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30 April - 1 May 2019, The O2 , London

Where Technology Meets Sports Business

Key Stats

700+
Attendees
75%
Director level or above
70+
Speakers
50
Sessions
1 in 3
From overseas

Drill down into the most disruptive topics transforming the industry

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

We’ve added five new forums built around the hottest topics in sports business to ensure we go deeper than ever into the most disruptive topics transforming the industry today including: finance, artificial intelligence, esports, digital transformation and broadcasting.

Access all five forums and have the opportunity to network with all delegates over two days of cutting edge presentations.

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?

Speakers

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Joe Carr

President

World Surf League

As President of Tours, Experiences, and International at the World Surf League, Joe leads the organization’s events, athletes, and international business.

Joe joined the WSL from UFC, where he served as Senior Vice President, Head of International and Content, and was responsible for the company’s global strategy, operations, and content distribution, while managing more than 35 employees across six offices worldwide. Prior to the UFC, Joe began his career in private equity and real estate development.

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Pancho Schroder

Chief Financial Officer

FC Barcelona

Pancho joined FC Barcelona in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is responsible for Financial Strategy, Corporate Governance and Strategic Relations (joint ventures).

Pancho transformed the finance function from a traditional domestic oriented football club into a comprehensive strategic support function and the largest Sports Institution in the world. Implementing foresting tools based on scenario management principles to anticipate Club’s resource requirements and ensure compliance with statuary financial stability rules. Leading the shift towards securing mid to long term financing resources to match the Club’s mid/long term goals.

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Anouk Mertens

Chief Operating Officer

ELEVEN SPORTS

In November 2018 ELEVEN SPORTS announced Anouk Mertens would become Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mertens has served as Managing Director of ELEVEN SPORTS in Belgium and Luxembourg since October 2015, turning the business profitable in under three years and achieving 100% household distribution across the market. In her role as Group COO, Mertens will amongst other things; manage budgets in all areas, review market performances and seek synergies and operational efficiencies across the group. Mertens will also continue in her role as Managing Director in Belgium and Luxembourg.

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John Gleasure

Chief Business Development Officer

DAZN Group

John is one of the founders of DAZN Group (formerly Perform Group), a digital leader in global sports media and one of the fastest growing media companies in the world.

Over the past 14 years, John has overseen all Commercial Partnerships and Rights Relationships that have fuelled its International expansion across the globe.

DAZN Group is home to DAZN, the world’s first pure-sport live and on-demand streaming service that is leading the charge to give fans a better and fairer way to watch. It’s now live in nine countries, including the U.S., Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain and Brazil.

John has over 25 years’ experience within the Sports, Entertainment and Music business having previously spent time at Sky Sports, EMI Records, Hutchison Whampoa and Sony Pictures.

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Sean Bratches

Managing Director, Commercial Operations

Formula 1

Sean Bratches was named Managing Director of the Formula 1® Commercial Operations division in January 2017. With three decades of leadership, management and operating experience at multi-billion dollar scale in the media, entertainment, and sports business.  He spent 27 years at ESPN where for 10 years he served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Sean lead a sales and marketing team that provided national advertisers access to ESPN and its media, marketing and content platforms.  He was also responsible for the first unified sales organization that represents The Walt Disney Company’s premier collection of sports assets across all media platforms.

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Sam Jones

Chief Executive

NFL Game Pass

Sam Jones is the CEO of NFL Game Pass/OverTier, and is responsible for operating NFL Game Pass, the innovative subscription streaming service for the National Football League, across 61 European markets. Sam is a renowned executive who has built leading-edge, direct-to-consumer growth enterprises for world renowned tech, media and e-commerce companies including Bauer Media Group, Perform Group, Warner Music and Silicon Valley-based Kyte. Throughout his career, Jones has consistently delivered inspired innovation to connect millions to their passions via every screen, device, and platform; driving bottom-line revenue and user growth.

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Angela Ruggiero

CEO and Co-Founder

Sports Innovation Lab

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.

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Keith Pelley

Chief Executive

European Tour

On Monday August 3, 2015, Canadian Keith Pelley became the fourth Chief Executive in the history of The European Tour. Prior to joining The European Tour, he was President of Rogers Media in Toronto where he was responsible for leading the overall operations of the company’s diverse portfolio, including Television, Radio, Publishing, Digital Media, The Shopping Channel, subscription-based content services, Toronto Blue Jays, and Rogers Centre. Before that, he was Executive Vice-President of Strategic Planning at CTVglobemedia, President of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium – which won a record seven awards for its coverage of Vancouver 2010 – President and CEO of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, and President of The Sports Network in Canada, a company he first joined as an Editorial Assistant in 1986. He is a graduate of Ryerson University with a BA in Radio and Television Arts, and also received an ATCL diploma from Trinity College in London.

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

Andreas Heyden
Andreas Heyden

Chief Executive

Andreas Heyden has been CEO of a company that may not immediately stand out to you. Called DFL Digital Sport GmbH, it’s better known as the digital arm of the German Football League, the Bundesliga.

Now 2 years into his first role in sport, he’s been an integral part of the drive to develop an engaged community of fans of the league, and obviously its 36 teams who are all stakeholders in the business.  They’ve succeeded in bringing more production in-house as they look to control their destiny in an ever changing media landscape.

He’s passionate about taking down the silo’s we see in production, where you have separate TV, digital, partner and social teams. Stating that, “The more you break the structure up the more you can re-use and re-utilise content to create interesting, compelling and highly engaging content either for B2B or for B2C”.

Before he ended up in football, Andreas built up almost 20 years of experience with internet businesses. Starting out with I-D Media and Microsoft before spending 6 years at German broadcaster RTL. Rising up to become a leader of people at a young age.

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.

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 Rabin is a global business and technology executive, who most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at HEED (joint venture between AGT International and WME/IMG), AGT International (a pioneer in proprietary IoT, IoT Analytics, Deep Web Analysis, Machine Learning, Social Data Management, Big Data integration and advanced analytics), and the media-technology venture, Vocativ (www.vocativ.com – which utilizes proprietary technology to explore the deep web for original news, stories and video production).

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 Strategy 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.

 

Jonathan Earle
Jonathan Earle

Customer Director

Jonathan has 25 years-experience in blue chip and private equity organisations across banking, mobile, retail and sports. Holding senior positions at Telefonica O2 where he ran the consumer mobile P&L and also led the strategy and transformation of the business to Dixons Carphone Warehouse where he was Commercial Marketing Director, the largest mobile and electrical retailer in the UK. He is now Customer Director at Sportradar – a private equity backed company obsessed with understanding fan engagement and creating products & propositions based on customer insight.

Michael Cole
Michael Cole

Chief Technology Officer

Michael was appointed CTO for the PGA European Tour in Nov2017, with responsibility for Digital, Scoring, Infrastructure and Data Management including Official World Golf Rankings. Formerly, Michael was the London 2012 Marketing and Communications Director for BT Global Services, and responsible for activating BT Global Services’ highly successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games marketing campaign worldwide, as well as being responsible for operational and crisis communications across BT’s highly acclaimed London 2012 Delivery programme. Michael then went on to form TrueGold Communications, a sports marketing agency specialising in technology-based global sport sponsorship.

Patrick Jeant
Patrick Jeant

Director of Innovation

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