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  • Soccerex Offers a Trio of Events in 2019 -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) Soccerex is adding a new event for 2019 while also returning to China and the USA.

    The organization, which describes itself as the global leader for the business of football, will be coming to Oeiras, Portugal for the inaugural Soccerex Europe on September 5-6.

    The event will unite key rights holders and businesses from across Europe and the rest of the world and will provide European football with an important in-market gathering ahead of UEFA’s 2020 European Championships.

    Soccerex will also be returning to China and the USA in 2019, a year after inaugural events in both countries

    Soccerex China 2019 will take place on May 23-24 in the coastal city of Sanya, in China’s Hainan Province while Soccerex USA will return to Miami, Florida for a second straight November.

    “2019 looks set to be a spectacular year for Soccerex – we are thrilled to be building on the success of our events in China and the US by continuing to provide the industry with vital business platforms in these two vibrant markets and I am really excited to be bringing Soccerex to a new country with Soccerex Europe in Portugal, home of the European Champions!," Soccerex Co-Founder Rita Revie said in a statement.

    Book your place for Soccerex China before March 23 and save more than 40% from the final rate. Click here to sign up.

    Los Angeles Sports Summit Debuts in June

    The inaugural Los Angeles Sports Summit will be held from June 24-26 in downtown Los Angeles.
    (LA Sports Summit)

    The three-day event featuring owners, athletes and dealmakers was announced this week by the Los Angeles Sports Council and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG).

    “Los Angeles is the place for sports — teams, leagues, owners, venues, events and players — so it’s only natural that we convene a yearly conference that brings them all together,” said Sports Council President David Siegel. “The LA Sports Summit will do just that.”

    The Los Angeles area is home to 11 professional sports teams, eight NCAA Division I schools, 14 stadiums with at least 10,000 seats, 11 arenas with 5,000 seats or more, dozens of smaller sports facilities, and millions of fans.

    Organizers expect more than 350 high profile attendees from the region, across the country and around the world. Among the topics to be explored at the LA Sports Summit include what’s new in sports innovation, fan experience, fantasy sports and esports; women and sports leadership; and upcoming events such as the 2019 World Urban Games, 2022 Super Bowl, 2028 Olympics, and anticipated 2026 FIFA World Cup matches.

    Interviews and panels with team owners, star athletes and the executives behind the art of the deals will be featured.

    An early bird discount is available here until February 14. Corporate packages for multiple registrations are available along with sponsorship and exhibitor showcase information.

    SportAccord's First Regional Event Focuses on Pan America

    Registration is open for SportAccord's first regional event and the first with a particular focus on Pan America.

    Regional SportAccord Pan America 2019 is billed as the only networking and conference event to bring the Pan American, and the Olympic and non-Olympic community together in one location.

    The event will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from December 10-12. Click here to register.

    “The purpose and value of the event lies in giving international sports federations the opportunity to exchange views and ideas with sport entities and businesses in the Pan American region supported by continental unions and national federations,” Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord said in a statement.

    “Regional SportAccord is the perfect platform for enabling this to happen in a constructive and beneficial way for the region and across the sports movement and we look forward to welcoming the sports community to Fort Lauderdale.”

    The three-day event, which expects to bring together 500 attendees from around 400 organizations, follows in the footsteps of the annual SportAccord convention, which this year will be May 5-10 in Gold Coast, Australia.

    The inaugural SportAccord Pan America will be followed on December 13 by the debut of the Panam Sports Gala, which will recognize top athletes from the 2019 Pan American Games and Parapan Games in Lima.

    The gala is part of Panam Sports President Neven Ilic’s efforts at “reengineering” the continental association representing 41 NOCs in the Americas.

    Esports Business Summit Registration Opens

    (Esports Business Summit)
    The Esports Business Summit runs from September 10-12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    The event is described by organizers as “the world’s only conference that connects the entire esports ecosystem”.

    The Esports Business Summit promises those who attend will “meet and learn from key executives from brand marketing, television, sports and technology who are growing their businesses by leveraging the passionate global audience that esports delivers”.

    Click here to register at discounted rates.

    Former IOC Member to Speak at SportsPro Live

    More than 700 delegates are now expected at the sixth edition of SportsPro Live. 
    Former IOC member and Olympic champion Angela Ruggiero is a guest speaker (ATR)

    The event, which will be held on April 30 and May 1 in London, will feature what organizers say is "a future-focused sports agenda looking at the meeting point between tech, business and fandom".

    Organizers have added five new forums to the agenda, including finance, artificial intelligence, esports, digital transformation and broadcasting.

    Among the more than 70 expected speakers will be former IOC member Angela Ruggiero, who is the CEO and co-founder of Sports Innovation Lab and Steve Elworthy, the managing director for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

    VISTA 2019 

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has extended the deadline to submit abstracts for its VISTA 2019 scientific conference until February 15. 

    Interested participants have the opportunity to present their research papers in front of many of the world’s leading sports scientists and experts in Paralympic sport, who will gather in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from September 4 to 7. 

    The keynote speakers for the conference were confirmed recently.

    Leslie Swartz, Nick Webborn, and Marjan Olfers are all world-renowned sport scientists and experts covering topics relating to development, medicine and law in the Paralympic Movement.

    The ninth edition of the conference for sports scientists and experts in Para sport is organized through a partnership between the IPC and the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science (AISS). 

    This year’s theme is “Healthy and Fit for Optimal Performance". Around 300 of the world’s leading sports scientists, sport medicine practitioners, classifiers, coaches, athletes and sport administrators are expected to attend the conference.

    VISTA is designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives and reputation of the IPC while providing a platform for the academic world to meet with athletes and professional experts in the field of sport for athletes with an impairment. 

    Attendees registering before June 1, 2019 at can take advantage of a discounted early bird registration rate for the conference at the Novotel Amsterdam City Hotel.

    SPORTELAsia Registration Still Open

    Online registration is open until March 3 for SPORTELAsia 2019, which is March 5-7 in Macau.

    “SPORTELAsia is the ideal environment for the SPORTEL Community to come together to do business in the Far East and across Asia Pacific,” SPORTEL CEO Laurent Puons recently told Around the Rings.

    “It is a unique opportunity for SPORTEL participants to meet the leading sports business decision makers from Asia who do not attend any of SPORTEL's other events.”

    Among those who are attending are representatives from Spain's La Liga, the NBA, the International Table Tennis Federation, Dentsu, and Infront.

    SPORTEL has also launched its new cost effective and flexible exhibitor package with opportunities starting at €3,000 ($3,440).

    Written by Gerard Farek 

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