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Volume 21 No. 1
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Faces and Places at World Congress

About 800 people attended this year’s CAA World Congress of Sports, held at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif.


Daniel Rush, Michael Goldsmith, Lisa Motley and Roy Edmondson
Gary Warech, Cary McFarland and Jason Kaufman
Gail Gitcho and Emily Walthouse
Hannah Gordon and Zuzana Bednarova
MLS Commissioner Don Garber and U.S. Soccer’s Sunil Gulati
Howie Nuchow and Alan Gold
Abe Madkour and Erika Nardini
Connor Schell and Michelle Beadle
NBA’s Mark Tatum and Big East’s Val Ackerman
David Katz and Ken Shropshire
Scott Blackmun and Casey Wasserman
Rob Freeman, Peter Zern, Adam Jones, Michael Keenan and Frank Saviano
Danita Johnson, Tracey Lesetar-Smith and Adrian Benjamin
Champions honorees DeLoss Dodds and Bill Giles were unable to attend.
Sports business influencers and decision-makers gathered in Dana Point, Calif., for the CAA World Congress of Sports. On Tuesday night, SportsBusiness Journal/Daily and CAA Sports hosted a VIP/Speaker Reception at Club 19 at the Monarch Beach Resort to kick off the event. On Wednesday, members of the 2017 class of Champions received their awards, offered stories from their careers in sports and shared their thoughts on the most pressing issues facing sports business today.

The 2017 class of Champions: Pioneers & Innovators in Sports Business: Ed Goren,
Larry Levy, Janet Marie Smith and
George Raveling.
Ed Goren of Goren Media Group and Larry Levy of Levy Restaurants
David O’Connor of Madison Square Garden Co. and Paul Danforth and Howie Nuchow of CAA Sports
Heather Post of CAA and Chris Koch and Dana Marciniak of New Era
Alan Gold of Evolution Media Capital and Jeff Krolik of Fox Sports Regional Networks
Josh Feine of New Era and Greg Luckman and Jon Levine of CAA
Asher Simons and Joe Becher of CAA, Brad Ruskin of Proskauer and Dave Greeley of Precourt Sports Ventures
Guests enjoy a California sunset during the VIP reception.