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27 - 29 April 2020, London

Where Technology Meets Sports Business

Key Stats

800+
Attendees
70%
Senior decision makers
90+
Speakers
50
Sessions
30
Countries

Key Pillars

Exploring how data is being collected, measured, and applied in sports.

Looking into the challenges that surround planning for events that will meet fan expectations.

Examining what steps can realistically be taken by those in the sports world to make a tangible difference.

Addressing some of the most pertinent issues in the broadcasting sector.

Examining the impact of technology and the challenges of content creation.

Drill down into the most disruptive topics transforming the industry

SportsPro Live returns in April 2020 for the seventh edition of our flagship event! Featuring new and exclusive content, this year’s event is built on five key pillars focusing on DataSmart Venues & CitiesSustainability, Broadcast, and Digital Transformation covering topics including esports, artificial intelligence, investment, finance and more throughout.

While other industries are well on their way, sports is still playing catch up in terms of adopting technology. This event will offer two days of content filled with insights and inspiration for how players across the ecosystem can integrate technology to offer solutions to their business challenges.

Previous Speakers

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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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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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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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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.

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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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Matt Drew

EVP, Rights

DAZN Group

Matt is EVP, Rights at DAZN Group. His team leads global rights acquisition and strategic partnerships for DAZN across existing and forthcoming markets. Matt previously held the position of EVP, Business Development, working across broadcast, betting & data rights, having joined Perform Group via the acquisition of sports data and analytics company Opta. Prior to that Matt practiced Corporate and Commercial law.

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Jonathan Levene

Managing Director

Intel Sports

Jonathan Levene is Managing Director, Business Development at Intel Sports Europe. Jonathan leads Intel’s mission to pioneer the digitization of sports in the EU by driving the next wave of powerful technologies that will allow fans to experience the game in a more personal and immersive way. His group is responsible for forming new key partnerships with international leagues and federations; including teams, properties, media-rights holders, broadcasters and networks.  Jonathan is leading the successful collaboration with the Spanish soccer league “La Liga” incorporating FC Barcelona, Real and Atletico Madrid clubs amongst others. Jonathan joined Intel in 2016 as part of the acquisition of Replay Technologies where he served as Vice President of strategy and business development responsible for driving the company’s strategic vision and the global partnerships of Replay’s Emmy-Award winning, volumetric video format.

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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.

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

2019 Advisory Board

Alexandra Willis
Alexandra Willis

Head of Communications, Digital and Content

Alexandra has achieved industry-wide recognition in her use of technology to transform the perceptions of a traditional brand in her role at Wimbledon, building an award-winning digital and communications strategy that is at the heart of the long-term future of the brand. Through the combination of a content-first, platform second approach, a data-led audience strategy, and placing value on consistent innovation as well as continuous evolution, Alexandra has led Wimbledon to become one of the most well-respected digital brands in sport.

Benjamin Steen
Benjamin Steen

Head of Digital Projects

Benjamin is a native from Munich, Germany that studied Media Management and Sports Marketing. Steen has worked for over 15 years now in Germany’s largest and most successful soccer club, FC Bayern Munich. Since 2010 Benjamin has been responsible for the operations, marketing and development of digital projects. In 2014 Benjamin was put in charge of customer care, digital licensing as well as the digitalization of the Allianz Arena.

Elizabeth Stranges
Elizabeth Stranges

Partnership Manager, Sport

Elizabeth is a Canadian expat who relocated to the UK earlier this year to join Twitter’s Global Content Partnerships team, managing sport partnerships. She works with some of the UK’s largest broadcasters, leagues, teams, federations and sporting events, including Sky, Eurosport, BBC, Wimbledon and the European Tour, to bring great sports video content to the platform. Prior to her move across the pond, she was a Client Account Manager with Twitter’s advertising sales team in Toronto for 3+ years. She started her professional career in Sponsorship with the Canadian Olympic Committee, where she funneled her passion for sports and marketing and “ice” hockey into her day job. You can follow her at @estranges on Twitter.

Marissa Pace
Marissa Pace

Chief Marketing Officer

Bio Coming Soon…

Pontus Eskilsson
Pontus Eskilsson

Director of Partnerships, EMEA

Pontus Eskilsson is the Director of Partnerships, EMEA at Twitch, where he works with broadcasting partners from individuals to developers, publishers, and organizations. Pontus’s expertise lies in Esports and Digital / Creative Advertising. Before joining Twitch, Pontus was the Director for the biggest esports and gaming site in the Nordics, Fragbite, where he developed esports activations for brands like McDonald’s, Com Hem, and Pokerstars.

Sam Jones
Sam Jones

Chief Executive

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.

Sasha Ryazantsev
Sasha Ryazantsev

Chief Finance and Commercial Officer

Alexander (Sasha) Ryazantsev joined the Board of Directors of Everton Football Club in March 2016 following a successful career in finance and investment banking spanning more than 20 years.

He became the Club’s first Chief Finance and Commercial Officer in June 2018.

Sasha graduated from the Russian Plekhanov University of Economics in 1995 with a BSc in Economics and Commercial Management, later working as an investment analyst at Global Natural Energy PLC, where Everton major shareholder Farhad Moshiri was CEO.

After completing his Masters in Finance from the London Business School in 2002, Sasha joined ABN AMRO Bank, where he led a team advising European consumer brands on their capital structures and corporate financing. Sasha was then invited to join the corporate financing and risk solutions team at RBS in 2007, where he was responsible for bond issues and mergers and acquisitions across Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2016, Sasha advised Mr Moshiri on the acquisition of a significant stake in Everton and the strategy of the football club going forward.

Born into a footballing family, Sasha’s father was a goalkeeper at a number of clubs across the former USSR in the 1960s and 1970s and he himself played at right-back for Dynamo Moscow boys until the age of 16 but then turned his focus towards his studies.

In 2018, Sasha completed the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sport programme at Harvard Business School to further enhance his commitment to the business of sport and finance.

Tim Godfrey
Tim Godfrey

Chief Marketing Officer

Bio Coming Soon…

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