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Dealmakers in Sports
December 2, 2020
1:00 – 5:00 PM ET 

1:00 PM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Abraham Madkour, Publisher & Executive Editor, Sports Business Journal

1:05 PM
From the Office of the Commissioner
Gary Bettman, Commissioner, NHL
Moderator: Liz Claman, Anchor, Fox Business Network

1:25 PM
Inside the Deal: UBS Arena at Belmont Park
Tim Leiweke, Founder & CEO, Oak View Group
Jon Ledecky, Co-Owner, New York Islanders; Founder, U.S. Office Products
Jeff Wilpon, Partner, Sterling Equities
Moderator: Joe Leccese, Chairman Emeritus & Co-Chair, Sports Group, Proskauer

1:45 PM            
Dealmaking, Data and Market Growth
Will Ahmed, Founder & CEO Whoop
Moderator: Eric Prisbell, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

2:00 PM
The Value Proposition of Team Ownership
Jeff Vinik, Owner, Chairman & Governor, Tampa Bay Lightning; Owner, Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment
Moderator: Abraham Madkour, Publisher & Executive Editor, Sports Business Journal

2:15 PM            
Innovating the NFL’s Approach to Partnerships, Deal Structures and the Role of Equity and Investment
Kevin LaForce, SVP, Media Strategy & Business Development, NFL
Moderator: Ben Fischer, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

2:30 PM            
Progressive Ownership: An Inside Look
David Blitzer, Co-Managing Partner & Co-Chairman, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment; Global Head, Tactical Opportunities, Blackstone
Moderator: Rob Tilliss, Co-Founder & CEO, Inner Circle Sports

2:45 PM            
BREAK

2:55 PM
Disruptors: Acquisition-Based Growth in the Sports Agency Industry
Chris Koras, CEO, REP1
Moderator: Todd Burach, SVP & Senior Relationship Manager, Entertainment Division, City National Bank

3:10 PM
SPACs: Finding Opportunities and Value
John Collins, CEO, Sports Entertainment Acquisition Co.
Moderator: Chris Smith, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

Alan Kestenbaum, CEO & Chairman, Sports Ventures Acquisition
Moderator: Chris Smith, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

3:35 PM
Building Value: A Conversation with Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank, Co-Founder, The Home Depot; Owner & Chairman, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and Blank Family of Businesses
Moderator: Ben Fischer, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

3:55 PM            
From the League Office: Navigating the New Sports Economy
Christian Seifert, CEO, DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga
Moderator: Mark Burns, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

4:10 PM
Dealmakers and the Trends They Are Watching
Kirk Lacob, EVP, Basketball Operations, Golden State Warriors; VP, GSW Sports Ventures
Moderator: Eric Prisbell, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

Meredith McPherron, CEO & Managing Partner, DRIVE by DraftKings
Moderator: Eric Prisbell, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

Wes Day, Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, Teall Capital
Moderator: Chris Smith, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

Holly Maloney, Managing Director, General Catalyst
Moderator: Chris Smith, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal

Times are subject to change.