Venue

Entertainment districts, emerging technology, architectural innovation and the mobile experience are transforming the live sports experience in the U.S. and throughout the world. This session will focus on how franchises, stadium operators and other stakeholders are creating an experience for consumers that would have been unthinkable only decades ago. You will hear from Chris Granger, President, Sacramento Kings; Perkins Miller, General Manager, North America, StubHub; Brian Murphy, Vice President, Creative Product and Strategy, STRIVR Labs; Tim Romani, Founder & CEO, ICON Venue Group. Moderator: Eric Fisher, Reporter, SportsBusiness Journal.

Inside the “O.J.: Made in America” Documentary: A Conversation with Connor Schell, Senior Vice President & Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content

After two years in the making, the journey for ESPN’s feature documentary, “O.J.: Made in America,” culminated in an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. In this must-see session, Michelle Beadle, NBA Countdown Host and SportsNation Host for ESPN, will interview the driving force behind the documentary, Connor Schell, Senior Vice President & Executive Producer, ESPN Films and Original Content. They will take an insider’s look at the making of the seven- and- a-half hour documentary, including the inspiration for creating it and its commentary on race relations in Los Angeles.

Program Concludes