Ivan has 16 years of experience in being an athlete and working with student-athletes. Ivan has impacted over 150 student-athletes since founding the Zone April 2016.
His role as a Director of Sports Performance at Prime performance and development has equipped him with the knowledge to see how the younger athletes adapt and engage with specific needs to further their careers on and off the court.
Packaging that experience with attaining his Masters in physiology, Sports management online certification program, and courses from Executive business program all at Columbia University has prepared Ivan to take on this role and lead the Zone through its growth. Ivan wants to make sure athletes are equipped with tools to succeed in life holistically.
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Toriano Morgan joined the Virginia State Football Program in March 2019 accepting the position of Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach.
Prior to joining the staff at Virginia State University, Morgan was a highly decorated Head Coach at Dillard High School (2018) in South Florida, where he restored the perennial prep power to prominence, guiding them to a regional playoff appearance in his first season. Morgan compiled a 9-3 record which was his Alma Mater’s best record in 15 years. Morgan was selected as the Head Coach of the BCAA All-Star Game and the Head Coach for the Public vs Private All-Start Game. Morgan was also selected as a finalist for the Tournament of Champions Coach of the Year.
Prior to his appointment as Head Coach at Dillard High School. Morgan served as the Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Virginia Union University (2014-2017). Morgan is credited with directing a prolific offense at Virginia Union, which averaged over 400 yards and 34 pts per game during his 4-year stint. In 2014, the team finished 1st in total offense and 3rd in scoring offense in the CIAA, Morgan ripened a passing average from 69.9ypg in 2013 to 409.3ypg in 2014, which help propel the Panthers to a seven-win season (7-3).
2015 was another record-breaking season for Morgan and the Panther’s Offense Averaging 36ppg and 439 ypg both 1st in the CIAA. The Panthers became the first CIAA program to amass over 2,000 yards rushing (2,215yds- 1st CIAA) and passing (2,410yds- 1st CIAA) in the same season. Offsetting that production with 22 Rushing TDS and 22 Passing TDS and an NCAA Playoff appearance for the first time in 25 years. Quarterback Shaheem Dowdy was awarded the Willie Lanier Award which goes to the best College Football Player (Non-FCS) in the state of Virginia. This was the first time this award had ever been awarded to a Div-2 player.
Morgan’s Offense has produced 11 All- CIAA Players and 4 All- Americans. Under Morgan’s direction the offense se t6 School records in his tenure.
Morgan’s offensive success over the past half a decade has awarded some national exposure. Twice Morgan was selected as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator for the HBCU Spirit Bowl All Star Game. A nationally televised game for HBCU student athletes to be evaluated for NFL
My name is Zenab Keita (pronounced Zee-na Kay-ta) and I am a Manager of Partnership Development with the Golden State Warriors!
As a former collegiate women's basketball player, I know firsthand the immense impact that sports can have on a person and a community. Sports and the connections I have made as a result of playing them is what led me to my dream school at Yale University and later on to Wake Forest School of Business to complete my Masters in Management. Grateful for these opportunities, my goal is to pay it forward through my career using the knowledge and skills I acquired in my Anthropology degree and my business school education.
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Experienced Sales Leader with a demonstrated history of success in SaaS sales. Passionate about coaching, and proven track record of hitting goals and helping sales professionals take their game to the 'next level'. Strong sales professional highly skilled in: Sales, Team Development/Leadership/Motivation, Sales Training, Sales Development, Cold Calling, Enterprise Software, and Sales Operations.
Continuously seeking additional opportunities to grow & learn, as well as driven to help others achieve 'best-they-can-be' results. Believer that we all have greatness inside, and must intentionally work to tap into and maximize. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if I can be of assistance in helping you be great...Don't Stop, Get It-Get It!
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Cameron is currently a Partnership Sales Manager with the San Francisco 49ers. In his role, Cameron is responsible for generating new business for 49ers and Levi’s® Stadium properties.
Prior to joining the 49ers, Cameron oversaw sponsorship and ticket sales at Seattle Reign FC from 2013-2016.
He earned an M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in ’13 and graduated from Arizona State University in ’10.
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All Glory to God. I have been on teams, on the field, and in the classroom my whole life. My role is best as a leader but I can adapt and be a "team player." I'm an entrepreneur by nature but my passions lie in helping/motivating others in all aspects of life, not just business. I also love all things technology and investing in the future.
I am currently the CEO of Seam Readers where it is our mission to teach the hidden art of hitting to the baseball and softball world.
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Michael Haddix is one of the nation’s most trusted and experienced business advisors for professional athletes. His passion for helping athletes build their careers beyond the playing field is the result of a lifetime immersed in sports and business. The son of a first-round NFL pick, Michael has had an intimate, personal view of the challenges and opportunities faced by active and retired athletes.
After graduating from Siena College -- where he starred for the basketball program and finished among the school’s all-time leaders in points and rebounds -- Michael received his MBA from Columbia University and began a successful career on Wall Street as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and Lazard. He leveraged his banking experience to become a financial advisor for professional athletes at Octagon Sports, managing portfolios for some of the world’s biggest sports stars.
Today, Michael leads Empower3d, which provides athletes with the opportunity to connect with and learn from industry leaders across all facets of business. The goal is to provide athletes with unbiased advice and a network of experts to support the next chapter of their careers.
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Developing a growing sports tech brand with the help of a fantastic team that is passionate about developing unrivaled sports apps for teams, leagues & tournaments. Bleachr app products elevate the fan experience and strengthen the fan community through social sharing, loyalty rewards, in-seat ordering, & ticketing.
Our platform is currently being used by many of the largest WTA and ATP tennis tournaments, including Tennis Canada's Rogers Cup, USTA's Western & Southern Open, Rolex Paris Master's, Swiss Open Gstaad, Ladies Open Lausanne, Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, New York Open, BB&T Atlanta Open, Charleston Volvo Open, and more. We are entering our fifth season with the St. Paul Saints and several other minor league baseball teams. Additionally, we are heavily integrated in the college sports market with Syracuse University, Stanford University, Pitt, Temple University, Virginia Tech, San Diego State, and several others.
A native of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, Michael Silberstein currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Washington Redskins. Silberstein completed his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University, before pursuing post-graduate degrees from Ithaca College and Georgetown University.
Prior to joining the Washington Redskins, Silberstein held sales and marketing positions within global sports marketing and entertainment agency, Lagardere Sports, as well as within the Corporate Partnerships division of MLB’s New York Mets. Silberstein has been in his current role with the Washington Redskins for 5+ years.
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Who is Marques Ogden?
I am a keynote speaker, business coach, and corporate consultant with a unique approach to elevating your success to the next level. I create presentations designed to help each brand in various elements of business - communication, sales, leadership, management, generational issues, transition, innovation, customer experience, diversity & inclusion, and more. Presentations are customized to a more traditional approach designed around The Success Cycle, which brings value back to the core basics of fundamental relationship building and success. Because improving your business doesn't have to be complicated.
Learn more about marques here https://marquesogden.com/
Experienced marketing leader building teams to deliver powerful brand stories, engaging customer experiences and strong business results by combining a data-driven approach, creative background, marketing technology knowledge, and positive attitude.
Emmy Award Winner, IDEA Golden Matrix Award Winner, JD Power Award Winner – Fan Experience
Rode 5,400 miles across the country to raise $18,000 for Make-A-Wish
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Brand Management & Marketing Strategy | Content Development & Production | Corporate Strategy | Customer Experience | Marketing Technology | Mobile Application / Web Development | Social Media Strategy | Cross-Channel Activation | Communications
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Andrew Durbin is a professional with a very unique Background having worked with professional teams in the NFL, NBA & NHL. He dives into his experiences with all three leagues and shares rare insights that you would not have heard before.
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Andrew began his career at the New York Jets as a college Intern, when he graduated he was asked to come back and be apart of the team. He began his journey at the jets as a Coordinator of Corporate Partnerships and has grown over the last 12 years into a senior director. His whole professional career has been at the jets. Tune in as he takes us through his journey...
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Who is Marcus Peterson?
WHAT I DO - NFL Wide Receiver, Male Model at LA Models, MBA Graduate in Global Business (Finance), & Owner of my own e-commerce "MP" Motivational Apparel Brand.
I have been issued in NFL NETWORK, MSNBC, ELLE MEN, FORBES contributor, ESPN, KCAL9, CHICAGO TRIBUTE, BBC RADIO 1, VOYAGE PHX, LA, NYC, & London FASHION WEEK, MEDIUM MAGAZINE, & etc..
WHAT WE REPRESENT - "MP" Motivational Brand Apparel, represents for anyone who has ever been overlooked, told they couldn’t achieve something, they aren't good enough or underestimated. Understanding that there are and will be times in our lives where we will be overlooked and counted out but we can never lose faith or sight of our goals. No matter what industry we are in, we all have a story of challenges we endure to achieving success. This notion provides the opportunity to wear our struggles through apparel to ignite our dreams in overcoming the "No’s" in life to becoming living proof of YES!
“MP” apparel is a great concept to remind others and ourselves that when we recognize our “Why” & "Purpose" in life having control of the ending result and can NEVER give up on our dreams. Understanding, that whatever happens, a human being does not have the last word for on our destiny, God does.
WHO I AM - Marcus is a young man who believes in redefining "Impossible" and the stigma of limitations. He attended a small Christian high school playing “8- man” football and was not introduced to the game of football until his 10th-grade year of high school. As his passion for the game grew he continued to sharpen his craft on the field and make his dream of becoming a professional football player a reality. Without receiving any Division-1 college scholarships, it was a long shot coming from the odds of his situation. Although, his college career did not pan out as expected, he did not let that diminish his drive for making it to the big leagues staying focused on his (Plan A).
After his collegiate senior year he had the opportunity to train with elite NFL quarterback’s, receivers, and trainers. Marcus’s faith in God and himself lead to signing an NFL, Model for LA Models, MBA graduate (Global Business), owner of his own clothing line "MP" Motivational Apparel. My story, is just like many of not getting any handouts but working hard and never giving up on his dreams.
Instagram: @marcustpeterson , @mpmotivationalapparel
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Chris enters his seventh season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020. In his capacity as Manager of Partnership Development, Chris seeks to identify new, strategic corporate partnership opportunities for the Chiefs. Previously, Chris spent five and a half years on the Chiefs' partnership activation team, leading the strategy, renewal, and implementation of multi-millions of dollars of corporate partnership business.
Chris graduated summa cum laude from William Jewell College in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration—Entrepreneurial Leadership. Chris is also a proud alumnus of the Manhattan Sports Business Academy Class of 2013.
As someone who has received its benefits, Chris places a heavy emphasis on mentorship. He credits his mentors, the people who have invested and believed in him, for his success – namely Emily Hanover, Chris Chaney, Jared Schoenfeld, Adam Rossbach, Tyler Epp, and Justin Ricklefs.
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Gary McCoy's Story:
As an Applied Sports Scientist, my role is to enable the evolution of athlete performance.
In this role, it's a failure to be a "student of the game".
I need to be a "student of the athlete"- within- the environment of the game.
Reduce Injury. Improve Performance. Simple statements -yet-highly complex tasks.
I currently work with world-class organizations to provide insight and guidance in the emerging area of high performance.
I work with analytics companies and wearable technology manufacturers in the pursuit of insights for coaches across all sports.
I provide continuing education to trainers, students, and coaches.
I continue my personal journey through research, practice, and critical thinking with the many brilliant minds I'm fortunate to connect with around the globe.
Learn more about Gary at https://www.itrainathletes.com/
Who is Joe Lofton?
My name is Joe Lofton... I am a graduate of Tiffin University, where I received my Bachelor's in Sport & Recreation Management. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I participated in sports from football, basketball, to track. I am very passionate about the sports industry and the huge impact it has on society...I mean, what would society be without sports!?
I have experience with Marketing, Youth Football, Public Relations, Ticket Sales, Coaching, Team Operations, and Event Management through previous employment & internships. While at Tiffin University, I received two Leadership & Excellence awards in Sport Management and Business Club.
Learn more about joe here...
ActivArmor provides a custom fit, designed and fabricated splints/orthoses. ActivArmor is water safe, breathable, and comfortable, fit to each individual's unique 3D body scan and designed per doctor's orders for each patient's unique injury or condition. ActivArmor is adaptable for use with advanced healing technologies such as bone, muscle and nerve stimulators and bio-monitors.
Learn more http://activarmor.com/
Bootbags™ is a 2-part project originated as an idea to further connect sports to fashion and a charity that is dedicated to giving cleats to kids in underdeveloped communities. Founded by pro soccer players, Shane Malcolm and Jordan Schweitzer in 2019, the company is dedicated to providing quality products for traveling athletes, professionals and sports enthusiasts.
For every 5 bootbags they sell, it gives us an opportunity to give a pair of new or lightly used boots to a child in need.
Learn more at https://bootbags.us/
TDJ Systems, a new golf app, TDJ Golf is the next generation of fantasy golf. It is the first to merge together on-course play and fantasy golf. In essence, we are giving fans the opportunity to star on their own fantasy team. Unlike other major sports, fans can go play golf, take their scores and combine them with a squad of pros on tour each week.
Learn more http://www.tdjgolf.com/
Passionate about strategy, leadership and entrepreneurship, my work experience is primarily concerned with providing strategic solutions that will improve upon the overall business efficiency, along with help in achieving company and individual goals.
I have been employed in the technology, healthcare services and education sector for 15+ years, I have collaborated with business partners with regards to devising business strategy, issue mitigation strategy and process improvements, I have developed and led hard-working teams, and in the process of this I have molded myself an effective and proactive leader.
• Leadership and Development
• Business Strategy and Corporate Governance
• Business Partnerships
• Data Strategy and Roadmap
• Content Marketing
• Risk and Issue mitigation Strategy
• Technology project portfolio
• Project and Program Management
• Helped raise $1M+ for the startups that I cofounded
• Grew revenues from $0 to $30K/month
• Achieved productivity in excess of 35% in several mission-critical projects
• Achieved $3M+ savings in operating cost
She-plays is a US women's professional sports leagues that seek to help provide more media attention and display. They do this in a number of ways: fantasy sports platform, podcast, blog, and store.
Visit them at http://www.she-plays.com
Following the legalization of Sports Betting in the US in the spring of 2018, Sharp Angle Sports was formed. By the winter of 2019, business partners from three successful DFS and sports betting content sites – PredictionMachine.com, 4for4.com and FulltimeFantasy.com – joined forces along with SuperContest winner James Salinas, to launch Sharp Angle Sports.
GMDY is the premier consumer shopping engine for sports. Today that means giving athlete's a platform to bring together their professional and personal brand. GMDY gives athletes the ability to monetize their social capital and measure their true brand influence.
GMDY is fundamentally changing the way sports fans shop and gain closer relationships with their favorite athletes and teams throughout the sports world. #wearthegame
We are currently evaluating the initial batch of athletes to join the platform and influence the vision around maximizing their brand value. Reach out if you are interested in taking your brand to the next level!
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The KissCam mobile app was conceived, developed and trademarked by serial entrepreneur Dana Veitch. He has expanded the KissCam brand experience from North American sports arenas and taken it worldwide. Dana knows a lucrative idea when he sees one, having fine-tuned his instincts over the last 39 years managing over $1B of mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas industry. When he is not dreaming up contest ideas, he can often be found exploring the back bowls of Vail, CO.
Learn more about the KissCam app at https://www.kisscam.com/
A young media executive, Adam is currently building Front Office Sports, a prosumer publisher at the intersection of sports and business.
Since 2014, Front Office Sports has seen steady growth, becoming a trusted industry voice. The site was recognized as by Forbes as one of the Top 50 Must-Follow Sports Business Twitter Accounts in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and Adam himself was recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in the sports category for 2018.
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James O'Connor has been globally recognized as one of the best team builders and strategists in esports. A Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, O’Connor went on to earn his MBA, translating his military skills into real-world applications. He actively supported returning veterans through his work with the non-profit, The Mission Continues, and continued to serve his community by working in economic development - first for San Francisco and more recently for Allegheny County.
Today, he is the president of the Pittsburgh Knights, a global esports team of 30+ players and streamers, headquartered in one of the most well-branded sports cities in the country. With his knowledge of management, program development, economic development, veteran affairs, data analysis, and strategic planning, his 10+ years of professional gaming experience, and his desire to bolster his hometown, he is driving the Pittsburgh Knights to become one of the most esteemed esports teams in the world.
In 2018, the Knights announced their partnership with six-time Super Bowl Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2019, the Knights brought on another strategic partner with Pittsburgh roots - multi-platinum recording artist Wiz Khalifa.
Optima Sports Group and Optima Analytics is at the forefront of athletic performance modeling. Their primary clients are professional sports franchises, sports agents as well as data companies down through to high school athletics. Their models have proven to be significantly more accurate than the current NFL draft as well as NBA, MLB, and professional soccer.
They specialize in performance models, team synergy(fit with team and system) and Injury Propensity(likelihood of injury and or full recovery from injury).
Optima Sports Group also works with top data providers helping identify data points that should be collected that are more indicative of the actual performance of the individual athlete.
Learn more about Optima Sports group here
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Ryan Hulub is currently the Senior Coordinator of Corporate Partnerships at Pegula Sports & Entertainment, in Buffalo NY. His duties include managing corporate partnerships across all PSE properties, including the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League, the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, and the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League. Ryan started his career in Radio Sales support with WFAN Yankees radio in Manhattan and has used his love for sports and knowledge of his hometown to create, and maintain influential partnerships across all PSE Brands. He continues to learn and grow in the ever changing world of sports. Find Ryan on Linkedin here
James - CEO & Co-Founder of football coach marketplace Treiner.co has been coaching full-time since 2004 in Victoria, New South Wales and Fiji developing a large network of coaches at the amateur, semi-professional and professional level, as well as coach education and sport education since 2008. He also has experience with Sports Businesses running SoccerStore from 2003-2008 (a B2B wholesale sports equipment company) and was a Director of a sales & marketing company in the UK called Reliance Group. He has a Cert IV in Small Business Management, Cert III & IV in Fitness, Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Diploma of Sport Development and Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) and completing a FFA A Licence Coaching Certificate (Level 5).
Alex Buchman enters his second year (7 years overall) as Assistant Director of Sports Performance, primarily working with the women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis programs.
Buchman oversees the weight training facility in the Carolina Soccer Center and designs year-round strength and conditioning programs for each team he works with. In addition, Buchman manages the Firstbeat Sports technology system to monitor individual and team training loads based on heart rate variability (HRV).
Before taking on the role as a full-time strength and conditioning coach, Buchman was a volunteer and graduate assistant coach with the Gamecocks. He was invited to serve as a sports scientist for several of the US Soccer youth national teams.
Buchman is a native of Lexington, SC and attended Lexington high school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science with a Business minor at the University of South Carolina Aiken and Masters degree in Sport Management from Liberty University.
Adam Goldberg, M.A, M.Ed. Adam is a professional in the sports industry. He has experience working with UCLA, the Los Angeles Angels, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and most recently UC Irvine Athletics as their GM of Ticket Sales and Service. Born and raised in a small town in Central California, Adam moved to Southern California to pursue his dream to work in Sports.
Where did you attend college?
I attended UC Merced from 2008-2012. I graduated with a degree in Literature and Cultures with a minor in writing. I then went on to get a Master’s Degree in Education from National University in 2015 and a Masters in Sport Management from USF (San Francisco) 2018.
Where do you work and what do you do?
I am the Associate General Manager of Ticket Sales and Service at UC Irvine. I plan the sales strategy and execution of ticket sales for seven different sports: Men’s and Women’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, and then baseball. This includes strategies for donations, single-game tickets, season tickets, mini-plans, and group tickets for all seven sports.
Where and when did you get your first job/internship in sports?
My first “job” in sports was volunteering for UCLA Alumni Relations. After that I secured an inside sales job with the Anaheim Angels, and shortly after a position with the Dodgers in Premium Hospitality.
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Phil Wallace is the VP of Business Development for Reigning Champs and its subsidiary NCSA Next College Student Athlete. In this role, he oversees strategic partnerships for the organization and leads new partner initiatives. Reigning Champs is the leading youth-sports experiences and path-to-college solutions provider in the U.S. With a reach exceeding 100 million student-athletes, parents and coaches, 150+ strategic partners and 900+ universities as clients, Reigning Champs is broadly recognized as the leader in its field.
Prior to joining Reigning Champs, Wallace was the Director of Marketing and Business Development for ScoreBig, the leading opaque ticket provider in the industry. Wallace began his career as an International Relations Analyst for New York’s 2012 Olympic Bid. He later served as a Board Member for the LA Sports Council and Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games and played a role in helping Los Angeles successfully win the right to host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games. Wallace also worked as a Special Projects Analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball organization.
Wallace holds a B.A. in political science from Columbia University in New York and an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Sarah.
Jake Stone is Penn State baseball's Director of Operations and Player Development.
Stone brings professional and Big Ten experience to the position, working for the Baltimore Orioles organization this summer and previously serving as the head student manager at Iowa. In his roles, Stone demonstrated advanced knowledge of the cutting-edge player development technology that has proliferated through baseball and efficiently implemented the new systems to improve player practice plans.
Stone Also has his own youtube channel, this channel is your one-stop-shop for the best, easy to follow baseball tutorials that you can find. If you're interested in a career in baseball, or you're just a fan of the game, you've come to the right place to learn more about the way today's game is played behind the scenes.
Check it out here!!!
Three P's that describe me are professional, passionate, and proactive. I am a soccer fanatic that wants to bring the change not only to the world of sports business but this world in general. Playing soccer competitively since the age of 6 taught me how to be a professional, set myself high goals and aim for greatest results achieved with the best performance possible. Sport has the power to change the world for better and I believe with the sports background, business education, and experience in both of these fields that I have, I am more than competent to not only deal with the single organization's issues but with issues of the whole field of sports business. My high levels of ambition and determination were recognized by a leading sports marketing company in Southeast Europe, one of the world's top 9 free resources for sport business. I participated in their work as an associate author voluntarily but just recently decided to start my own blog.
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In 2001, Casey Cittadino was an un-recruited high school athlete who got a last-minute opportunity to play lacrosse for the Towson Tigers, practically as a walk on. Casey eventually became a 2x Captain, All American, and ranked amongst the top 50 players in school history. He went on to play Major League Lacrosse for 9 seasons (7 with the Denver Outlaws & 2 with the Charlotte Hounds). He has also been a part of the 2014 & 2018 FIL World Games for Team Israel as both a player and a coach. Having always been fascinated with one’s Athletic MindSET and truly wanting to develop athletes, Casey partnered with Dr. Brian Marentette to bring Sports Mentalytics to athletes at all levels.
Learn more at http://sportsmentalytics.com
I'm currently the Sr. Manager of Marketing Technology for Memphis Basketball, LLC the parent company of the Memphis Grizzlies. I report to the VP of Marketing Strategy and lead the team that is responsible for the technology that supports the marketing efforts of the Memphis Grizzlies, the Memphis Hustle, Grizz Gaming, and FedExForum.
In my role, I'm involved with development, design, architecture, integration, content management and project management for our entire marketing technology stack. This includes websites, apps, social media platforms, task management systems, ticketing software, audio streaming platforms, video streaming platforms and more.
Learn more https://ahughes.biz/
Michael Cross, PhD has been a change agent in intercollegiate athletics for over two decades with professional stops at Michigan, Princeton, Bradley and Penn State Universities. As a former student-athlete, coach, administrator and athletic director, Mike is a tireless advocate for the student-athlete experience. He is a regular conference speaker and frequently confers with professionals across the country regarding research, ethical challenges and professional development. A master griller, he still has a lethal jump shot and continues to play pick-up basketball. Mike also loves planning family vacations and golfing with his sons.
As our Chief Executive Officer, we employ Mike to think big thoughts – many of which he generously shares through his professional blog: The Ultimate Sports Insider.
Rachel covers all of NCSU's home W. Gymnastics meets as the Sports Analyst or Play-by-Play. While streaming I provide detailed descriptions of elements, bonus combinations, unique moves to be aware of, point out faults that have been made, and more! These get interesting - be sure to tune in!
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My name is Mike Margolies.
I help prevent people in sports and business from choking! I've worked with thousands of athletes for over three decades. I've taught them about the game within the game. I've trained professional and elite athletes and helped guide many to World Championships, the Super Bowl and recently the World Cup. When you want to be the best that you can be and the one thing you might be missing is the right Mental Game- what can you do? Do you know how to play the game? Mental Toughness is a skill.
My work with teams over the years has enabled him to bring his experiences to the corporate world. I've helped nationally recognized companies with the same types of strategies used with sports teams. My book is called “The Athlete within You”: A Mental Approach to Sports and Business.
I am a Certified Mental Trainer®, Sport Psychology Consultant, Author, Radio Host, Professional Speaker and so much more. Let me convince you that you should play the game within the game. The Athlete within You is waiting to come out. Maybe you just need to learn the rules.
Specialties: Pre & Post Performance Routines, Goal Setting, Imagery Rehearsal, Confidence Building, Emotional Control, Attentional Focus: Concentration Training, Anger Management, Stress / Anxiety Management, Team Building & Team Cohesion, Life Skills Balance College Prep Assistance, Parent Training, Motivation, Psychological Rehabilitation of Injured Athletes, Peak Performance
Joe graduated from Full Sail University's Sports Marketing and Media program as Valedictorian and has worked with a multitude of sports organizations, ranging from minor league teams to professional organizations. Developing strong marketing strategies and building engaging content to create lifelong fans are what he strives to do.
Learn more about Joe https://www.linkedin.com/in/joezollo/
Elaine has been racing jet-powered dragsters for the past 14 years. Along with her husband, Chris, they have blazed new trails in the racing community. Elaine is a strong advocate for "Girl Power" Each and every day Elaine works with students from Florida Institute of Technology, from helping them build their brand, to producing their own reality TV show, to the business of Motorsports. As a STEM ambassador, Elaine travels throughout North America visiting schools and businesses encouraging people to have the Guts to go for the Glory.
Learn more https://www.elainelarsen.com/
SportsVision is an advanced sports analytics platform powered by Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Computer Vision for both off & on the field Analytics that caters to the needs of everyone involved in sports management.
Revolutionizing sports with cutting-edge AI technology. The SportsVision platform enables coaches/managers to analyze and enhance the performances with vision-centric insights like never before. When videos are uploaded onto our cloud-based platform, the state-of-the-art, deep learning algorithms, provide multiple insights such as automated action, and event tagging, pose analysis, player tracker, brand logo recognition, and rating application. With exciting features such as quick match highlights, action area detection, and team recognition, SportsVision is democratizing sports technology for coaches/managers and digital broadcasters.
Learn more https://www.sportsvision.ai/
PATRICK DEES IS THE CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF GAMING OFFICER OF THE FCFL
Patrick is a serial entrepreneur and dynamic executive involved with a myriad of successful startups. Co-Founded Talk About Wireless.
The Fan-Controlled Football League (FCFL) is exactly what it sounds like, a real-world sports league where the Fans are in charge. It’s like Madden in real life.
All FCFL games will be live-streamed on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for gamers and eSports, available on mobile, desktop, and tablet. The FCFL has also teamed up with IMG Original Content who will be supporting the league with their unparalleled expertise in sports and entertainment.
Maxamillion Enterprises -Where Mpowered Leadership Matters... Master Developer of the Global C-Suite Cycle of Leadership. Human-Centered Design Architect for the Sports, Entertainment, Tech and Philanthropic Industries. Sustainable Smart Cities Advocate, Catalyst for Economic Empowerment leveraging Blockchain and other leading technologies. Experience Disciple of Brian Solis.
Learn more here https://www.linkedin.com/in/jsylvain-sep-maxlife/
Former sports sponsorship and marketing professional who got tired of brands asking for more digital assets and not having enough of them in our packages....so I created SQWAD.
At SQWAD we help sports teams, events, and properties connect fans to sponsors digitally during breaks in the action. We provide teams with easy to plug in digital contests and activations that grab attention, fan insights, and are a trackable asset to help you compete with digital advertising.
Today advertising dollars are pushing toward digital initiatives. We help you provide digital assets sponsors and fans love that easily plug into your game day.
Check out medium.com/sqwadblog for more insights on the sponsorship industry.
Learn more about SQWAD at www.sqwadhq.com or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A veteran print and digital Sports Writer-Reporter-Blogger-Author experienced in writing in-depth profile stories on a variety of high school, college, and professional athletes and teams.
Jerry covers Brooklyn, NYC, and Long Island. Plus, Parts of New Jersey.
Specialties: Baseball, football, hockey and basketball writing. Jerry has also have covered lacrosse, soccer, golf and track and field, with ample experience cover women's sports.
Food Writer/Blogger experienced in venue write-ups and reviews.
In addition, Jerry has ample experience working with medically fragile children, children with behavioral challenges, and children and adults with cognitive impairments.
Roy J. Akers is a broadcast journalism graduate of MSU in 1985. He is the former Sports Director for Detroit Sports Media and a current contributor to the Oakland Press. He is passionate about Football, Baseball, Auto Racing and Golf among other sports.
Roy holds a Strong Background as a multi-media journalist producing content covering Nascar, PGA Golf and more...
Check out more of Roy's content here https://www.midwestsportsscene.com/
Who is Shannon Potts?
A Marine Corps veteran with over 25 years of football experience as a player, coach, and scout. I founded the premier sports scouting agency in America, Hidden Gemz Sports Scouting. With connections all across the world, we market and promote athletes to teams at every level for professional opportunities. We also market and promote high school athletes to college coaches for scholarship opportunities. My passion has always been coaching which I have done at the youth, middle school, and semi-professional levels. I served as a student assistant at the Division 1 college level for 2 years and I was invited to coach in a college exposure/all-star type game (USA College Football Bowl) at Savannah State University in 2016 where I coached Running Backs for one of the two teams. I have also owned and run my own private training business through CoachUp where I earned CoachUp Captain (elite private trainer) status.
I hope to make Hidden Gemz Sports Scouting as successful as possible and maybe one day parlay that into a professional football scouting position or recruiting for a college football team.
Gustavo's skillset extends from project financial management to "Games Day" operations. With a background in the mining business, Gustavo was invited to join the Rio2016 Summer Olympics LOC, where he played a crucial role at the Results Services functional area. Gustavo was responsible for 17 Olympic venues and 10 sports. Also, as a team member, he leads internal initiatives related to human resources and team building, workforce planning, and participated in the Power / Energy planning committee.
As a firm believer in the power of sports to change people's lives, and using sports to improve community health and wellness, Gustavo joined Clancy's Sports to lead Strategic Planning projects and Sports Tourism projects. Gustavo is well connected within the Brazilian endurance community and has developed Sports tourism events related to endurance sports.
Graduated from the University of Central Florida, with a degree in Sports Business Management from the DeVos program, he is passionate about innovations and technology.
StatsBomb brings advanced analytics to global football with twice the data of any other provider out there. StatsBomb boasts some of the world's elite soccer teams such as Paris St.Germain as clients. Most recently was Director of Corporate Development and Strategy at DraftKings and founded iSport Consulting to help tech, gaming and sports startups achieve funding and partnerships.
Former: Founded the first European daily fantasy soccer site, Mondogoal, where partnerships with FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Real Madrid, AS Roma, Manchester City FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, West Ham United FC and 3 other clubs made Mondogoal the leader in DFS in Europe, and opened the doors towards a B2B approach with Lottomatica and SISAL. Sold Mondogoal to Global Daily Fantasy Sports in early 2017.
Previously, was Head of Digital running digital strategy and business development for AS Roma. At AS Roma, I was responsible for all web and mobile platforms for the club including the website, eCommerce site, Social Media, mobile, gaming and database marketing. The current venture leverages my experience with AS Roma and with running technology startups to help soccer clubs monetize its vast social media and global fanbase across a fun and interactive platform.
Specialties: Social media, eCommerce and consumer internet strategy, venture capital, revenue growth and marketing. Rich contact set across internet advertisers, leading internet companies, advertising agencies, media, sports franchises and venture capitalists. Angel investor (AS Roma, Gazelle, TrueFit, Iconicfuture) and equity advisor for FitTech.io, CustomMade, MoodMe, Spogo and Blinkfire Analytics. Last but definitely not least, 25 year New England Patriots season ticket holder!
Learn more https://www.linkedin.com/in/shergul/
Ken Troupe is an independent sports marketing and digital media consultant with 20 plus years of experience. He is an established sports industry veteran with a proven track record of success in ticket sales management, revenue-generating ideas, staff development and mentoring, digital marketing expertise, and personal brand training experience.
In 2008, Ken launched KT Sports Marketing, working with clients that include the Atlanta Braves, Sky Blue FC, New York Giants, Turnstyles Ticketing, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Phoenix Coyotes. He was an early adapter of integrating social media with innovative selling strategies to allow ticket sales reps to develop their personal brand and sell more tickets. In 2011, Ken launched the first and only weekly Twitter chat on ticket sales best practices at hashtag #social4tixsales.
Ken Troupe is an independent sports marketing and digital media consultant with 20 plus years of experience. He is an established sports industry veteran with a proven track record of success in ticket sales management, revenue-generating ideas, staff development and mentoring, digital marketing expertise, and personal brand training experience.
Throughout his career, Ken has had a knack of developing unique marketing and revenue-generating ideas. In 1994 at his first MiLB stop, he developed and executed a “Strike Back Against the Strike Night” which was covered by the CBS News Eye on America series. As a consultant, Ken developed and implemented new group strategies for the Atlanta Braves that resulted in a 9% growth in sales revenue over the previous season. He developed and implemented the GOALden Ticket program for the Phoenix Coyotes, which produced an ROI of 282% and resulted in several earned media opportunities. Ken developed his skills as a sports marketer while spending the early part of his career working on the ticket sales side of the business with the Houston Astros, Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers, and Phoenix Coyotes.
Learn more about Ken https://ktsportsmarketing.com/
FOUNDER & CEO
Keirsten is the founder and CEO of LRT Sports. On top of that, she is a writer for The Huddle. Being the Chief Executive Officer of LRT Sports means that Keirsten is the one held accountable for the success of the company’s efforts, across the board. She is also our Chief Amusement Officer; she promotes laughter in our business, eye roll. Playing varsity tennis and soccer for Skidmore College in New York has given her the endurance to be able to push the company to the next level day in and day out.
Learn more here https://www.lrt-sports.com/
Dr. Steve Horwitz is a graduate of Cornell University and the National University of Health Sciences.
He was selected by the USOC to be the sole chiropractor on the US Olympic Team medical staff for the XXVI Olympiad. He has traveled internationally with USATF and consulted with several Division 1 sports programs.
He was chairman of the Maryland Council on Physical Fitness, the Maryland director for the NSCA, and the co-chair of the Care and Prevention of Sports Injuries program in Montgomery County, MD.
Dr. Horwitz is two-time champion of the Tactical Strength Challenge Master’s Division and the founder of TeamSafe®Sports.
Mr. Jaime Saltos has been working in the football industry for over 10 years providing career advisement, management, coaching, mentoring and consultations for professionals footballers & football teams around the world.
US Soccer Federation Agent / Intermediary
Ecuadorian Football Federation Agent / Intermediary
US Olympic/Paralympic Athletes' Mentor
US Soccer Federation Licensed Coach
Agent Founder & CEO at JS The Football Agent, LLC.
Founder, President & CEO at ÉNDOXO Sports, LLP.
Learn more https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaimesaltos/
Jeremy is an expert mobile developer and architect specializing in iOS, Android, and hybrid mobile Apps. He is also an expert at product development and Front End technologies. At IBM he has lead development teams at Safeway, Universal Orlando and American Express. He is also part-owner of several other apps, including Golf BPM and ShoeSwipe. Since 2011 he has led over 25 App development projects for iOS, Android and Web.
In addition to programming, he is an expert in UX (user experience), design thinking and prototyping. He doesn't just follow the news and trends; he creates it by regularly podcasting about trends in mobile, user experience and App development.
He gives back to the mobile community with his video teaching series on Udemy and YouTube. He is also the host of the “To App or Not To App” podcast.
He attended Golden Gate University and received a Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. He has expert-level knowledge of front and backend programming languages, databases and system architecture.
Ken has trained hitters at all levels of baseball and softball, from beginners to Big League players, with unprecedented success. As an associate scout for the Tampa Bay Rays (2003-2014), he focused on player development rather than the traditional role of scout. One of the most sought after hitting coaches in his area, Ken built, owned and operated three batting cages and has consulted on a number of baseball training related projects.
He developed several unique training methods that have been practiced with great success, including a timing-based method that has led to the creation of the X-Factor system. Never one to accept anything without thorough analysis and investigation, Ken’s unique approach compels him to seek out the how and why never allowing himself to be confined by the consensus of the current or popular paradigm.
Ken has authored several publications on the science of hitting, as well as on swing mechanics, including his most recent contribution, “In Pursuit of the Optimal Swing, pt. I”, in which he challenges the assumptions of a noted physicist, Professor Alan Nathan. A creative person by nature, published singer/songwriter, and actor, Ken’s ability to think outside the box, along with his vast experience in baseball training enables him to know which questions to ask, making him uniquely qualified to succeed.
After competing for the French National Team at the Sydney Olympics, Myriam retired from Synchronized Swimming to attend business school. She worked for Accorhotels in marketing and sponsorship in France, Thailand, and Australia and eventually resumed her sporting career to compete for the Australian National Team in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Following her second retirement, Myriam combined her business and sports knowledge to return to sport and worked in high performance and sport management in England and in the U.S for several years before founded Athletes Soul.
Where are you from?
I was born in Lyon, France. I have an older step-brother who lived with us when I was little and then it was just me, my parents and my cat.
When and how did you start synchronized swimming?
I grew up in a family of skiers. We spent a lot of time in the mountains in winter and summer. So there was no background in swimming in my family but I always loved the water. I saw Muriel Hermine (a famous French synchronized swimmer) on TV and knew this is what I wanted to do. It took me about a year to convince my mum to look into it. I was six when she finally registered me with the local club.
Can you give us a summary of your career?
I had abilities for the sport and pretty quickly I started training five days per week. We lived pretty far from the pool and, in middle school, it would take me 1.5 hours to get to practice from school. I would take the regional bus, then the city bus, the subway and another bus. But I had all my friends at swimming and I loved it so I never thought of it as difficult. I would use the travel time to do my homework.
I competed in age group national championships from 10 years old on. I won my first national championships at 12 and participated in youth national team every year after that. At 15, I moved to the National Training Center in Paris to train for the Junior World Championships. After that, I made the senior national team and participated in many international competitions: winning the silver and bronze medals in European championships and cups, placing in top five at world championships and cups, and fourth at the 2000 Olympic Games. I was promoted to the duet after Sydney and competed for another two years with the French Team. I retired at the end of 2002 and then went to business school. I returned to the sport at the end of 2005 and competed in the Beijing Olympics for Australia in 2008, placing seventh.
Learn more about Myriam here https://www.linkedin.com/in/myriam-glez-8682422/
Fanisko is changing the future of Digital Fan Engagement.
Fanisko brings sports teams & leagues into the modern digital era, creating unforgettable moments for the 21st-century fan. Fanisko technology plugs into a team’s existing platform to power Mixed Reality fan experiences, combining AR (Augmented Reality) for gamification & activation, with Artificial Intelligence for personalization, so that teams can meet their fans wherever they are.
Fanisko turns your loyal fans into Digital Diehards. The Fanisko | Engage platform is an A.I.-powered backend plugin that infuses an app with our patent-pending live hybrid fantasy game, AR & VR gaming like home run derbies or three-point shootouts, and live play-by-play predictions -- TRACKED with behavioral analytics so that teams, and their sponsors, can understand their fans better. With Fanisko | Engage, fans get to be in the locker room every day of the year.
Jill is a leader who creates inspiration through strategic vision alignment. Her ability to raise large sums of money to fund innovation and create shareholder value is unparalleled. Ultimately, she is a collaborative coalition builder who drives results and moves her companies' forward.
Her goal is to accelerate the development of exciting new technologies and generate new applications that will bring her customers’ additional benefits, in terms of top-line growth and rapid return on investment.
Co-Founder and COO of FanSaves Inc. a mobile app that gives sports fans discounts and deals from the sponsors of their favorite teams, helping teams increase sponsorship sales and fan engagement.
"We're looking for something more digital" -Business Owner
"We would like to be able to track our ROI and customer analytics" -Business Owners
"We want our brand to be seen on non-game days and in the off-season" -Business Owner
These are all things my co-founder and I heard repeatedly from business owners while we were outselling sponsorship for the two minor professional hockey teams we were managing in 2017. One problem we often faced was that traditional inventory included in our sponsorship packages like rink boards and scoreboard ads were no longer appealing to brands. While we did have packages that included promotion on our team's website and social media this did little drive traffic into our partner's establishments. Instead, business owners wanted to be able to reach their target market digitally and be able to measure their return on investment with data. This is where the concept of FanSaves was born.
On the FanSaves App, you can follow your favorite sports teams and get access to discounts and deals offered by their sponsors. The app is free for fans to download and is a great digital conduit between sponsors and fans helping drive engagement. Sports fans love that they can save money in their community while supporting their favorite teams.
At FanSaves we are passionate about innovation and providing our partners with the digital solutions they need to drive sales.
For more information DM me here in LinkedIn or check out our website at https://www.fansaves.com/
Jonathan has spent the past 3 years working with the SUNY Broome Hornets hockey club after completing a broadcast degree from American Broadcasting School and finishing his Bachelors Degree at Full Sail University. Jonathan has built up his sales skills, selling advertising space on his broadcasts, as well as bringing in 8 years of experience in the minor leagues working in Merchandising/Marketing.
Learn more about Jonathan here.
Geekletes is a newly opened Esports Studio located in the popular southern Dallas, sports-centric city of Desoto, TX. Home of popular athletes such as Von Miller and Errol Spence Jr. , Martin chose to relocate their Geekletes headquarters from their 1500 sq ft arena initially located in Downtown Dallas, which first launched in 2015, to the newly renovated former ITT building in DeSoto which boasts 15,300 square feet transformed into a gaming oasis that includes a private streaming room, a competition stage, podcast recording studios, tournament hosting rooms, an outdoor basketball court, and a cafe equipped with a bar.
Geekletes Co-Founder Danny Martin defines the name “Geekletes” as a brand name synonymous with any individual who is part of the Esports industry as a player or advocate. Martin grew up in South Dallas attending schools in Oak Cliff, Lancaster, and Desoto. His entrance into the gaming industry came to him as a student at the University of Texas in San Antonio where he studied and received a BA in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship. “It all started with an individual who sought me out to help repair gaming consoles for his company. I would solicit customers on campus in exchange for his mentorship. As I started to collect data on these customers, I realized that Esports was going to be big business at the time and knew I needed to get in,” Martin said.
Martin hosted his first Esports tournament as part of his capstone in college and learned the ins and out of the Esports tournament world. In which prompted an interest in developing a software platform specifically for tournament hosting. The ideal place to learn was within the heart of San Fran, so he accepted a position at a venture backed tech start-up and eventually started working with IBM. Martin was relocated back to Dallas through IBM but was excited to return home to start building back into the communities he once grew up in.
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Sports and Information Technology Industries. Strong entrepreneurial attributes, with versatile skills and experience in Sports Media, Event Management, Branding, Athlete Representation, Radio, Public and Media Relations and a variety of Digital Strategies that includes but not limited to Graphic Design, App and Web Development. An innovator with a knack for creation of new niche businesses with strategic relevance in the Sports Industry and the current global Tech-based economy.
The African Sports Media Network is the Premier sports media Company for Africa. We operate a portfolio of companies aimed at providing you every angle of coverage of sports on the continent of Africa and of African athletes across the globe.
African Sports Media Network currently runs a digital online magazine called African Sports Monthly; www.africansportsmonthly.com two daily sports news sites African Sports TV; www.africansportstv.com and African Sports Channel www.africansportschannel.com. We also run a Blog Talk Radio program at blogtalkradio.com called the African Sports Report.
We will be bringing you live streaming of sports events from Africa and more as we grow. our company currently employs about 22 people and hope to continue to expand. African Sports Media Network has also founded the African Sports Museum and Hall of Fame and we will be establishing the Museum in the West African Nation of Sierra Leone.
Kratik did his undergrad in Electronics Engineering but followed his heart to pursue a career in sports. He ended up writing for the largest soccer website in the world, marketing the biggest soccer club in India, interning with the biggest sports management company in the world and becoming a national champion with one of the most prestigious college football programs in America as a sports scientist and a performance analyst.
He worked with probably the biggest sports performance company that makes GPS systems to learn and grow and went back to Florida State Football to work for the greatest man that he had ever worked for. When he offered him an opportunity to join him at Texas A&M Aggies Football, he was thrilled.
Learn more about Kratik here https://www.linkedin.com/in/kratik-malhotra-73068228/
VFC, the first online PvP fighting game for VR.
This is Fighting
Every real-world fighting & martial art move and attack is recognized in the game.
The player shall perform those moves with their physical body movement:
Current recognization attack types are:
Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Uppercut, Backfist, Overhand, and more.
Every movement and offensive technique is measured according to its velocity, distance of travel, area of impact, combinational effect to arrive at precise damage done, providing the most sophisticated physical data to the player.
This is VR Fighting
Each in-game character has a list of unique SPECIAL ATTACKs which can be activated when a COMBO is performed. And a combo is performed by using REAL WORLD FIGHTING TECHINQUES properly.
Learn more https://www.vfcgame.com/
PJ Laferla is a sales & Marketing Executive with 19+ years of experience establishing new business partnerships and long-term relationships in the arena of sports, entertainment, broadcast media, and technology.
Currently CGO at SportsInput, the web's cornerstone for sports betting statistics, data and analytics!
Prior to SportsInput, was Vice President at Major League Partnerships, a start-up sponsorship sales and consulting firm focused on maximizing revenue for sports & entertainment properties.
Earlier in my career, was a Director for global entertainment company, Live Nation (NYSE: LYV) as well as two professional sports organizations, including the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL), and the Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) owned Anaheim Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Specialties: Visionary Leadership, Corporate Partnerships, New Business Development, Strategy, Forged Relationships, Business Operations, Revenue Growth, Sports Betting.
Learn more about PJ here https://www.linkedin.com/in/pjlaferla/
JASON CAMPBELL is a native of the Southside of Chicago who is considered by his peers as a true rose that grew from the concrete. Jason sharpened his skillset in corporate America, working in a marketing and global branding capacity for some of the world’s most prestigious Fortune 500 companies. Over the past 8 years, Jason has worked on many of your favorite athlete’s personal brands, orchestrating their endorsement deals, philanthropic campaigns, and business development endeavors.
All of this with the goal of helping his clients create global, self-sustaining brands that transcend their sport. His fingerprints can be found across the entire sports spectrum, NBA, NFL, MLB, NASCAR, USTA (Tennis) and most recently the NHL. Whether its real estate, tech or cannabis, Jason seems to have his finger on the pulse of the next industry that is going to boom.
His deep-seated passion for community development has lead to the fusion of his sports, real estate and tech interest to be in alignment with his philanthropic work; providing much-needed resources to the less fortunate in Tanzania, China, and South Africa, just to name a few. Jason wholeheartedly believes, if you live your brand, and work your brand, then you will love your brand. Something he preaches to his clients every day.
Learn more at https://www.brandbsports.com/aboutus
Jason moved from a technical background into the media, working for Australia's largest publishing and news companies. Then the sport bug bit while at the Seven Network. He project managed a world-first Aus Open tennis live-streaming project and the genesis of Seven's 2016 Olympics offering. He then joined the QRL, building a team that brought Queensland's premier code into the digital age. He then left to build and launch The Siren, a game day content monetisation platform, and Siren Media, a digital agency for sport.
Adam Mussa is the Founder of Benchvote.com.
Australian startup Benchvote delivers innovative and proven 'fan-first' engagement solutions which captures leads, increases revenue and delivers fan insights to publishers, sports teams and their sponsors.
Some of the recent sporting rights holders, brands and sponsors Benchvote has worked with include: Australia’s NBL, 2017 Rugby League World Cup, A-League, AFL clubs Western Bulldogs and Adelaide Crows, NAB, TAB and more.
We spoke to Benchvote’s founder Adam Mussa who has a multi-disciplinary background in Digital Marketing, having worked in Social Media, Customer Acquisition, Product Management, and Project Delivery at the startup, agency and enterprise level.
He also is an avid educator – teaching classes at General Assembly and Academy Xi in Product Management, Startup Strategy, Digital Marketing, and UX.
We lead with the news that the Video Game Entertainment and New Network (VENN) raised US$17 million in seed round funding to launch a 24/7 network dedicated to esports and gaming entertainment.
Rugby Australia does a partnership with Amazon where fans can use Alexa to get exclusive content, live commentary and more for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The fourth edition of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Sports Survey came out through the week and we discuss some of the highlights of it.
In a very short pod for this edition we talk:
Reddit and the National Football League’s (NFL) strike a partnership. The deal will see Reddit host a monthly series of ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) Q&A’s on its platform with assorted current and former players, team personnel, executives and more. Intriguingly, the NFL will also produce a digital video series featuring the guests, to be distributed on Reddit as well as on their own channels and outlets.
And we talk about the AFL continuing the Shanghai fixture between St Kilda and Port Adelaide in 2020.
Melbourne are soon to open Australia’s largest, and dedicated, esports Arena at the Emporium in the city’s CBD. Set to be the largest video gaming and esports entertainment venue in the Southern Hemisphere it will be developed by Fortress Esports.
Two very strong Australian sportstech companies, LIGR Systems and InteractSport, consolidate their partnership.
FIFA to stream African World Cup qualifiers worldwide. We wonder if that is the potential for the Asian Football Confederation, seeing as we’re big Socceroos supporters.
We close with a bit about Eliud Kipchoge’s attempt at a sub two-hour marathon.
Esports business Gfinity Australia is ceasing operations in November. Parent company, Here, There and Everywhere (HT&E) have cited difficulty in making this “sustainable,” profitable and getting value in the local market. We discuss if there is a problem with finding value in the esports sector in Australia?
Lifting off from there, Supercars plans to keep investing in their eseries even though their partner Gfinity Australia is ceasing local operations.
We talk through the possibilities of Super Rugby if they decide to offer more matches in front of a paywall and sell direct to fans.
And we revisit Ahmad’s cricket bet from a fortnight ago.
With the EPL kicking off this weekend, the rights in Australia are fully paywalled behind Optus. No EPL on SBS for 2019-2020 season!
Then from there, Optus have said they have 700,000 active subscribing accounts watching Live & VOD football on Optus Sport. We talk about the telco’s strategy in taking on some many football rights and if it makes financial sense in our nonsensical way.
The Nine Network continue their summer tennis push with the rights to the ATP Cup.
Ahmad and Clint then close out with a ramble about OTT and digital broadcasters in Australia.
Learn more https://sportsfinda.com.au/podcast/
Fortnite World Cup is the biggest sports tech news of the week. We give shouts and ramble on about it.
NBL’s new multifaceted, shared rights deal sees SBS offer the entire season via their OTT platform ‘On Demand,’ selected matches will be on free-to-air on SBS Viceland with ESPN televising 59 prime time NBL games as well under a two-year agreement. The NBL will absorb the production costs. It’s a long-term play, by investing in owning and producing their own broadcasts it keeps the sport visible. Basketball is a healthily participated sport with huge fandom means visibility of the NBL alongside the NBA develops a nice alignment between the two.
Speaking to the TV Blackbox podcast this week, Foxtel's CEO, Patrick Delany stated it was time sports governing bodies "got realistic about the value of rights generally and the utility of them because the market's no longer rising, it's contracting." We talk about the lessening of the value of rights and Ahmad makes a bet on cricket.
Cricket Australia’s participation figures have been revealed to be false according to a Fairfax investigation. The issue does speak to poor data and record keeping, and what does constitute participation?
Tennis Australia and TechStars to collaborate on a sportstech accelerator and incubator in Melbourne post 2020 Australian Open. Tennis Australia is maintaining their evolution as a tech focussed governing body and have found a way of safeguarding their future by collaborating with and leading sports tech companies and potential top startups to help with their on and off court technology.
One year to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Channel 7 have begun their hype, hype, hype. Seven will launch another six channels across its broadcast video on demand (BVOD) platform 7plus for the Games. Up to 40 live streams of every sport will also be available on 7plus, with the network touting more sports! more events! more gold medals! "THAN ANY PREVIOUS GAMES!!!". In other news, and very interesting news too, Channel 7 have partnered up with IOC’s OTT 24/7 channel, Olympic Channel, which will be available on 7plus.
Melbourne-based start-up PlaySport has had a big PR push with the announcement that they have unveiled its new platform connecting Australians with over 50,000 sports organisations across 350 different sports. Article was written by David Swan for The Australian – hopefully the article is not paywalled!
Rolled out in Australia this week, local Instagram users won’t be able to see how many likes other posts receive, with the social media platform implementing a trial that was first rolled out in Canada in May. Australia will be the second market in the world to participate in the test to remove the total number of likes on photos and video views in the feed, permalink pages and profiles. On the off, the emphasis should hopefully move to quality content and engagement.
Indian OTT service Hotstar sets global streaming record during India’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. The OTT service set a staggering number of 25.3 million concurrent viewers for the match from England.
US sports data company STATS has formalised its merger with Perform Content to create a new company (STATS Perform) which they have dubbed as the ‘world’s leading’ artificial intelligence-driven sports data platform. The merged company would provide massive data-led solutions including: sports research, news, and video content in combination with live betting streams, integrity services, and more.
English Premier Club Liverpool have named EA Sports as their official video games partner under a new multi-year deal. The agreement, which comes into effect from the start of the upcoming 2019-20 season, will see the games developer work with the club produce Liverpool-content specific to feature on the club’s social channels. There has been a bit shuffling between rights holders and clubs moving between EA Sports and Konami – the developers of Pro Evolution Soccer – in recent months.
Canberra-based digital agency Unbnd has finalised a partnership with the NBA to broadcast the NBA’s dedicated 24-hour channel in Australia and Singapore using its immersive mixed reality broadcast platform. Unbnd’s MIA mixed reality platform will allow viewers to watch live games, highlights, and original programming through a 360-degree virtual theatre environment that displays real-time game statistics and interactive branded content. The MIA app will be available before the start of the 2019-20 season on most VR headsets, mobile devices, and tablets. Website to check them out: https://unbnd.com.au/
Rugby Australia is looking at a range of streaming options to increase distribution of domestic and (reportedly!) Super Rugby content when its broadcast rights are renegotiated in 2020. Games such as the NRC, Junior Wallabies matches and more could be available for free in the next broadcast deal as the governing body looks to bring more rugby to different platforms for free. The problem has been that so much rugby has been paywalled for a long time so different platforms should come to the fore.
Last Friday’s Women’s State of Origin rugby league match between Queensland and New South Wales used live GPS-based statistics via Catapult’s devices during the live broadcast for fans watching at home. Both teams wore Catapult GPS devices that tracked position, and that data was used to show metrics to the audience such as speed and distance covered, and to track effort and intensity on the field. Catapult Sports, the NRL, and Channel Nine had already been providing live GPS data for the Men’s State of Origin series since 2017.
Guy started his professional athletic career as a cricketer playing five years for the Victorian Bushrangers, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades, having signed his first professional contract at just 17.
Many professional athlete careers are interrupted by injuries, which Guy has experienced, with multiple back injuries and shoulder surgeries. At these times Guy focused on his rehabilitation and desire to get back to playing the game he loved.
After losing his cricket contract due to long term injury, which was unsustainable for a fast bowler, Guy successfully moved codes to secure a contract with the Melbourne Demons. The ability to move codes is a testament to the perseverance and character Guy upholds himself to, and his desire to be a professional athlete despite a challenging career which has been so heavily influenced by injury.
However, he also saw the opportunity in using his periods of rehabilitation to acquire new professional career skills outside of sport, including working for the Channel 7 social media team, and as a broadcaster on sports radio. Having enjoyed both of these experiences, he knows that post his playing career, he will leverage his experiences as a professional athlete and the professional skills he’s already acquired to seek new opportunities.
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The latest sub-Reddit for sports streaming has been shut down, this one is the NBAstreams subreddit. This follows on from the closures of the Soccerstreams and MMAstreams subreddits earlier this year.
Staying with piracy, BeIN Sports has laid off a fifth of its workforce in Qatar, citing Saudi Arabian piracy and BeoutQ for a downturn in revenues. More than 300 staff have lost their jobs at the network’s headquarters in Doha.
As reported by AdNews, the interactive games market is forecast to become the fastest growing segment in consumer media spending, driven largely by in-game microtransactions, according to PriceWaterhouseCooper. Their annual Australian Entertainment and Media Outlook forecasts that the games and esports sector will more than double to $7.1 billion in 2023 from $3.45 billion in 2018. In-game microtransactions, 5G and cloud-based technology are expected to be some of the growth drivers of the sector.
ONE Championship have been spreading their production capability wings, now the UFC has done so with the opening of a state-of-the-art 130,000 square-foot production facility in Las Vegas.
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has joined WSC Sports in an advisory role. The automated video highlights provider for the NBA and several other professional sports leagues has made a big move with this hiring.
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Facebook has secured key content deals with the NRL, AFL and Cricket Australia. The agreement between the sporting codes and Facebook Australia means video highlights of the sports will be shown on the social media platform, with extra content placed on video streaming platform Facebook Watch. The content includes live original programs, some matches, women's and men's game highlights and weekly wrap up shows.
US media production company Thuuz Sports has partnered with Kayo Sports to integrate automated highlights into their OTT platform. The artificial intelligence (AI) driven technology, records metadata to measure fan engagement and sentiment around individual sporting events to tailor highlights packages for the use of rights owners and media partners. Thuuz’s partnership with Kayo marks the California-based company’s first venture into Australia.
The PwC Media Report came out this week, the key takeaway is the idea of the power of companion media – podcasts supporting radio for example, or social media supporting linear broadcasts.
The NSW Blues have signed a deal to wear state-of-the-art compression garments, developed by German company Bauerfeind. They use 3D scanner technology to individually fit compression garments to each individual.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will broadcast content from this year’s World Cup across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for the first time as they build greater access and visibility to the tournament. The ICC will use its official Facebook platforms to enable fans to watch match recaps minutes after games have finished. There’s also exclusive snippets and preview shows for Twitter and YouTube.
ESPN live streamed game two of the NBA finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors via its app with a broadcast aimed exclusively at a teenage audience. If you see the images, the presenters were super-imposed at the bottom of the screen during the game, commentary was different and it looks like a stream you see on Twitch. In-game graphics were also used to highlight key moments, such as dunks, three-pointers or blocks. The graphics showing player names and additional stats were also used and is known as ESPN Mode. The stats were provided by Second Spectrum, the sports data intelligence company who created the on-court graphics in partnership with ESPN – ESPN Mode has been experimented with through the NBA playoffs.
Optus have reported a record number of streaming minutes for the Champions League final. They’ve reported that the match generated 16.5 million live streaming minutes, representing a 20 per cent increase on the previous record set during thier coverage of the 2018-19 Premier League season.
Link to Gatorade’s sweat sensor article - https://www.inc.com/kevin-j-ryan/gatorade-sports-science-institute.html
Video of Leatherhead FC & IBM Watson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=421k0jn0LuM & the full film series is here: https://www.ibm.com/thought-leadership/football/uk-en/
Fox Clips, an innovation from FOX SPORTS and Rugby Australia lets fans share any rugby moments from TV. Viewers of a live sports broadcast can create and share clips of sporting highlights and share them on their social media channels. Available for anyone to use in Rugby Australia’s Xplorer app, FOX Clips uses proprietary image recognition technology to identify what program you are watching and then lets you turn it into a clip and share it .
Shout out’s to Spalk for winning of Think Sport’s ‘Startup Battle’ in Switzerland this week. Other local companies who attended were Blinder and Formalytics. Spalk is an NZ business which has developed software for virtual sportscasting and commentary, it’s agile and has the potential to be a low cost plugin for sports rights holders to bring value to their broadcasts.
Football Tech Startup GoRout has been named a finalist in a NASA Competition, they are among one of 10 finalists of NASA iTech. The company’s in-helmet display system allows players to view diagrams of plays while on the field. Source: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/itech/iTech_Finalists_Announced & https://www.gorout.com
The NRL has signed an initial two-year deal with cloud-based video production platform Blackbird to service their live clipping, editing and publishing of match highlights across their digital channels.
Vizrt has installed Viz Story across the entirety of Seven News, the news arm of Seven West Media – one of Australia’s integrated media companies. Viz Story is Vizrt’s video creation and distribution tool that allows digital media companies to quickly create captivating and branded content and publish it simultaneously across multiple platforms. All of Seven West Media hubs in Australia’s major cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Maroochydore, and Brisbane) have dedicated Viz Story installations. Source: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2019/05/17/vizrt-enhances-digital-campaign-of-australias-seven-west-media/
BeIN Sports has secured the Australian & New Zealand rights to the Copa América in Brazil. The agreement was brokered by Japanese marketing giant Dentsu.
The NBA was named China’s most popular sports league, beating out the EPL and Champions League.
Ticketek and Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane announced that they will offer contactless tickets on iPhone and Apple Watch.
Optus will offer school kids free access to Optus Sports during the Women’s World Cup which kicks off next month. The aim is to continue visibility and access to women’s sport. All 52 matches, highlights etc… will be complementary.
Foxtel suffers huge losses, which sports will suffer? Is cable Tv on the way out? Should leagues consider broadcasting their own content? Many talking points, Tune in to learn more!
Welcome to Sportsfinda's all-new podcast, in today's episode Bullpen media Founder Clint Joins me on the show and we discuss all things Sports tech from all around the globe. Bullpen is Australia's leading Sports tech publication. Tune in for an awesome show!
InteractSport is Australia's leading provider of digital and web based sports administration and management solutions. They are a growing organisation with a huge range of clients ranging from high profile national organisations including Cricket Australia, Netball Australia, England & Wales Cricket Board, Australian Rugby Union and Gymnastics Australia through to grassroots based clubs and associations. Their solutions manage the information of over 4 million participants Australia wide and is used by around 20,000 sports organisations.
Marty is the Founder of Elite Sports Performance #ESP as well as a very decorated career in the AFL and with the Malaysian Cycling Team. He was at the Collingwood AFL Football Club for 10 years as the Strength Program Coordinator and was apart of their 2010 Premiership. He held the same position with the Malaysian Cycling team that went on to win a gold medal at the world championships and an Olympic Bronze in Rio. Tune in as we discuss the Interesting Journey of Martyn Girvan. http://elitesportsperformance.com.au/
Welcome to Sportsfinda's all-new podcast, in today's episode Bullpen media Founder Clint Joins me on the show and we discuss all things Sports tech from all around the globe. Bullpen is Australia's leading Sports tech publication. Tune in for an awesome show!
Welcome to Sportsfinda's all-new podcast, in today's episode we discuss the difficulty trying to break through an industry flooded with Multi-nationals and budgets that would equate to more than 10x the value of our company!
Welcome to Sportsfinda's all-new podcast, in today's episode I go back to where it all started. A small player coming into a world of giants. I had to figure out where to start, how to start and when to start. It happened and .........
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Welcome to Sportsfinda's all new podcast, we will be discussing the current state of the Australian Sport & Fitness retail sector, why small businesses are failing and dying and how we are going to help change that.
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