A division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), CAA Sports represents more than 1,000 of the world's best athletes, coaches, on-air broadcasters, and sports personalities, and leads all agencies in contract value under management exceeding $7.9 billion, according to Forbes. CAA Sports has completed more than $3.5 billion in new sponsorship business on behalf of its clients and orchestrated precedent-setting agreements for the new Yankee Stadium; the Marquee partnership deal at Madison Square Garden; the naming rights for the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium and Chase Center, the future home of the Golden State Warriors. CAA Sports Consulting advises, manages, and activates on more than $2.5 billion in sponsorship rights deals on behalf of leading global brands and includes an award-winning experiential marketing practice. CAA Premium Experience is a full-service hospitality and event management practice that works with Fortune 500 companies across hundreds of global sports and entertainment events annually, and Fermata Partners, a division of CAA Sports, is a specialized consumer products licensing agency that represents more than $2 billion in annual retail sales. In 2016, CAA Sports acquired ICON Venue Group, the leading owner’s representative and project management firm, which oversees the development, design, and construction of major stadiums worldwide, including the O2 Arena, Staples Center, and Chase Center. Additionally, the agency’s media practice has structured and negotiated more than $37 billion in media rights deals.
With more than 80 reporters, editors and guest columnists, SportsBusiness Journal is the category-leading weekly magazine covering sports business. SportsBusiness Daily, the industry’s leading daily online site summarizes industry news reported by more than 600 media outlets while its international subsidiary, SportsBusiness Global, covers sports business news stories throughout the world by following more than 200 local language publications and media outlets.
Resource Guide LIVE is the industry’s digital directory with listings on more than 75,000 people and in more than 11,000 companies. The Sports Business Conference and Events Group currently produces 12 industry-leading conferences and events.
More information can be found at: sportsbusinessjournal.com; sportsbusinessdaily.com; sportsbusinessdaily.com/global; resourceguidelive.com and sportsbusinessdaily.com/conferences-events.
The Sports Business Group is a division of American City Business Journals (ACBJ), which comprises a host of city-specific weekly business journals, BizJournals.com and Hemmings Motor News. ACBJ is part of Advance Publications.
For more than half a century, Herrick’s Sports Law Group has helped a diverse group of franchises, owners, investors, athletes and other industry participants shape the evolving sports landscape. Many of the industry's transformative concepts — including regional sports broadcasting, pay-per-view telecasts and premium stadium experiences — were brought to life by Herrick clients who relied on our Sports Law Group to help them stay ahead of the game. Nationally ranked for excellence by Chambers USA and Legal 500, and as an elite firm by SportsBusiness Journal, our sports lawyers advise on a wide range of corporate, real estate, tax, financing, IP, litigation, and restructuring matters.
Herrick, Feinstein LLP is a full-service 140-lawyer firm with offices in New York City; Newark, New Jersey; and Istanbul, Turkey.
Nolan Partners is the world’s leading and largest retained executive search practice dedicated to the sports and entertainment industries. Nolan Partners has placed over 500 executives across 6 continents and in 25 different sports.
Nolan Partners' client portfolio includes the Chicago Cubs, Chelsea FC, PGA, Wimbledon, Arsenal FC, San Jose Earthquakes, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Blue Jays, Mercedes F1, and Rugby Football League, among others.
Operating from offices in London, New York, and Los Angeles, Nolan Partners focuses on C-Suite, VP, Boards of Directors and General Management searches across both business and high-performance areas. Nolan Partners truly operates with a global network driven by principled research and innovative talent identification tools.
EverFi is an education technology company that develops digital learning resources that help students build the critical skills they need to be successful in life, including financial literacy, STEM readiness, health and wellness, character development, and diversity and inclusion. In partnership with corporations, professional sports leagues and teams, and coach and athlete foundations, EverFi delivers custom, student-facing programs at no cost to schools and community organizations throughout North America.
For more information on EverFi, visit EverFi.com/Transform
Ticketmaster is the global leader in event ticketing and consistently ranks among the top eCommerce sites in North America. We are proud to provide the most trusted, innovative, and comprehensive ticketing solutions that empower the finest 2,000 clients worldwide to deliver first-class experiences to fans of all live entertainment genres.
DLA Piper provides a full range of business legal services to many of the world’s major stakeholders in the global intersection of sports, media and entertainment. Among our clients are sports leagues, bodies and teams, media, Internet and entertainment companies, organizers of Olympic and world events, corporate sponsors, advertisers, financiers, developers, investors and other commercial parties. They come to us for advice on broadcast and media rights sales; IP protection and licensing; mergers and acquisitions; disputes and controversies; development of and compliance with international and domestic regulations relating to sports competition; development and financing of stadiums and arenas; and other finance and transactional matters.
DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world. To learn more about DLA Piper, visitwww.dlapiper.com.
At StubHub, our mission is simple: help fans find fun. We connect fans with their favorite teams, shows and artists and introduce them to the ones they'll love next. As the largest ticket marketplace in the world, we enable fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of events, whenever they want, through our desktop and mobile experiences, including our StubHub app for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. Offering a superior fan experience at its core, StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. Our industry firsts include the introduction of the first ticketing application, the first interactive seat mapping tool and the first live entertainment rewards program. Our business partners include more than 130 properties in MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA, plus AEG, AXS and Paciolan. With the acquisition of Ticketbis in August 2016, throughout the world, StubHub provides the total end-to-end event going experience. StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). For more information on StubHub, visit StubHub.com or follow @StubHub on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or YouTube.com/StubHub.
Corporate Events Inc. (CEI) is a full service audio visual production company with a proud history of over 15 years bringing events to life, focusing exclusively within the corporate event space.We understand that each event is unique and we take the time to ensure that even the smallest details are covered. We provide state of the art equipment, experienced project managers and technicians so that your events run smoothly and within budget guidelines. CEI works as your event partner to make your event memorable and engaging, thereby creating post meeting legacy that lasts long after the event has concluded. Live events are exactly that- on the spot, rapidly changing environments, and we’ve spent years perfecting them.Our goals are simple, we strive to flawlessly execute our audio visual productions and focus on providing the highest level of customer service. So how do you create a world class event? Partner up with experts. Explore the solutions that make the difference. Get to know CEI. Corporate Events Inc., Your Event Partner. www.corporateeventsinc.com
Heritage Werks specializes in creating and mining state-of-the-art archival programs to fuel fan engagement, new revenue streams and fresh content for stadiums of the future.
Our enterprise approach positively impacts a team’s daily business flow, breaking down silos and supporting collaboration, ideation, innovation, and information sharing across every major department.
We are the heritage agency for sports, brands and entertainment. Our clients include DOW 30 and Fortune 500 companies; leading technology, retail, luxury and fashion brands; NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL teams and many others. We also provide private client services to support the needs of celebrities and highly accomplished individuals including some of America’s most influential business leaders.
To learn more visit www.heritagewerks.com.
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Proskauer’s Sports Law Group has been recognized by Chambers USA as "first-rate” with clients praising that “Proskauer is pretty much unparalleled.” As part of its "best in class – smart, focused and committed" practice, the firm represents a broad range of clients in antitrust; acquisitions of sports teams; sports-related financings; television, media and distribution agreements; stadium and arena development; key facility contracts, including naming rights, cornerstones and seat licenses; production and distribution of sports content across all platforms; e-Commerce and technology acquisition and licensing; joint ventures between sports entities and media and technology companies; collective bargaining agreements with players, referees, umpires and other game officials; and litigation matters involving the most pressing issues facing sports. For more information, please visit www.proskauer.com.
Young Executives Program Partner
Eventellect is the leader in driving incremental ticket revenue for sports teams and entertainment companies by developing and executing supplemental pricing and distribution strategies. Through expertise in pricing and risk management, the firm helps partners leverage current consumer trends to maximize ticket yield, attendance, season ticket sales and other metrics. Eventellect’s dedication to its partners is recognized by being ranked by INC magazine as one the 1000 fastest growing privately held US companies for seven consecutive years.
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AGA is the premier national trade group representing the $240B U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.7M jobs. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It’s the mission of AGA to be the single most effective champion of the industry.
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Galatioto Sports Partners provides best-in-class advisory, lending and capital raising services to clients in the professional sports industry, having advised on or financed 100+ transactions. Led by Sal Galatioto, named one ofStreet & Smith’s Sports Business Journal’s “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business,” GSP enjoys extensive access to governing bodies, franchise owners and executive management of the major sports leagues.
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Mobilitie is the largest privately-held telecommunications infrastructure company in the United States. As a global provider of complete wireless solutions, Mobilitie helps people stay connected on their mobile devices wherever they are. We fund, deploy and operate next generation infrastructure that enables robust 4G LTE coverage and upcoming 5G services and speeds. Mobilitie wireless infrastructure includes communication towers, indoor and outdoor neutral host DAS networks, small cells, and Wi-Fi networks. Mobilitie’s Advanced Technology Group engineers innovative wireless solutions that improve wireless service at the largest and most complex venues across all major industries—including sports and entertainment, real estate, hospitality, education, healthcare, government and transportation. The highest mobile data traffic ever recorded during an event was carried by a Mobilitie DAS network.
Mobilitie is headquartered in Newport Beach, California and has regional offices across the United States and internationally. To learn more about our wireless coverage solutions, visit us at www.mobilitie.com.
Covington offers one of the world’s premier sports practices, representing major sports organizations, including MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL, USOC, USGA, UFC, WWE, USTA, and the American Athletic Association, Atlantic 10 and Pacific-12 conferences. Our work spans the industry—from industry-shaping litigation to mergers and acquisitions, finance, and media and technology transactions, and from intellectual property disputes and enforcement to government affairs, regulatory issues, and tax matters. Covington has played a central role in headline-making sports matters for decades and is recognized by Chambers USA as a “dominant force in sports law, with an exceptional bench of experienced and skillful sports practitioners.” For more information, please visit www.cov.com.
Official Ticketing Partner
AXS provides innovative ticketing, data, and marketing solutions for more than 200 clients in live entertainment, from arenas and theaters to teams and universities. With its industry-leading technology, AXS helps clients reach more fans, gain better insights, and maximize the value of their events. The AXS platform serves millions of fans across the globe and makes it easier for them to discover events, get the perfect tickets, and share unforgettable live experiences with artists and teams. Headquartered in Los Angeles, AXS employs more than 500 professionals in multiple locations worldwide: Cleveland, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, London, and Stockholm. Learn more at solutions.axs.com.
Sportradar is the leading provider of sports data and information globally, covering more than 400,000 live events across 48 sports. Sportradar has developed the industry’s most proficient software, distributing content and data that is easy to consume while setting new standards for speed and accuracy. Turner Media, Twitter and Samsung are among the leading companies in sports and digital media relying on Sportradar for innovative content, comprehensive applications and product development. Exclusive agreements with the NFL, NHL, International Tennis Federation and NASCAR are among its 65 worldwide league and federation partnerships. Sportradar’s U.S. Advisory Board includes Ted Leonsis, Mark Cuban and Michael Jordan. Learn more at www.sportradar.com.
PwC’s sports specialists serve as trusted advisors, offering clients insights based on years of experience in the industry, and providing strategic analysis, valuation, tax, and due diligence services to sports leagues, teams, facilities and major event producers. Learn more at pwc.com/us/sports.
OMNIGON is a team of digital strategists, artists and technologists working exclusively in the areas of consumer loyalty, audience growth and digital content delivery. Since its founding in 2008, OMNIGON has established itself as a market leader, focused on helping clients achieve returns on the strategic, creative and technical investments they've made. OMNIGON, headquartered in New York and with teams in Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Kiev and St. Petersburg, works with celebrated, global brands including PGA TOUR, Verizon, Legends, Comedy Central, NASCAR, the United States Golf Association (USGA), the German Football Association (DFB), The Rugby Channel, International Basketball Association (FIBA) and countless others.
Room Key Sponsor
Delaware North Sportservice – a division of global hospitality leader Delaware North – is one of the world’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies. Delaware North has delighted fans at iconic venues and major events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NHL and MLB All-Star games, the Stanley Cup Final, NBA Finals, the FA Cup and the Australian Open.
Every day, at more than 50 sports venues around the world, Delaware North continues to demonstrate its ability to develop, operate and manage multifaceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine-dining and retail facilities that exceed the evolving needs of today's fans. Delaware North takes pride in a robust customer insights platform to provide passionate service, retail expertise, an unmatched culinary experience and partnerships that bring together the best in local fare.
From luxury suites to the front row seats, Delaware North delivers innovation and excellence. For more information, please visit www.delawarenorth.com.
ACCESS™ Event Solutions is revolutionizing the live events industry by providing advanced credential systems that solve modern security concerns. ACCESS™ has evolved into the industry leader for RFID integrated credentials, creating endless opportunities for functional enhancements that make event management easier and more secure. For more information, please visit www.accesseventsolutions.com or call 1-775-229-7200.
Official Signage Provider
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bluemedia is the industry leader in décor, custom fabrication and experiential activations for brands, teams, events, and venues across the United States.
We’re a team of creatives, engineers, managers, rule breakers and list-checkers. It’s our passion to work alongside the world’s leading designers, architects and brands to bring their visions to life from concept to execution.
Loeb & Loeb’s integrated Sports Practice draws upon the diverse experience of attorneys from various disciplines to advise media companies, leagues, franchises, owners, investors and athletes as they continue shaping the dynamic sports business. From cutting-edge media rights deals, e-sports, tech-enabled sponsorships and fan engagement experiences to high-stakes corporate transactions, financing arrangements and intellectual property disputes, our team provides a full range of legal services to help our sports industry clients achieve their business objectives.