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SportsPro Live 2022 brought more than 70 experts from across the sport business industry. Below is some of the inspirational content that was seen across the two days.

Keynote: Leading the Six Nations

  • Lessons learned from this year’s Six Nations campaign. What to expect from the future?
  • How has the Amazon Prime partnership impacted the wider broadcast strategy?
  • How TikTok as title partner can impact the growth of the women’s game?

Ben Morel, CEO, Six Nations

Keynote: Building a challenger sportswear with Castore's Co-Founder

  • How has Castore managed to grow from a premium-focused start-up to a company serving premium rights holders?
  • What has been the biggest challenge in starting a brand and what learning can you share?  
  • What value is there for sports properties to partner with challenger brands?

Tom Beahon, CEO & Co-Founder, Castore

Keynote: From the pitch to the boardroom: Interview with the RFU’s Sue Day

In this fireside chat you’ll hear Sue discuss:

  • Her personal journey in rugby, from being England captain to President of Wasps and now to be the RFU’s Chief Operating and Financial Officer and Board Member.
  • Her thoughts on what will enable women’s rugby’s continued development over the coming years.
  • The current challenges and opportunities facing women’s sports today
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Sue Day, COO & CFO, Rugby Football Union

Fan Centric Sponsorship

  • What is the definition of fan centric?
  • How can brands and sports properties deliver value not only for their partnership, but also the fans?
  • What do fans want from their team’s sponsors?
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Todd Kline, Chief Commercial Officer, Tottenham Hotspur

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Ryan Norys, Chief Revenue Officer, AS Roma

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Claire Cronin, Chief Marketing Officer, McLaren Racing

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Sarah Batters, Director of Marketing & Partnerships, Southampton FC

Building a Metaverse in Sports with Roblox

  • What role can the metaverse play for sports?
  • What is Roblox strategy to creating experiences for sports fans?
  • How does the Roblox model open the metaverse for more interoperability?

Christina Wootton, VP, Global Partnerships, Roblox

Acting on Insight: The development of cricket's The Hundred

  • Taking a consumer-centric approach to format development
  • How the tournament engaged and attracted a new audience to cricket.
  • Why women’s cricket was a centrepiece of the new competition
  • The ECB’s innovative approach to commercial partnerships

Sanjay Patel, MD, The Hundred

Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of the Womens Hundred & Female Engagement, The Hundred

Rob Calder, Commercial Director, The Hundred

Redefining the fan experience through digital

  • What experiences within the fan journey can be consolidated digitally?
  • How to upskill your fans to immerse themselves with new digital processes
  • How can a comprehensively designed digital fan journey increase share of wallet?

Mike Armstrong, Chief Marketing Officer, Juventus

Aarti Dabas, Chief Media Officer, Formula E

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George Aivazoglou, Vice President, Head of Fan Engagement & DTC – Europe and Middle East, NBA

Sponsorship with purpose

  • How are societal values impacting decisions for brands and sports properties on who to partner with?
  • How can these partnerships be formed to deliver authentic impact towards causes?
  • How to balance marketing a consumer product with a brand message

James Murray, Chief of Staff for CEO, AC Milan

Carey Weeks, Director of Partnerships, The Jockey Club

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Owen Hughes, Global Head of Sponsorship, Nissan Group

Zarah Al-Kudcy, Head of Partnership & Development, Formula 1

Challenge and change: the role of the CEO in 2022

In this session Matt Rogan chats to three leading CEOs in international sport for a candid look at the realities, challenges and opportunities of leadership in 2022.

This session is timed to celebrate the launch of Matt Rogan’s SportsPro CEO Playbook 2022, a rich source of pragmatic advice for all those leading sports organisations.

Matt Rogan, Strategic Advisor, SportsPro

Steve Elworthy, CEO, Surrey County Cricket Club

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Victoria Gosling OBE, CEO, GB Snowsport

Ben Morel, CEO, Six Nations

Keynote: The Triple Bottom Line - SportsPro Hackathon Winners

  • What was the winning idea for this year’s SportsPro Hackathon?
  • How can sports have success balancing financial, environmental, and social sustainability?
  • How is the next generation of sports leaders approaching the future of the industry?
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Winners of the 2022 SportsPro Sustainability Hackathon

ACF Fiorentina - Linking Physical & Digital Ownership

  • How does ACF Fiorentina’s NFT allows fans to digitally collect, but physically own memorabilia?
  • How are Genuino integrating the metaverse into the NFT experience?
  • How is blockchain technology ensuring fans can feel confident purchasing authentic memorabilia?

Gabriele Bernasconi, Co-CEO, Genuino

Eleonora Mulas, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Genuino

Entering into sports sponsorship

  • What is the value proposition for brands to begin sponsoring within sports?
  • What are the challenges for brands looking to get their foot in the door?
  • How can brands maximise their impact of entering the market?

Mike Mainwaring, Head of Sponsorship, Cazoo

Playing with Purpose: Broadcasting a Net Zero Event

  • How Sky delivered #GameZero alongside Tottenham Hotspur
  • Why taking a pioneering role in environmental sustainability is at the core of Sky’s strategy
  • What actionable steps broadcasters & sports organisations can take to be more sustainable

Steve Smith, Executive Director, Content, Sky Sports

The Wolves Strategy to Diversifying Brand Beyond Sport

  • How are Wolves looking to connect with their fans beyond sports into wider popular culture?
  • How did their unique partnership with Warner Music come about and what impact has it had with growing new fans for Wolves?
  • What other initiatives has Wolves taken to grow new fans domestically and internationally?
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Russell Jones, General Manager, Marketing & Commercial Growth, Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Rugby League World Cup's new approach for hosting Major Events

  • What are the logistical challenges to hosting 3 events within 1?
  • How are the Rugby League World Cup ensuring a sustainable approach to hosting major events, as well as making sure to equally promote diversity within the tournament?
  • What can destinations and event organizers apply from this approach?
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Jon Dutton, CEO, Rugby League World Cup

Tracy Power, Social Impact Director, Rugby League World Cup

Launching an NFT collection

  • What considerations do you need to make before creating a NFT collection?
  • When ready, how do you create a NFT?
  • How are NFT’s managed?

Sunil Singhvi, Chief Business Development Officer, Rarible

The Sorare approach to Gamifying NFT's

  • What is the importance of creating utility regarding NFT’s?
  • How have Sorare successfully created a community within their product?
  • How does gamification impact engagement and retention?

Michael Meltzer, Head of Business Development, Sorare

Entering the Metaverse with LaLiga

  • What is a metaverse? And what are the applications to sports?
  • What considerations were taken by LaLiga before launching their metaverse?
  • What do GreenPark Sports consider best practices for building and introducing fans to a metaverse?
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Tony Grillo, Chief Strategy Officer, GreenPark Sports

Digital Transformation: Volleyball World

  • What was the process by which FIVB split it’s functions with Volleyball World?
  • How is digital transformation impacting all elements of volleyball from elite to grassroots?
  • What are the steps for undertaking a massive digital transformation?

Finn Taylor, CEO, Volleyball World

Jessica Roosli, CMO, Volleyball World