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29 - 30 April 2020, London

Where Technology Meets Sports Business

Key Stats

700+
Attendees
70%
Director level or above
90+
Speakers
50
Sessions
30
Countries

Drill down into the most disruptive topics transforming the industry

The sixth edition of SportsPro Live featured a future-focused sports agenda looking at the meeting point between tech, business and fandom.

It included five new forums built around the hottest topics in sports business, diving deeper than ever into the most disruptive topics transforming the industry today including: finance, artificial intelligence, esports, digital transformation and broadcasting.

Key Themes

Finance
  • What investment is driving tech growth, both sporting and non-sporting?
  • How blockchain and cryptocurrencies can change the sports industry?
  • Where are new technologies being applied? How is this helping drive product adoption and accelerate growth?
Artificial Intelligence
  • How Machine Learning is revolutionising sports video production
  • Ways to use data and analytics to attract viewership and boost fan engagement
  • How AI is changing the future of sports marketing
  • How to attract and engage tech-savvy sports fans
Esports
  • How can rights holders embrace esports in a way that’s credible and mutually beneficial?
  • What types of formats will extend the viewership and improve the experience for the esports fanbase?
  • How does the esports model tell us about how to reach fans on digital platforms?
Digital Transformation
  • How to leverage data and insight for digital growth?
  • How can sports properties embrace technological innovation and new forms of media to keep its audience engaged?
  • How can sports build a world-class fan experience?
Broadcast
  • What will the smart, successful OTT services of the future look like?
  • How has the growth of streaming services impacted the international market?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for traditional broadcasters investing in OTT?

2019 Speakers

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Adam Leventhal

Presenter

Sky Sports

Adam has worked in sports broadcasting for 25 years and is a vastly experienced presenter on TV, online and radio. He is seen breaking news at home and abroad for Sky Sports covering international and domestic sporting events, whilst also anchoring live coverage from London. He has worked with a wide range of sporting stars on air and at events since his career began in 1995. He is also part of the Talk Sport team in their national football coverage and can also be seen on the Tales From YouTube channel – his publishing company which has released almost 20 titles over the last five years – which also produces a variety of online features. He is also a voice over artist – currently one of the voices of the Economist in the US.

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Alan Gilpin

Chief Operating Officer & Head of Rugby World Cup

World Rugby

Alan Gilpin is the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Rugby World Cup at World Rugby, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the globally-renowned Rugby World Cup brand, including the preparations and delivery for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan and the conduct of the host selection process for Rugby World Cup 2023.

Previously a lawyer, and with a strong track record in sport and business, Alan has been involved in the management and delivery of Rugby World Cup since 2001 in a number of roles.

Alan joined the World Rugby from his previous role as Chief Operating Officer of official hospitality provider, Prestige Ticketing Ltd, where he oversaw the award-winning hospitality programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Prior to the London 2012 role, Alan spent nine years with IMG, including responsibility for commercial rights negotiation across Rugby World Cup 2003, 2007 and 2011.

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Alex Rice

Chief Rights Officer

Perform

Alex Rice is Chief Rights Officer for Perform, the business behind digital sports experiences. Alex joined Perform in 2007 and has a career spanning 18 years of integrated rights experience across business development, production and strategy. In his time at Perform, Alex has led a number of key long-term acquisitions including the 10-year agreement between Perform and the WTA. which led to the formation of WTA Media and the 17-year Partnership with FIBA to establish FIBA Media. Alex’s team now manage over 200+ rights partnerships focused on driving value for clients and transforming the way the world sees sport.

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Alexandre Dreyfus

Chief Executive

Socios.com

Alex is a serial web entrepreneur with more than 22 years of experience in the digital space, building and developing tech businesses. In the late 1990s, he pioneered Webcity, the web-based interactive tourism guide, before completing a buyout with retail giant Carrefour, and later merging with a competitor service and selling to Yelp. After co-founding Winamax (the largest French online poker room) and Chilipoker in 2006, the underpinning technology platform was sold to Bally Technologies (now Scientific Games). In 2013, he acquired the Global Poker Index (live Poker’s leading ranking authority) as well as The Hendon Mob (the largest live poker database in the world). Dreyfus recently raised $66 million through a private token sale for chiliZ – a democratic team management platform that aims to revolutionise the worlds of sports and esports, through blockchain technology and smart contracts. The first white label application of the chiliZ platform is Socios.com, which offers a turnkey solution for football and sports clubs looking to adopt blockchain technology to monetise their fan bases through ICOs. To boost blockchain innovation in Malta, Dreyfus has also established the chiliZ Blockchain Campus – a new fintech epicenter that will house world-leading exchanges, crypto-friendly European banks, and leading blockchain media groups.

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Alon Werber

Chief Executive

Pixellot

Alon has been Pixellot’s CEO for the past 4 years and has led the company to become the leader in the field of automated production. He has a wealth of experience in managing high-tech companies both locally and abroad. His expertise lies in providing strategic, business, marketing and operational leadership in the high-tech industry.

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Andrea Traverso

Managing Director Financial Sustainability & Research

UEFA

Andrea joined UEFA is 2001 as the Manager of Club Licensing. In 2017, he was appointed as the Managing Director Financial Sustainability & Research. Among his new responsibilities, he led the creation of an intelligence centre, the development of the recently approved corporate strategy 2019-2024 and the set up of a new innovation unit. In addition to his role at UEFA Andrea has lectured on various Sports Masters programmes.

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Andreas Gall

Chief Innovation Officer

Red Bull Media House

As Chief Innovation Officer of Red Bull Media House, Andreas is responsible for managing the process of innovation at the global, multi-platform media company. Andreas has over three decades of media industry expertise including technology leadership positions with Antenne Bayern radio station, 104.6 RTL (Berlin),  and the Austrian Broadcaster ORF. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Technology Officer at Red Bull Media House, where he drove strategic decisions related to technology infrastructure including design, selection of platforms and media post production. He takes pride in generating new ideas and recognizing the innovative ideas of others. Andreas is an Audio, Radio and Television Engineer by education.

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Andrew Thompson

Chief Financial & Business Officer

SailGP

Andrew Thompson is the chief financial & business officer for SailGP, a new global sports property setting out to redefine sailing. He is responsible for the overall business strategy and financial planning across the league and its six international teams, as well as the engineering facilities wholly owned by SailGP. Thompson has managed SailGP’s growth from start-up to a global entity embarking on its inaugural season of five events in Sydney, San Francisco, New York, Cowes (UK) and Marseille (France).

Thompson joined SailGP following a successful tenure as CFO for the America’s Cup Event Authority, where he was an integral part of the management team that ensured the 35th America’s Cup was delivered within budget and in a commercially sustainable manner.

Previously, Thompson was finance director for the Perform Group and was a senior member of the finance team that planned and delivered the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games within the privately funded £2.1 billion budget.

Who Attends?

Arsenal
Arsenal

WWE
WWE

ATP
ATP

European Tour
European Tour

Intel
Intel

NBA
NBA

IBM
IBM

Facebook
Facebook

Youtube
Youtube

DFL Digital Sports
DFL Digital Sports

Eleven Sports
Eleven Sports

Everton FC
Everton FC

ICC Cricket World Cup
ICC Cricket World Cup

Red Bull Media House
Red Bull Media House

Amazon
Amazon

World Rugby
World Rugby

The FA
The FA

ESL
ESL

Advisory Board

Adam Azor
Adam Azor

Director of Product Marketing

Alex Beckman,
Alex Beckman,

Founder & Chief Executive

Alex Beckman is a media technology professional who lives in Silicon Valley. In 2014, Alex co-founded GameOn Technology, a chat bot network platform focused on building highly engaging fan experiences for companies like Sports Illustrated and Sky Sports. He was the founding CEO of EVNTLIVE, a video streaming platform that was acquired by Yahoo! in late 2013.

Angela Ruggiero
Angela Ruggiero

CEO and Co-Founder

Olympic Gold Medalist and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame with leadership positions at the highest levels of sport, including the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee, Angela guides the strategies of major sports organizations in her role as CEO and co-founder of the Sports Innovation Lab.

Bastian Zuber
Bastian Zuber

Director Business Analytics & Operations

After finishing his business administration studies at Cologne University Bastian started his career in the management consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he advised especially clients from the media and telecommunications industry on various issues related to strategies, tactics and financial implications. With the foundation of DFL Digital Sports in 2012, Bastian joined the company and over the past six and a half years has played a key role in building and developing the company. One focus of his work and the work of his team in the past three years was the development of a digital analytics and business intelligence platform, which currently provides all key figures of the Bundesliga’s digital platforms to all employees at the push of a button, as well as a change in corporate culture towards data-informed discussions and decisions regarding the success of our produced content.
Bruna Zanin-Juresic
Bruna Zanin-Juresic

Global Content Partnerships, Sports

Bruna has over eight years of experience across media, advertising and most recently sport. Prior to joining Twitter in 2015, Bruna worked at Ogilvy London & São Paulo, and Publicis Brazil. She now leads content partnerships efforts at Twitter UK with a range of different sports partners including football clubs & leagues, broadcasters and key motorsports leagues. Her goal is helping sports partners to get closer to their followers in the one social platform conversations happen in real-time – through Live content, video, Twitter emojis or other innovation formats.

Danna Rabin
Danna Rabin

Chief Executive Offcer

Danna is CEO of HEED, a new consumer platform that is transforming the sports and entertainment experience for young fans. Using IoT analytics and AI, HEED delivers real-time stories, unique insights and a new way to visualize and engage with live events.

As an accomplished global business and technology executive, Danna held various positions in tech and media companies. Among them were leadership roles in Vocativ – where she was an EP of Dark Net, an original Showtime docu-series – AGT International, and Comverse.

George Ciz
George Ciz

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Development

George started his career at DDB Worldwide, New York where he gained valuable marketing and advertising experience.

During his fourteen years at the ATP, George has played a vital role in strategic planning for ATP’s Brave New World (the biggest strategic change process in the organisation’s history), the introduction of the new ATP branding in 2009, creation of the new categories of tournaments (Masters 1000, 500 and 250) and the relocation of the Nitto ATP Finals to London.

George is currently responsible for driving ATP’s business development and marketing, production of the weekly ATP World Tour Uncovered TV show, editorial management of ATP digital & social channels as well as marketing and show production at the Nitto ATP Finals, the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament. Most recently George co-led the launch of inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last November, a pioneering new event that trialled numerous innovations in the game as well as serving as a global platform to promote the future stars of the sport.

Jason Traub
Jason Traub

Chief Executive

Jason is Chief Executive Officer of 23 Capital, leading the business strategy and playing a fundamental role in structuring transactions and setting 23’s culture and values.

23 is a capital and solutions company focused exclusively on the sports, music and entertainment sectors. Since inception in 2014, 23 has deployed and advised on over $2.7bn of transactions. As a specialty finance platform, 23 Capital participates in transactions across the capital structure and employs multiple financing strategies ranging from passive IP lending and project finance transactions, to highly structured corporate facilities. 23 has committed and partnership capital of over $2bn to invest across the SM&E sectors and has recently played a pivotal role in the creation and evolution of OTRO via its funding partnerships.

Prior to founding 23 with Stephen Duval, Jason previously worked within the structured credit team at Investec Bank for over 13 years, during which time he built and headed up the successful sports, media, entertainment offering at the bank. He has structured $1bn of transactions in this space.

Jeremy Waite
Jeremy Waite

Chief Customer Officer

Jeremy is Chief Strategy Officer for IBM Watson Customer Engagement (Europe). He travels around the world talking to executives about marketing and consumer trends and how IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities will revolutionise the future. He has been voted the most influential person on twitter for #BigData and one of the top 10 most influential marketing professionals globally. In previous roles he was the Head of Strategy for Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Head of Social Strategy for Adobe Marketing Cloud. Jeremy is the host of The Ten Words podcast and author of three books, the most recent of which is also called TenWords, a book about 140 “characters” who changed their industry with a ten word statement. All profits from the book are raising money for the NHS to buy to incubators for their intensive care neonatal unit.

 

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